It’s not often that I make my way out to
Since it was such nice weather, we decided to sit outside on the shaded porch. While that made for a lovely lunch setting, the shadows did wreck havoc on some of my pictures. Anyway, the first appetizer to the table was an order of falafel.
Those look almost hand made or at least not pre-frozen.
While these were a quality example of falafel, they were quite greasy.
Greasiness aside, these were delectable patties. Each bite was full of a great nutty flavor and that green wasn’t just for show. There was plenty of parsley inside. The accompanying tzatziki sauce was a nice touch, its yogurt base cut through some of the grease of the falafel.
One of my favorite Mediterranean dishes is fried haloumi cheese.
Usually slices of the cheese are pan fried with garlic and olive oil, but this adds a layer of texture to the dish that I wasn’t expecting. Actually this dish was quite salty and I found the lack of garlic and parsley to be a little annoying. While I like the idea of deep frying the haloumi, I’m a fan of the more typical presentation and its juicier approach.
Another favorite, fried kibbeh, rounded out our appetizers.
Unlike Jerusalem, this kibbeh was well seasoned and quite tasty. Well fried on the outside and juicy on the interior, Sam and I were taking guesses at the spices they used. I could pick out allspice and cinnamon. Unfortunately there was no real evidence of garlic. Still this is a pretty good kibbeh.
One of the real selling points of Petra Café is the personality. Ayman runs a very customer oriented business and was constantly checking on us and chatting to see how things were and to make the meal more pleasant. On the other hand, I can’t say the service at
When the entrees did appear, the grilled meats came on one platter.
As much as I was uninspired by the Beef Shawarma, I was in love with the Kafta Kabobs.
Ayman had proudly told us this lamb was ground fresh for these skewers. I don’t know if that’s the secret but these are some of the best kafta I’ve had. Each bite was beyond juicy and full of parsley. Oddly there wasn’t much onion or garlic or least that I could see. Still, the kofta alone was worth the trip.
That should have been enough for lunch, but when I saw Hummus with Lamb on the menu, I knew I had to try it. Truthfully, I wanted to see if this version was any different from what Jerusalem Café sold as “Israeli Hummus”.
Well, it’s amazing how good a dish can be when you use quality lamb. What had been a throw away dish at
There aren’t many choices for Mediterranean food in
104 West Leake Street, Clinton, MS 39056 // 601.925.0016 // Petra Cafe Website