I had an excellent meal tonight at the New Lebanon
Restaurant in Margate. When we got there, the
place was empty, but we decided to go for
it, and we were very glad to have done so.
We started off with 2 appetizers...String Beans
(served cold and nicely seasoned) and some
excellent Babaganoush..The best I've had in
a very long time...Very dense flavor.
The bread that came with it was perhaps the
only slight disappointment of the evening. It
was kind of boring, but it stll made for
a serviceable vehicle for the Babaganoush.
Next came an outstanding Lebanese Salad,
made of chopped lettuce (no iceberg, which
is a good thing in my book), green peppers,
cucumbers, and a spice which I think
is called..SUMAC? The all purpose spice
used in Lebanese, Persian and other cuisines
from the Middle East. There was also a subtle
hint of mint in the salad, and it worked beatifully,
offsetting and blending with the strength of
the sumac...(Again, forgive me if I'm saying
the wrong word)
Entrees came and they did not disappoint. My dining
companion had the Beef Shawarma, which I tasted,
and it was absoutely magnificent. The meats, by
the way, are Kosher/Halal for those who are
interested in that. The meat was very high
quality and it was seasoned in a very unigue
and addictive way. I could not get enough,
and I highly recommend it. I believe the Shawarma
was sliced off of a spit, and it was very thinly
sliced. It was liberally seasoned, again, I think
with the sumac. A bold spice, but it complemented
the meat beautifully and did not overpower it.
I do not recall the lebanese name of my dish,
but it was basically grilled Chicken Shisk ke bob
with a garlic and lemon dipping sauce. I know,
we've had this a million times, but if you
are in the mood, you will be satisfied.
It was served on a bed of rice, which was
nice and moist flavorful, not sticky and
dry and boring. There were also some veggies
(peas and carrots actually) mixed in with the
rice, and they tasted fresh, as in, not out
of a can...
We had room for dessert, so we tried a cookie
that was filled with a date, sort of like
a fig newton (or a Date newton, if you will).
Both the outer shell and the inner filing
were moist and delicious.
We also tried the Baklava, which is available
with either Walnuts or Pistacchios. We went
with the pistacchios. I am happy to say that
this was the best Baklava I ever tasted.
I am sometimes hesitant to order this dessert
because it can be a bit too sweet for me.
But not this time. It was just right. The
pistacchios on the bottom were chopped
thoroughly and formed a crunchy and tasty
bottom layer. The philo dough was delicious,
and they had a light hand with the syrup,
which was fine with me, because not much
was needed. And it was not too sweet, so
it added jus the right touch.
We are not drinkers, so with our sodas and
the tip, I think it came to a little over
sixty bucks for 2 adults and a child.
If you're in margate and in the mood
for something other than diner food,
italian resturants and Ihop (all of which
I love as well, by the way LOL) then check
out New Lebanon. YUM!