Waiting for my friend to arrive so we could eat at Corner Bakery on Ventura and Haskell in Encino, I saw a Mediterranean restaurant in the back of the parking lot. At my urging, we decided to try Sassi.
Lets start with the service. These people are the nicest hostesses and servers. And theyre very efficient. Excellent service.
The menu is varied, but definitely Mediterranean. They serve kabobs, schnitzel, pasta and the standard middle-east stuff like hummus, baba ganoush, falafels, etc. There are also entrees like lamb chops.
The restaurant is Glatt Kosher and there is a very strong Jewish feel to it. Many of the men were wearing yarmulkes and there were a number of them with the full beards. At each of the tables nearby, there was discussion of rabbis and Jewish youth groups. Its a nice community feel.
Once you order, you get 3 small bowls of marinated carrots, beets and a tasty cole slaw. You also get some warm pita bread.
The small salad plate comes with hummus, baba ganoush, tahini and another dip which I forgot the name. It is made with tomatoes, jalapenos and herbs. It is then pureed and served cold. I didnt care for this one. I think the jalapenos made my mouth tingle too much. I felt like my teeth were coming loose.
Anyway, the hummus was da bomb. It was creamy and fresh. I could really taste the beans. And like most other places, it was served with olive oil drizzled on top. Yum.
The baba ganoush was also excellent. It was fresh and light and smoky-tasting. Oh boy I liked that.
The tahini was also good. It too was creamy, and together with the other dips made a very good, balanced meal. There was too much food for me to finish.
My buddy got the chicken schnitzel pita sandwich. It was really like a meal in a pita. It had the chicken schnitzel, which he declared was awesome, along with french fries and salad all inside the pita. It looked really good.
Its kind of expensive for lunch, but I think a good value. For the above with a couple of drinks it was $30 before tip. It looks like they use the same menu for dinner, and I think given the portions, this would be a very reasonable price for dinner. I just normally spend a little less for lunch.
Oh, and fwiw theres a picture of the owner (Sasi) with Sen. Joe Lieberman on the wall.
15622 Ventura Boulevard (at Haskell)