By The Black Foodies
With Mediterranean cuisine growing in popularity, Chicagoans have many restaurant options when searching for good hummus, falafels or kabobs. Kurah Mediterranean Restaurant, located at 1355 S. Michigan Ave. in Chicago’s South Loop, has some fun and interesting items on its menu. FYI, Kurah is a region in northern Lebanon, known for its olive trees and olive oil production. Kurah Mediterranean Restaurant offers many traditional Mediterranean foods and touts some tasty non-traditional fusion dishes, as well.
Miss Coretta started off with a cocktail, the Pomegranate Mojito. A mojito is a conventional Cuban cocktail that consists of white rum, lime juice, mint leaves, sugar cane and soda water. Kurah’s version adds pomegranate juice and sparkling white wine. Miss Coretta found the mojito very refreshing – sweet, but not too sweet – with just the right amount of rum. The muddled mint leaves added a nice freshness also. Kudos to the bartender.
Our appetizer arrived, a Grape Leaf Combo, and we could not wait to dig in. The grape leaves were served two ways. One was stuffed with rice and the other stuffed with a ground beef/tomato sauce mixture, along with a side of homemade yogurt dill sauce, for dipping. The grape leaves were skillfully marinated – not too tough, not too fragile. They were the perfect casing for the fillings, while the cool yogurt dill sauce proved to be the ideal condiment.
Next we sampled the Falafel Wrap, which is a flattened pita bread stuffed with arugula, Kalamata olives, red onions, garlic cream spread, hummus, tomatoes, Persian cucumbers, French fries and, of course, falafels (deep-fried chickpea balls). It comes with a choice of two sides – tahini or ghost pepper hot sauce and, needless to say, we tried both. There is a lot going on with this wrap, but it works. The falafels were spectacular – crunchy on the outside, smooth and creamy on the inside. Yum, yum! The falafel wrap is definitely supersized and can easily feed two people. That being said, it’s so big it was difficult to enjoy a bite that included all the ingredients; yet, each individual component was certainly on point. We suggest using a knife and fork to get all of the flavor profiles in one delicious bite. Heat advisory: the ghost pepper hot sauce is tasty but a flamethrower, so use sparingly.
Our server then brought out the Kurah Lamb Burger, which is served with hand-cut steak fries and a Kalamata aioli. The burger is topped with caramelized onions, feta cheese and a rosemary garlic aioli, served on a pretzel roll. The Kurah Lamb Burger has been inducted into The Black Foodies Burger Hall of Fame. We could eat this burger every day and never tire of it. The lamb was juicy and cooked a perfect medium well. The tanginess of the feta cheese and sweetness of the caramelized onions worked well together, while the rosemary garlic aioli brought it all together. The steak fries were lightly dusted with cayenne pepper, definitely a cut above your average steak fries. The Kalamata aioli may be one of the best things we’ve ever tasted! This aioli is a tangy, briny sensation and is an olive lover’s dream. The Kurah Lamb Burger dunked in the Kalamata aioli is our Tastee Bite of 2018, so far.
Other popular items at Kurah are the Bacon Wrapped Dates, the Kabob Platters, the Shawarma and the Hummus. If you are a connoisseur of or have never sampled Mediterranean food, Kurah Mediterranean Restaurant would be a great choice. Kurah combines different flavor profiles for a unique dining experience. When you stop by, make sure you tell them The Black Foodies sent you.
We rank restaurants based on number of kisses (one thru five). One…two…three…four, with five being the best. Kurah Mediterranean Restaurant receives 4-1/2 kisses. Check out the video of our review at https://youtu.be/OzERej9zdbo
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