Saturday, 29 October 2011 19:04

Valley Village, CA: Al Amir Lebanese Restaurant

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They say it takes a village to raise a child but it in Valley Village it takes a community to provide great word of mouth about a little restaurant with big taste called Al Amir Lebanese Restaurant.  Homecooking meets top chef in this inconspicously located restaurant in a corner strip mall off of Laurel Canyon and just above Magnolia Blvd.  Enter the restaurant and behold a casual yet modern chic decor.  Moving on to star of any good restaurant, let's talk food.  Besides the rich flavors, my dining companion and I  quickly remarked about the fresh taste of the food. 


Upon the opportunity to talk with Chef Michel Chammara, we learned fresh and healthy is what he strives to bring forth in the food.  While the owner, Hayat Fayed shares how experiencing the cuisine on the menu is a taste of her homecooking.  Chef Michel and Fayed each  kitchen brings something special to the table which has people craving for more. 


My dining companion and I started of with beverages.  He opted for his first experience with Turkish coffee.  He found it a bit gritty and very strong but it garnered a, "I would definitely order it again."  I tried the Tahn which is a yogurt drink not for the faint of heart.  It has a tangy/slightly sour yogurt taste.  Imagine drinking unsweetened yogurt. 


Then we enjoyed the mezze including hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouli, falafel and more  A week later, I am looking for forward to experience everything on the platter again. 

Additionally we were given a sampling of the entrees such as beef kabobs, chicken kabobs, beef kafta, and chicken kafta with a compliment of rice.   All the meats are marinated, bursting with flavor.   Whether kabob and or kafta we found ourselves partial to the chicken offering.   The rice is light, fluffy and full of flavor.

As circumstances would have it, I had to run off but I took a sampling of desserts to go and shared it with a few people.  Hands down, the baklava fingers was the favorite, followed by the namomra. I admire the innovative interpretation of the classic Mediterranean dessert, baklava.


Where: 5217 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Valley Village CA 91607

Open: 11AM to 9PM

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  • Comment Link garen Thursday, 02 February 2012 19:08 posted by garen

    simply u can't eat better baba ganoug any where else.......... i gess its the chefs trademark

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