Considering that the Mediterranean Sea stretches along numerous countries in 3 continents, pinning down a definition of Mediterranean cuisine can be a bit tricky. Let these 5 restaurants help you refine your definition of the global fare and fusion foods that this region inspires.
1 Cleo Restaurant at The Redbury
Dining at Cleo Restaurant is something akin to diving straight into "The Sheltering Sky," without the violence. The decor isn't redolent of the traditional blue-and-white theme so oft associated with the region, but the menu, with its delicious mezzes, tagines, kebabs and grilled sausages will transport you to the Morocco of your mind.
Ok, ok, so Lucques isn't a traditional Mediterranean resturant with stuffed grape leaves to start and plate smashing to finish. However, this L.A. gem boasts a mediterranean-meets-French-fusion fare. And as it turns out, fans can have their grape leaves and eat them too. Just order the idaho trout with green rice, dill yogurt, capers, and nasturtiums, grilled and wrapped in, you guessed it, grape leaves.
Momed's name says it all: a mash-up moniker meant to embody a modern mediterranean experience. Momed's menu offers fresh takes on old classic morning, noon, and night. Particularly delicious are the Pides or Turkish flatbreads. I take mine with Soujuk sausage and Haloumi. Momed also offers a marketplace so you can go and momake it at home.
4 Papa Christo's
Papa Christo's may not offer white glove service but the joint is an Los Angeles institution. Expect to find media moguls sitting next to mechanics next to moms, all waiting to sink their teeth into Papa Christo's classic greek and arabic cuisine with staple plates such as souvlaki, octopodakia, and spanakopita but it's their soup avgo-lemono, a subtle and bright soup made with chicken, rice, eggs and lemon, that rivals matzoh ball soup for the ultimate comfort food.
5 The Little Door
Every Angeleno has entered The Little Door and most come back for another turn. Located in the heart of West Hollywood, The Little Door, with its outdoor patio, wrought iron chandeliers with candlelight and sumptuous Mediterranean cuisine, has been voted the most romantic restaurant in Los Angeles. Valentine's Day is just around the corner. Make your reservation early.