had a really good dinner at bavel and went with @Chowseeker1999’s great recs, thank you. i’ll have to come back try try the foie gras, okra, and chicken.
duck 'nduja hummus - creamy garbanzo beans, jerusalem mix spice, herbs, pita
great pita and hummus and right up there with Dizengoff’s. bavel’s pita seems denser with more crumb, dizengoff’s is thinner and airier, but both are pretty great.
grilled australian prawns - harissa marinade, eggplant tzatziki, herbs, lime
wow, this was definitely the highlight of night. the prawns were some of tastiest and freshest i’ve had since the amazing tiger prawn sushi i had in japan. i don’t know how they did it, but they grilled it in such a way that the head and shell was edible and delicious as if it had been deep fried. the harissa was pleasantly spicy and was balanced perfectly with the cool refreshing tzatziki. Pro tip: save some pita to mop up the shrimp juice, harissa and tzatziki. @Chowseeker1999 must order.
slow roasted lamb neck shawarma - creme fraiche tahini, fermented cabbage, pickled turnips, laffa
Mary had a little lamb
Its neck was roasted slow
I ate it with some laffa bread
And it made my belly grow
licorice root ice cream bonbon - sour licorice caramel, muscovado cake, caramelized white chocolate, maldon
cold and refreshing, subtly sweet and tasted similar to root beer.
When you come back to try the chicken but then you notice the aged duck on the menu
They only had 16 orders of the duck so the chicken will have to wait.
saffron - pink lemonade with pomegranate and cinnamon
Nice and refreshing, loved the addition of cinnamon
scallop crudo - pomegranate molasses, citrus, burnt serrano chile oil, charred cucumber, mint, black sesame
This was okay, pretty spicy. This reminded me of an aguachile. I’ll stick to the awesome prawns next time.
foie gras halva - creamy pate, date paste, black sesame, buckwheat loaf
Loved this one, the bread was pretty tremendous. The date paste was the perfect sweet component for the foie. I wish the foie tasted a little more livery though, it was pretty mild.
(new) aged duck four ways - breast kebab, leg confit, chopped livers and hearts, ginger broth, fig leaf vinegar dressed herbs
Duck was only aged for 5 days, so nothing like the funky, geriatric, 21 day old duck at charcoal
Extremely tender with the meat just falling off the bone. No knife required.
chopped liver and hearts over okra puree
Wow, this was my favorite out of the different preps. The liver and hearts were meaty and tender but the okra puree was outstanding.
My second favorite, the breast had a great grill flavor and the skin was charred and crisped.
This had a nice flavor but unfortunately was way too salty.
roasted cauliflower - hawaij chile sauce, creme fraiche serrano dip, pistachios, dried flowers
I love chef ori’s cauliflower at bestia so I knew this would be great and it did not disappoint. The cool creme fraiche dip complemented the slightly spicy cauliflower perfectly.
strawberry sumac and sweet cheese pastry - pistachio ice cream, labneh cream, cured sumac
So glad I saved room for dessert. This was better than the bonbon I had the other night. It was like the perfect strawberry poptart. You know it’s good when you can hear the crunch when you bite into it.
baba ghanouch - smoked eggplant, burnt bell pepper, red walnuts, lemon chili salt, fried pita
Highlight of the night, loved the lemon chili salt on the fried pita.
marinated okra - whipped feta, cumin, mint, turmeric, black lime, lemon, radish, marash pepper, sea salt
grilled octopus - herb yogurt, fried Squid Ink pita, capers, smoked paprika oil, turmeric pickled onions
I should have listened to my fellow FTCers, this was pretty forgettable. Stick with the prawns.
confit turmeric chicken leg - yemenite pancake, fennel salad, black sesame, orange blossom toum
Looks like they’re already decreasing the portion size, this used to be chicken legs (plural). They also added the orange blossom toum to the dish. The chicken was indeed very tender but maybe a little too soft for me and unfortunately the skin was flaccid and limp.
paglava - rolled Walnut and apricot filled pastry, farm cheese, honey, dried borage flower
Kind of like a less sweet baklava, not bad.
I think my perfect meal here would be the hummus and pita, cauliflower, prawns x 2, and the duck.
500 Mateo St
Los Angeles, CA 90013