Saturday, 06 March 2010 00:27

Carousel: one of the best meals I've had in L.A.

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People often ask me what my favorite restaurant is, or my favorite meal, and that's always hard to answer. To me, eating is all about the energy - who you're dining with, how the staff treats you, the strangers in the restaurant, and how you feel during and after consuming the food.

My experience at Carousel hit all the marks - the energy was great, the atmosphere was beautiful, and the food was outstanding. And it definitely helped that I had some great company - I went as a guest of Sam Khalaf from Cruzer Pizza, as he's a big fan of their food. While I won't call this my favorite restaurant, this was definitely one of the best meals I've had in L.A., and I've been raving about it ever since I left.

Coincidentally, that very day the owner (Mike Tcholakian) of the restaurant was working on the vegan menu, so he brought us out a ton of food to try. While the lentils were my favorite, everything was very fresh and flavorful. The falafel was the best I've ever had - crispy on the outside and moist on the inside. The Mousaaka (eggplant) was also fantastic. It was extremely authentic Middle Eastern food - Sam said it reminds him of what his family makes.

Our feast included:
  • Hammos
  • Tabbuleh
  • Mutabbal (Baba Rannuj)
  • Sarma (grape leaves)
  • Fattoush Salad
  • Lentil soup
  • Falafel
  • Spinach Fatayer (pies)
  • Mousaaka (eggplant)
  • Kebbeh Aadas (red lentils)
  • Coffee
Taste: 10/10
Unique menu & flavors: yes
Favorite dish: Kebbeh Aadas
Organic: yes
Healthy: yes
Customer service: excellent
Atmosphere: beautiful,
Location: central part of Glendale, and there's also a location in Hollywood
Parking: street or paid parking lot in back
Price: moderate

(818) 246-7775

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