Ancient scenes of affluence and color line the dining room walls at Almaza Fine Mediterranean Cuisine in Culver City. It’s easy to drive right by the patio just a tad west from the corner of National and Venice and not even notice that a restaurant exists there.
After we slowed down a bit, we found an immaculately clean, ornate restaurant that specializes in Middle Eastern fare. We like to eat light and stuck to appetizers for lunch.
The vegetarian combo platter consists of creamy hummus, seasoned rice and vegetable stuffed grape leaves, a fluffy parsley-heavy tabbouleh, crispy spiced falafel balls, and a smokey babagannouj, love that smokiness. We all found the plate to be marked by extreme freshness. Everything smacked of straight from mother nature.
Warm pita triangles made scooping up the salads and appetizers all the more fun. We love eating with our hands. After all, that’s what people did before utensils, so why not dig in old school style. A side of yogurt salad embedded with cucumber and mint added a bit of tang to the appetizer plate.
We couldn’t resist the musakaa, healthy slices of eggplant with bell peppers, baked in a rich tomato sauce.
We were impressed with the freshness and reasonable prices at Almaza where appetizers are in the $5 to $6 range. Salads go from $4.99 to $8.99 for the Almaza special shrimp salad. Entrees hover around $13.00. Three of us ate well and there were still leftovers. Large plates of satisfying Mediterranean cuisine, an outdoor patio where they offer hookah, great value for our dollar and a laid back cafe ambiance make Almaza Fine Mediterranean a new favorite on our list.
Almaza Fine Mediterranean Cuisine, 8905 West Venice Boulevard, Ste 112, Los Angeles, CA 90034
Phone – 310-280-9006 web site – almazadelivery.com