Wednesday, November 12, 2014


November 12, 2014

Brief FYI
The mezzes offered are awesome cause you can pick one bite of each item (except the hummus trio) and each mezze platter comes with 1 complimentary Saj bread.

Hummus: Creamy chickpea dip - 3

J's comment > seriously best hummus ever; smooth, fragrant and creamy ; really addictive esp w the Saj bread

Shish Tawouk: Yogurt marinated Rossdown Farms chicken breast skewer - 2

J's comment > the sidekick garlic sauce that comes w it was the actual highlight for me (the Lebanese equivalent of garlic butter and we all know how I feel about butter...); chicken was dry but flavorful; FYI despite drowning the chicken in the sauce it was still dry; note to self ask for just the garlic sauce w hummus and the Saj bread

Feta & chelal cheese nest: Roasted red pepper, oregano, black seeds - 2

J's comment > interesting chelal cheese (that's what the nest is made of), definitely worth trying once for the novelty texture of it, but other than that, it's just feta cheese salad...

Falafel - 3

J's comment > Dang! If other Mediterranean restos served these falafels, I would definitely consider getting them over the other meat options (shock!!); perfectly crisped outer shell, soft center; sauce provided was a nice touch but unnecessary

Mohammara: Spicy roasted red pepper, walnuts - 2

J's comment > not bad; definitely a touch spicy as advertised, just as creamy as the hummus (how does Jamjar do this?!) but w strong red bell pepper flavor

Makanik: Beef & lamb sausage - 2

J's comment > decent sausage, good flavor, definitely house made, but a touch dry

Saj bread - 2

J's comment > not bad; soooo yummy w the hummus and the Mohammara! Soft and fluffy yet flat; definitely not bouncy like an Indian naan but equally good

Daily soup: Corn soup - 2

J's comment > not bad; the freshly made non-Campbell version of corn soup; excellent for when the weather decides to drop into the negative

Lamb Laban Emmo: Lamb shank, yogurt, garlic, mint, onions w vermicelli white rice - 2

J's comment > loved the garlicky sauce and the vermicelli white rice mix; lamb however was sadly bland, you can tell the lamb wasn't cooked in the sauce and that the sauce was just poured over it; the lamb wasn't gamey at all, which is a first for me, but again, sadly it just didn't like anything (even the marrow was bland :( ); texture was OK, tender but still slightly firmer than I like

Beef Okra Stew: Okra, beef brisket, onion, cilantro - 2

J's comment > beef really tough and chewy; strong okra flavor but in a way that I wasn't fond of (I'm usually impartial to okra); brown rice OK, cooked well but pales next to the vermicelli white rice mix

Lazzakiyat: Saj style pancake, aromatic tahini - 2

J's comment > not bad; not your avg pancakes for sure; slightly tougher and chewier but in a good way; loved the sauces it came with but would have personally preferred a touch more; not too sweet and actually a brilliant pairing w the Turkish coffee; the coffee wasn't bitter at all but was a touch acidic that the light sweetness of the pancakes managed to cover

Baklava - 2

J's comment > not bad; not too sweet, lovely flakiness on the pastry

Turkish coffee - 2

J's comment > see remarks on the Lazzakiyat above


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Extra Comment
As a primarily vegetarian resto, kudos to the chefs for adding a few meat items for non-veggie people (like me). Unfortunately per my review on the meats above, Jamjar definitely focuses and excels in the veggie area as the hummus and falafel shows above.

Labels: commercial, east van, lebanese, middle eastern

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