Restaurant of the Week: Fattoush

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Fattoush Mediterranean Cuisine, 428 Auto Center Drive (at Indian Hill), Claremont

Debuting in December 2011, Fattoush is next to the new Super King market. The two of them add a welcome touch of the Mediterranean to the neighborhood.

My friend had the mezza platter ($14, pictured above), a sampling of appetizers, which has, clockwise from left, tabbouli, falafel, spinach pie, grape leaves, hummus and baba ganouj. I sampled them myself and we agreed they were all good to very good. The tabbouli, which appeared to have been made moments before, was especially fresh and tasty.

I had the shawarma combo ($12.50, pictured below), which had beef and chicken with tahini sauce, garlic dip and a house salad. Pita bread for both of us was also delivered in a basket. The beef and chicken were both marinated and flavorful. The salad, which can be ordered separately, was okay but nothing special.

My friend, who’s Turkish and knows the food, really liked Fattoush and wants to go back. I would eat there again too.

The interior is modern and minimalist, with parquet floors, two-tone walls and subtle pink lighting near the ceiling, evidently a hipster touch. They have table service and you get actual silverware and plates. The menu is more ambitious than the restaurant appears to have originally planned; a copy handed out to my friend before the opening had more sandwiches and fewer entrees, and everything was $1 or $2 cheaper.

Now you can get shrimp kabobs ($18) and lamb chops ($20). But you can also get a rotisserie chicken sandwich for $5.59.

The restaurant’s website can be viewed here and the menu here.

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  • DebB

    This is late enough that you may not even see it. But my mom and I tried Fattoush on Saturday, so I thought I’d comment. My mother is Armenian (so I’m half), so we have a little experience making and eating Middle Eastern food.

    We both enjoyed our meal. We started with an order of grape leaves (dolma), and they were good for that type of dolma. I have never been a fan of the mushiness of the rice, but Mom was fine with it. (I prefer the lamb and rice dolma that I make myself, of course!)

    Then we ordered the kafta sandwich, and I had a glass of Jallab – a punch made from dates and rose water. Both were very good. I fact, I went home and looked up recipes to make Jallab at home. To Armenians, kufta is a sort of meatball, with an outer layer of meat and bulgur, filled with ground lamb, rice, pine nuts and seasoning. The kafta in the sandwich seemed to be just the filling, made into a hot dog shaped patty. Different, but very good.

    The service was pretty good, the waitress friendly, although since she seemed to be the only one she was a little distracted. The only downside was that they didn’t have the dessert I wanted to try. But overall we were pleased enough that we would go back. And I felt comfortable enough there that I would go by myself (always a consideration for me, as a single woman).

    [Deb, thanks for the thoughtful commentary. I always see the new comments because of my, for lack of a better term, backstage access to my blog so that I can edit them if necessary and add a response like this. -- DA]