Mediterranean Kitchen

Written by on February 8, 2011 in I Eat Seattle, I Eat...Out with 0 Comments

(mediterraneankitchens.net) – Bellevue (there is another in Kirkland) 

Mediterranean Kitchen

How I heard of this place: My friend, Marc introduced me to this place a few years ago, when I was looking for a Mediterranean establishment that blew others out of the water. The garlic sauce, here, he claimed, made all other Mediterranean restaurants pale in comparison!

Mediterranean Kitchen Dining Decor

Type of cuisine: “Authentic Middle Eastern cuisine – influenced by traditional family recipes.” Having been around since 1982, this father and son establishment serves everything from shawarma to mishwi, kafta to shish tawook, and everything served in large portions, full with flavor and spice. 

Mediterranean Kitchen Menu & Tablescape

Ambiance: A small space, bedecked with mirrors on both of the side walls to create a feeling of bigness. Ten two twelve tables for parties of two to eight are available for seating. Wooden, backed, dark chairs accompany glass-topped tables, offering a bottle of wine adjacent to the salt and pepper shakers. Triangle-shaped, black napkins host silverware.

Mediterranean Kitchen Inside

The space is bustling, full and a line often reaches out the door and onto the small patio space in the strip-mall location. Full of people, efficient servers and even quicker bus-boys, the chairs are almost never empty for long. 

Mediterranean Kitchen Seating

What I ordered: In the past, I’ve sampled appetizers like the spinakopita ($9.95), baked filo stuffed with spinach and feta cheese, served on homemade drained yogurt, garnished with feta, fresh basil, crushed mint and oregano. On this venture, of the four of us dining, two sampled the hummus ($6.50), mashed garbanzo beans with spices and an abundance of tahini sauce.

Mediterranean Kitchen Hummus Light

The hummus was served soon after our complimentary (with the purchase of each entree) green lentil soup, with carrots and garlic arrived,

Mediterranean Kitchen Lentil Soup

accompanied by warm, thin pita, enough for each of us in our party.

Mediterranean Kitchen Pita

Having been the only one who had previously dined at the Mediterranean Kitchen, I warned my dining companions of the size of each meal, offering to share with others, as necessary. Two chose to share the lamb shawarma ($18.95; an additional $4.95 for shared plates), lamb tenderloin marinated in a mixture of Mediterranean spices cooked with onions, green onions, red cabbage and tomatoes, served with tahini sauce (hummus), and a plate of rice. Between the other two of us, I was prepared to share, but my dining companion preferred to take leftovers home, so we each ordered our own meals. I selected my favorite, shish tawook ($15.95), charbroiled chicken breast tenderloin marinated in garlic, lemon juice, herbs and spices, served with rice and hummus.

Mediterranean Kitchen Shish Tawouk

And he felt most drawn to the kafta kabob ($14.95), three sizzling skewers of extra lean ground meat mixed with parsley, onions and spices, charbroiled with tomatoes and onions, served with rice and hummus. To end the meal, we had one order of sweet Turkish coffee, minus the fine grounds, which we attempted to read at the end of the delicious and flavorful meal.  

On a return visit, Tuesday, 29 December 2015: We brought my cousins to Mediterranean Kitchen, as they hadn’t ever tried Mediterranean food for one, and because my husband and I were craving the Shish Tawook ($16.95). We started with the usual soup and pita. Then added our favorite: Hummous ($7.50)! My cousins chose the Falafel ($9.95) to start: ground garbanzo beans mixed with parsley, onions, garlic and spices, deep-fried and served on a bed of lettuce with cucumbers and tomatoes, topped with tahini sauce.

Mediterranean Kitchen Falafel Light

And for their (shared) main entrée, the Chicken Shawarma ($15.95): marinated strips of chicken breast in red wine vinegar, spices and garlic, grilled with onions, green onions, red cabbage and tomatoes, served with tahini sauce. 

Mediterranean Kitchen Chicken Shwarma

What I loved: I love the garlic sauce that is poured over each of the meat dishes! I most loved the charbroiled chicken, juicy, well marinated and grilled to perfection. My dining companions each preferred their own meal most, which aided in creating a very happy dining party!  

Mediterranean Kitchen Menu 3

Why I loved it: The selection is great, the staff and service efficient and quick, the food plentiful and the prices reasonable. The cozy atmosphere and the intimate space create a romantic and intimate space without pretentiousness.

Mediterranean Kitchen Outdoors

Cost: Average ($12.95 – $18.95 per dinner entree)

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