Mr. Fuji and I love eating foods from around the world. It can be Japanese, Thai, German, Italian, Cambodian, or French. It doesn’t matter, we love it all. One of our favorite types of food is Middle Eastern food. There’s just something about the combination of ingredients and flavors that makes for total comfort food. We just went to a fabulous little family-run restaurant here in the Salt Lake City, Utah area that serves a wonderful array of Middle Eastern/Mediterranean dishes called O’Falafel, Etc.
Mr. Fuji and I each ordered Shwarma Platters (I had beef shwarma and Mr. Fuji had a combo of chicken and beef). Shwarma is chicken/beef marinated in a mixture of spices and vinegar and then grilled.
Our shwarma was served with humous, basmati rice, garnishes, and fresh hot pita bread. The shwarma was fabulous–tender and perfectly spiced with a slightly vinegary aftertaste.
My MIL, FIL, and SIL all ordered Chicken Shwarma Sandwiches–chicken shwarma served in pita bread with lettuce, sauce, and other garnishes.
My sweet SIL will probably kill me for sharing this picture, but I just can’t help myself. I love you Kiki!
The bread was one of my favorites parts of the meal. It was soft and moist, unlike a lot of pita I’ve eaten in the past.
We finished off our meal with some homemade sah’lab-based ice cream. Sah’lab is a powder made from the root of an orchid plant and is used as a thickening agent in the ice cream. We tried all three flavors: pistachio, coconut, and mango. All three were divine–extremely creamy and bursting with flavor. But, I have to say that my favorite was definitely the pistachio. It was so rich and creamy with a strong pistachio flavor, a hint of almond, and bits of pistachio mixed in throughout it.
If you are in the SLC area I highly recommend this restaurant. The food is delicious and unpretentious. The portions are generous and the prices are very reasonable. I think that anyone would be able to find something on the menu that they would enjoy, as there is a wide variety to choose from (including many vegetarian/vegan dishes). This would be a great place to introduce your kids to Middle Eastern cuisine!
Although this was a delicious meal, the best was yet to come. I actually went back to the restaurant early the next morning . . . .
To Be Continued, Tuesday: Oh! Falafel!…Part II
790 East 2100 South, #100
SLC, UT 84106
Tel: (801) 487-7747
Hours: Mon-Sat: 10:30 am to 9:30 pm; Sun: 11:00 am to 7:00 pm