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  • Post #31 - February 26th, 2020, 9:12 am
    Post #31 - February 26th, 2020, 9:12 am Post #31 - February 26th, 2020, 9:12 am
    Total convert to Libanais, lunch yesterday tip-top. Filling delicious lentil soup, crunchy flavor packed moist interior falafel as starters, along with the amazing tea service.

    Shakshuka w/beef for the bride and Fatteh Beirutieh with chicken shawarma for me. Both large portions, tasty and we could have easily split one or the other and been satisfied. As it was we took quite a bit of food home.

    Fatteh Beirutieh new to me, chickpeas over toasted pita bread w/yogurt topped with melted butter and pine nuts. Chicken shawarma add-on $3 upcharge.

    LibP5.jpg Fatteh Beirutieh

    LibP1.jpg Shakshuka w/beef


    Libanais, count me a Fan!
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  • Post #32 - February 26th, 2020, 12:10 pm
    Post #32 - February 26th, 2020, 12:10 pm Post #32 - February 26th, 2020, 12:10 pm
    I'm a huge fan, have not had a dud on any of my (many) orders. On the last photo, I'm seeing the beef but not the shakshuka. I assuming it's hiding below?
  • Post #33 - February 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm
    Post #33 - February 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm Post #33 - February 26th, 2020, 3:18 pm
    spinynorman99 wrote:orders. On the last photo, I'm seeing the beef but not the shakshuka. I assuming it's hiding below?

    Yes, hiding below. The bottom of the plate was mostly filled with shakshuka. The bride commented she felt the beef was superfluous, eggs were perfectly cooked. A tasty dish. I should add beef was a $3 upcharge.

    Lib6.jpg Libanais shakshuka

    LibP3.jpg Gratis dessert with lunch.
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  • Post #34 - June 3rd, 2020, 10:13 am
    Post #34 - June 3rd, 2020, 10:13 am Post #34 - June 3rd, 2020, 10:13 am
    I live walking distance from both Larsa's and Kabul House, and therefore a short drive to Pita Inn Skokie, so it takes a bit to motivate me to try yet another middle eastern restaurant.

    I finally tried Libanais for take out this week, and was I ever impressed!

    I called to verify that their online ordering system did not divert fees to other providers, and ordered online for a set time. I arrived 4 minutes before my order was due, and my order appeared the moment I reached the cashier's table. Perfect timing!

    After reading the thread, I decided to order hummus, imam bayaldi, jouji kabob, and a pound of baklava. My intent was to get two full meals and dessert for a week. My thanks to the folks on the board, I would never have tried the imam bayaldi but for the recommendations above.

    Everything was terrific! The hummus was smooth, tasty, and I really liked the whole chickpeas incorporated into the dish. And this was the least impressive of the dishes! The kabob was similar in design to that of Larsa's, which is a staple in my house. The Libanais version was more subtly seasoned, and far less salty, which I consider a benefit. In some respects, the flavors resembled a chicken croquette from the Caucasus region - and the garlic sauce provided really make the flavors zip!

    But the winner was the imam bayaldi. Wow, this may be the best use of eggplant since moussaka and eggplant parmesan! Earthy flavors of eggplant, acidity of tomato, and protein from additional chickpeas; this dish is awesome. I will never fail to visit Libanais again without taking an order home. And to top it off, world class baklava! I allocated myself a small serving, needing to save desserts for the next week before I shop again. After two more pieces, I finally stopped myself from gorging.

