Restaurant Review- Alcazar- An Oasis in the San Fernando Valley
Alcazar could possibly be my all-time favorite restaurant in Los Angeles. Maybe anywhere! I have been going to Alcazar for close to 12 years since its opening in 2000.
It was my first introduction to traditional Lebanese food and fast became my favorite cuisine. I was introduced to dishes I had never known before like, Kbbi Nayye which is a blend of raw meat mixed with cracked wheat, spices, olive oil and pine nuts then scooped up with raw onions.
Cheese boereg which is thin flour dough stuffed with a combination of cheeses then fried to golden perfection.
And the Lebanese salad consisting of chopped romaine lettuce, tomato, cucumber, onion, bell pepper and radish with fresh lemon and olive oil dressing. The dressing is what does it on this salad. It is quite possibly the most addictive dressing I have ever had.
I was able to visit Alcazar this past December while on a trip to Los Angeles and had the pleasure of trying an array of other dishes that I had never tried before.
Here are some of my favorite mezzas I tried:
For dessert we were treated to two specialties:
17239 Ventura Blvd.
Encino, CA 91316
When: Lunch and Dinner
Open Tue- Thur 11:30- 10:00
Fri, Sat- 11:30am- 2am
Cost: around $20 a person
And if you want to attempt to prepare Lebanese food at home, this is a great cookbook to get started: Lebanese Cuisine: More than 200 Simple, Delicious, Authentic Recipes
Disclaimer: There was no exchange of food for review nor was there any promise of sponsorship for press. It was solely by my discretion that I wrote this review.