Plate Envy - that moment you realize what someone else ordered looks better, smells better, and tastes better than what you ordered.
Monday, June 28, 2010
Mandaloun Mediterranean Restaurant on Jacksonville's Southside
I've lived in this neighborhood for too long to not have tried Mandaloun before! My date and I were welcomed enthusiastically and shown exceptional customer service throughout dinner.
(Pics borrowed from another user review)
For a starter, we shared the Baba Ghanouj, which was excellent, and Fattoush, which had a dressing that was out of this world! For dinner, I ordered the mixed grill (skewers of lamb, beef and chicken) and had a very difficult time choosing which was my favorite meat of the three, all were perfectly cooked and very flavorful. My date ordered the Chicken Shawarma, and while I didn't have plate envy, the couple bites I tried told me it was a dish I wouldn't hesitate to order in the future. To finish our meal, we shared Baklava that was excellent - just the right size for a good taste.
Overall, we were very pleased and will not hesitate to go back soon. From the exceptional service, to the generous portions, to the outstanding food, I absolutely recommend Mandaloun.