    I don't post much, but overall, everything was so good, I felt compelled to reinforce the positive notes of other reviewers. Libanais, you are now at the top of my rotation for great middle eastern food. I can hardly wait to work my way through the menu. But like I said, I will always order imam bayaldi!
  • Post #35 - June 3rd, 2020, 11:49 am
    Post #35 - June 3rd, 2020, 11:49 am Post #35 - June 3rd, 2020, 11:49 am
    If you liked that you'll love the cauliflower stew with moudardara (lentils/rice with caramelized onions) - a simple dish packed with flavor. The manaesh are also excellent, especially with muhammara or zaatar. The place is a gem.
  • Post #36 - September 29th, 2020, 8:50 am
    Post #36 - September 29th, 2020, 8:50 am Post #36 - September 29th, 2020, 8:50 am
    spinynorman99 wrote:If you liked that you'll love the cauliflower stew with moudardara (lentils/rice with caramelized onions) - a simple dish packed with flavor. The manaesh are also excellent, especially with muhammara or zaatar. The place is a gem.


    I took your advice this weekend and tried it. I am in the process of trying to transition to a more 'plant based' diet, and this is the very best cauliflower dish I have had during the transition. Far an improvement over all the grilled and seasoned cauliflower steaks I've been trying - which just don't seem to offer much to me.

    Props to you, spinynorman99, great recommendation!
  • Post #37 - September 29th, 2020, 9:20 am
    Post #37 - September 29th, 2020, 9:20 am Post #37 - September 29th, 2020, 9:20 am
    rfleisch1 wrote:Far an improvement over all the grilled and seasoned cauliflower steaks I've been trying - which just don't seem to offer much to me.

    I've had good luck slicing cauliflower in wide slices, light olive oil, season lightly. Place directly on sheet pan, high temp roast 450° to 500° depending on oven. Flip once or twice. Let the cauliflower get a little char.

    Its sweet, tender and delicious. Eat as is or get fancy with a sauce such as lemon beurre blanc or a couple of gallons of rich melted cheese. (kind of defeats the purpose but tastes good) Also a simple sprinkle of zaatar, dukkah, everything bagel or just crushed red pepper works well.
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  • Post #38 - September 29th, 2020, 10:12 am
    Post #38 - September 29th, 2020, 10:12 am Post #38 - September 29th, 2020, 10:12 am
    rfleisch1 wrote:Props to you, spinynorman99, great recommendation!


    Glad you enjoyed it. It has a very hearty quality for a simple dish and the balance of textures is spot-on (and it draws less scorn from my vegetarian wife). It makes me long for a really good version of koshari, which I have yet to find around here.
  • Post #39 - September 29th, 2020, 11:28 am
    Post #39 - September 29th, 2020, 11:28 am Post #39 - September 29th, 2020, 11:28 am
    G Wiv wrote:
    rfleisch1 wrote:Far an improvement over all the grilled and seasoned cauliflower steaks I've been trying - which just don't seem to offer much to me.
    I've had good luck slicing cauliflower in wide slices, light olive oil, season lightly. Place directly on sheet pan, high temp roast 450° to 500° depending on oven. Flip once or twice. Let the cauliflower get a little char.

    Its sweet, tender and delicious. Eat as is or get fancy with a sauce such as lemon beurre blanc or a couple of gallons of rich melted cheese. (kind of defeats the purpose but tastes good) Also a simple sprinkle of zaatar, dukkah, everything bagel or just crushed red pepper works well.
    Fwiw, I've found balsamic and capers as the perfect accompaniment to charred cauliflower. If you have some arugula, or even baby spinach, that is an excellent final touch.
  • Post #40 - September 29th, 2020, 11:35 am
    Post #40 - September 29th, 2020, 11:35 am Post #40 - September 29th, 2020, 11:35 am
    bweiny wrote:Fwiw, I've found balsamic and capers as the perfect accompaniment to charred cauliflower.

    Serious Eats recently posted an interesting looking cauliflower recipe. I have not made this, am planning to in the near future.

    Cauliflower With Pine Nut, Raisin, and Caper Vinaigrette
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  • Post #41 - September 30th, 2020, 6:28 pm
    Post #41 - September 30th, 2020, 6:28 pm Post #41 - September 30th, 2020, 6:28 pm
    Thank you all for the cauliflower suggestions! The capers and balsamic seasoning applied to GWiv's roasting technique sounds like a winner to me!

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