8566 W. Pico Blvd., Los Angeles, CA, USA
Magic Carpet Los Angeles Reviews
Feb 12, 2008
I wish i could tell you to check out magic carpet. alas, i cannot.
i have never had yemenite food. i believe that this is a middle eastern food that is kosher. magic carpet is located in the pico-robertson corridor, famous for having lots of kosher restaurants.
the "freebies" included some very nice doughy and warm pita bread. i did enjoy that one. the "freebies" also came with some tomatoes and some pickled cabbage. this was ok.
1. we ordered the hummus - the serving was huge and a bit thicker than what i was used to. the top was creamy. there was also a whole lot more tahini than i was used to. i did like it altho i prefer the hummus that i was used to.
2. roasted eggplant and mushrooms - i did like this dish altho it had a strong vinegary taste.
3. yemenite chicken - we ordered the lentil rice (yummy and not too strong) and roasted vegetables (this was fine) as side dishes. the chicken was a bit on the dry side. we think it had cumin and turmeric.
4. mixed grill of beef and lamb - i am not a cow eater but my friend enjoyed the beef. the sheep was fine (not too gamey or smelly). we ordered the green beans slathered in tomato (too tart) and the salad (very good) as side dishes.
that being said, the service was lacking. i asked for water several times and other than the first glass, never receied a refill. we also waited a ridiculous amount of time for our bill to come. when i asked the server what made the yemenite chicken "yemenite," she had no idea. interesting.
granted we ordered a whole lot. but the bill came out to be about $60 plus tip.
i have had better foodie experiences at marouch (yeah, i know it is lebanese) in the los feliz area or at sunin (also lebanese) in westwood. i'd go to those if i am craving middle eastern food.
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