Neighborhood: U Street
For a quick lunchtime break, I popped over to the newly arrived Mediterannean Spot.
Supposedly, the shop moved from a spot further down U Street, but as a neighborhood restaurant for the last couple years, I couldn't tell you where that may have been. All I know is the history of its current space: the old Love Cafe space which closed down last year. From there, the corner space on 15th and U stayed relatively vacant with things slowly coming into being: first, a banner announcing the new tenants, then an exterior paint job that turned the facade a garish sea-green blue, and then another one that made it a more appealing bright blue. The insides remain basically the same as before, a stripped down cafe space composed of salvaged furniture.
On this trip, I ordered a falafel platter and a beef shawarma platter, each coming with additional sides of chopped stewed spinach or rice, and a light garden salad. The two dishes were wildly different in their results. The beef shawarma was brilliant, juicy but not overwhelmingly oily, and perfectly complemented by the rice. On the other hand, the falafel was bland, barely tasting like anything resembling what you'd get from an Amsterdam Falafel. Instead, it was a little mealy and left something to be desired.
So far, great for certain things, disappointing on others.
Food Rating: ** 1/2 (out of 5)
Date Rating: 2 Hearts (out of 5)
Dress Code: Casual
Bar Rating: N/A
Cost: $ (out of 5) (less than $25 for two)
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