Here are my views on â€œMediterraneanâ€ food. Prepare to be astounded.
I enjoy Mediterranean food immensely. I just donâ€™t see how one place is any different from the other.
The Kabob Express is just like the Falafel Emporium which is just like the House of Hummus.
Rarely do I see a fluctuation in a menu. Perhaps the shwarma at one place is a bit juicier, or the falafel balls might be a bit drier (Yes, I said balls) but they all seem to have the same recipes and the same dishes. They are all quite uniform and there doesnâ€™t seem to be such a thing as Mediterranean Fusion.
Which Iâ€™m totally fine with. I love all that stuff, and when I crave it, I donâ€™t want to wonder what Iâ€™m getting.
Which brings me to Gabyâ€™s, located on a nondescript section of Venice blvdâ€¦actually…isnâ€™t all of Venice blvd nondescript??
I just deleted a whole paragraph of boring description of the place. Who cares? The food is good; youâ€™re not coming here for the ambience.
I ordered the Vegetarian special, I got a little hummus, baba ghanoush, tabouli, dolmas, falafel, garlic sauce and pita. The what and the what? The yum and the yum.
I’m amused that these places exotically call themselves â€œMediterraneanâ€ to steer the customers’ minds away from what they really are: Middle Eastern.
You walk into these places and you arenâ€™t quite sure where youâ€™re supposed to be. Are those faded photos on the wall of Greece? Is the olive-skinned waitress from Spain? Those are places in the Mediterranean.
No. You are most likely in a Lebanese restaurant that thinks you will not come to a Middle Eastern establishment. And sadly, in the case of some folks, theyâ€™re probably right.
10445 Venice Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone: (310) 559-1808