Lunch today brought us back to the Mediterranean Grill. It was a place we briefly walked into a few months ago just to look at the menu and then I came back a couple of days later to get some hummus to go. It took us this long to go back to actually sit down and eat here. The owner recognized us from the few months ago and welcomed us back. We looked at the menus at the front counter and we placed our order.
Tammy decided on a gyro and decided to get it open faced instead of wrapped and also got some saffron and dill rice as her sides.. I ordered a falafel pita with hummus instead of tzatziki sauce and I also ordered a hummus appetizer. Tammy also added on a cup of lentil soup after seeing someone else order it.
The way that they make their hummus is the way I like it. It is nice and creamy and they do not go light on the garlic either. You can taste the garlic and lemon juice in the hummus. I wish I could remember to come here more often and get the hummus to go to take to work if I could afford and remember it.
They brought out Tammy’s lentil soup first. It was thick and full of flavor. The soup was made with red lentils and was complimented with potatoes and had hints of cumin and coriander infused in it. It was a perfect stick to your guts cold weather soup. Tammy really liked it and I tried some and agreed that it was really good. Next time we return I will have to get a cup myself.
They brought out the hummus and pitas shortly after. The hummus greeted us with a couple of yummy kalamata olives floating on top which I ate at the very last so I could save their great briny flavor to the end. The pita bread was thick, warm, and fluffy and tasted like it was made in house. It was cut in wedges for us and was the perfect compliment for the creamy garlicky hummus in the bowl.
It wasn’t long after we were served the hummus that our sandwiches came out. Tammy and I were both confused as to what the lady at the counter was talking about when she described the gyro being served open faced. We thought that the filling would be served on top of a piece of pita a la tostada style, instead the filling was on the plate with pita wedges on the side. I ended up having to buy another piece of pita so she could wrap her meat and filling in it. She really liked the flavor of the meat, it was tender and cooked well, and also liked the dill rice she got as well. She thought the saffron rice didn’t have much flavor and will order only dill rice next time she is back as well as order the sandwich wrapped as well. After we left I told her that the tzatziki sauce was yogurt based and that clued her in to why she thought it tasted odd. As I have mentioned in other posts she isn’t a big fan of things that are soured or fermented and that is where she then recognized the yogurt taste of the sauce. I think she is also going to substitute hummus for tzatziki sauce like I did.
With my falafel pita I also ordered some tabouli salad. There were plenty of balls of fried falafels in the pita. They were nice and brown and crispy on the outside, and soft and moist inside. They were full of flavor and went well with the hummus I asked for that was generously placed within. The tabouli was really good and tasted fresh. It was not heavy on the parsley which most tabouli is that I have had in the past, which I really liked because you could taste the other ingredients that made up the tabouli. I like tabouli because it helps cut the bad breath that the hummus generates with the garlic inside. I was still full from breakfast and we took a lot of the hummus, pita, and tabouli home. I almost wish I wasn’t so full so I could have eaten everything there.
The food and service here is great, it is hard to miss this place from the street and doesn’t look like much sitting inside a small strip of shops, but it is a great Greek restaurant and worth the drive to get here.
Mediterranean Grill can be found at:
7868 S Western Ave (Just south of I-240)
Oklahoma City, OK 73139