Sunday, August 29, 2010


PICTURED (top to bottom): Restaurant, Fried Potatoes, Chicken Tawook, Lamb Kabob, Chicken Tawook Skewer a la carte, Lamb Chops, K'naafeh and Ice Cream, Baklawa and Ice Cream.

There's always a crowd at Open Sesame Mediterranean Grill in Long Beach, and we had heard from friends that the food was good. So we headed over to Second Street in Long Beach to give it a try. We were greeted by the hostess and promptly seated at an elevated table that was fit for a Sultan. We had a great view of the kitchen and the outside patio dining area. Our server was accommodating, informative and quite energetic.

W e started off with their signature Fried Potato Appetizer-sauteed with cilantro, garlic, roasted chili and lemon juice. Sweetie Pie ordered the Chicken Tawook- skewered cubes of marinated, charbroiled chicken breast, served with baba ghannouj, garlic sauce, rice, pita and salad. Her mother had the Lamb Kabob- skewered cubes of seasoned lamb, charbroiled and served over basmati rice with baba ghannouj, pita and salad. Oh, and she added a Chicken Tawook skewer on the side. I decided to try the Lamb Chops- four French cut lamb chops marinated in lemon juice, garlic and olive oil, charbroiled and served over basmati rice with baba ghannouj and salad.

The Fried Potatoes were a big hit with all of us. The ladies both agreed that the chicken was the better of the two skewered meat dishes (the lamb was tender, but a little dry). The lamb chops were perfect- tender, lean and succulent.

At our server's recommendation, we tried two desserts- K'naafeh and Ice Cream and Baklawa and Ice Cream. The ladies split the Baklawa, while I thoroughly enjoyed the K'naafeh.

The 3 Tubby Tummys give Open Sesame Mediterranean Grill in  Long Beach three thumbs up!

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