Seattle Kitchen recommends: Cafe Muniron April 20, 2012 @ 9:32 am (Updated: 7:53 am - 5/7/12 )
Seattle Kitchen host Tom Douglas says Cafe Munir's falafel balls are "perfect." (Image courtesy Cafe Munir)
After being open only a month, Seattle Kitchen host Tom Douglas said this week's recommended restaurant prepares one food item so well it beats a restaurant in Paris famous for the dish.
Douglas calls the falafel at Ballard's newest Lebanese restaurant, Cafe Munir, "perfect."
"Salty, creamy on the inside, really crusty on the outside, they were just right on the money," said Douglas. "I just came back from a month in Paris. I ate at the most famous falafel shop in Paris three times. Katie just ate there (and) thought it was the best falafel she ever had. This is better."
Having never been to Lebanon, Douglas said he couldn't speak to the actual authenticity of the food, but it sure seemed genuine to him.
"I really believed when I was there if I was in Lebanon, this is what I would be eating," said Douglas. "It just struck me, there's something about this food that feels true and real to me, having never been to the country."
Douglas was also pleased with Cafe Munir's whiskey selection.
"Another nice surprise for me at this place, it has a full bar. I'm a whiskey drinker. I love going out for a whiskey."
Cafe Munir offers a huge sampling of Scottish and American whiskies. "Lebanese Food and Whiskies of the World," says the restaurant description at their blog page.
"I don't know if there's a lot of whiskey in Lebanon," said Douglas. "I don't know if that's traditional or not."
Douglas said his whole dining experience at Cafe Munir was "really good."
"I just felt from the beginning of my meal there that everything had this little extra touch," said Douglas. "This place, I feel, is giving it their all."
By JAMIE GRISWOLD, MyNorthwest.com Editor
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