Located on the corner of Easton Avenue and Somerset Street, Efe’s Mediterranean Grill is pretty hard to miss. Despite passing by it virtually every day, I never found the time to go in for a sit-down meal. I once ordered a wrap, to-go, and it was alright, but nothing special. Still, I thought this place deserved another shot.
On Saturday night, along with my girlfriend and her roommates, as well as my trusty culinary companion Yash, we trekked through the snow as we made our way to yet another euphoric eatery.
After asking for a table, we were led upstairs into the main dining area, which was nearly full. A packed house at a restaurant is usually a good sign, because it shows that it is a popular spot.
Anyways, this place had a great ambience to it. It seems like renovations were recently made to the restaurant, because this place looked brand-spankin’ new. Lovely artwork, brick walls, and huge windows overlooking Easton Avenue were just a few of the pieces of decor that made this place so welcoming.
We started our meal off with an order of baba ganoush for the table, which consists of an eggplant puree flavored with tahini, lemon juice, olive oil and garlic. Accompanied by a tray of pita which was fresher than a 12-year old with an attitude, this delectable dip had us all fighting for the last bite.
For those of you who have never had the pleasure of eating some, I would behoove you to drop whatever it is you are doing and get to the nearest baba ganoush dispensary. Just kidding, those don’t exist. Although I wish they did. Maybe I’ll be a baba ganoush salesman some day.
After wolfing down another serving of pita for the table, it was then time for the main course. And what a main course it was. I got the lamb adana kebab platter, which had grilled lamb flavored with red bell peppers and a paprika seasoning, along with a side of rice. Translation: MHMMMMMMM!
Being the gavone that I am, one plate of food just wasn’t enough for me. So, after finishing my food, I bided my time, hoping…no, praying, that one of the girls wouldn’t be able to finish. I got what I wished for, and then some.
Kelly was the first to surrender her plate, which I believe was some sort of chicken kebab platter. It too was delicious, bursting with flavor in every bite.
Now I consider myself a lucky man when I get to finish just one other person’s food. But TWO people? I must be in heaven.
Thanks to Kelly’s roommate Gab, my dreams became reality. She too was unable to finish her meal, a chicken platter, which I promptly devoured.
Gluttony aside, I really enjoyed my time at Efe’s. The service was great, as the waiters were attentive and friendly the whole time. Despite being there at dinnertime on a Saturday night, we weren’t kept waiting long for our food, which was impressive.
Whether you’re out to lunch with friends or on a romantic dinner date with your special someone, you can’t go wrong with Efe’s. With a great atmosphere and even better food, I’ll certainly be back soon!