Monday, July 26, 2010

Cafe Baklava - Mountain View

We went to this place on a Friday night without reservation. I thought it was going to be a warm night, so I didn't bring any sweater/cardigan. When we got there, the breeze was pretty cool. So we thought sitting inside would be nicer. We requested a table inside but were told that they were all reserved. It was around 7:30 by then. So instead of waiting with an empty stomach, we took a table outside. It turned out to be not too bad. It was fortunate for us that the breeze stopped for most time during our meal so we were could dine in comfort.

We shared a appetizer platter (mezzes). I ordered chicken kebab on rice with grilled veggies. Hubby picked one from the specials. It was lamb shank on tomatoes bean sauce. We were also brought pita bread with sun dried tomatoes dipping. Those were good. The dipping sauce was a bit oily (I wasn't sure what kind of oil they used) but we were hungry.

The appetizer consisted of hummus, baba ghanoush, falafel, cevizli peynir, tabouleh, dolma . We tried each of those and also the dipping with pita bread but decided to save room for the entree. My chicken kebab was all breast meat. Mildly seasoned with lemon and still very juicy after being grilled. The veggies were a bit soggy but was good complement to the chicken and safron rice. The rice for some reason was a bit hard on certain part, as if it had been left out uncovered for a while. Hubby complaint of the same thing with his rice.

Hubby's lamb shank was very tender. Practically fell off the bone. The lamb was cooked right with no trace of lamb smell. The sauce tasted sweet with hint of cumin. It reminded us of chilli especially with the beans that we found between the sauce. :)

Cafe Baklava
341 Castro Street

Mountain View, CA 94041-1296  (650) 969-3835