Friday, July 4, 2014

Greek fusion-Meze, San Diego

We took our kids to the famous Gas Lamp district, when visiting San Diego, because of the good shopping and good eats.  Being so close to the ocean, we figured we would get seafood, but then we stumbled on something different, Meze, a Greek Fusion restaurant, on 6th and J.
We live in Michigan and are privileged to be exposed to largest Middle Eastern population outside of the Middle East and therefore, some of the best Middle Eastern food, so we very rarely eat Middle Eastern food on trips, however, we were intrigued by the idea of Greek fusion.
We sat outside on the patio, on adorable seats that were like love seats.  The inside is very contemporary with wooden furniture, fun paintings and cool lighting.
The appetizer menu is divided into cold and hot Meze.   They have the classic hummus and pita, dolma (grape leaves stuffed with rice and spices), and falafel but you can fuse with a Greek quesadilla (Lavash bread, onion, bell peppers, tomato, cheddar, mozzarella, feta cheese).   
We ordered the hummus and pita and Saganaki (Pan Seared Kassari Greek Cheese Finished with Brandy-they light it right at the table). 

The saganaki was fantastic!   Creamy and gooey on the inside and crisp on outside!   We are pretty much hummus snobs, having eaten some of the best, and I have to say that both my husband and I thought it was really good.   Not to garlicky or lemony.  And the pita was great!  Soft and toasted but not too buttery.  
My son ordered the falafel for his meal.  It was perfect.   Four pieces of falafel with pita, lettuce, tomato and tahini.  You can eat it separately or make a sandwich!  
My husband ordered the special combo kabob.  Lamb, beef, chicken and shrimp with veggies.   Wow!!  Everything was cooked perfectly despite the variation in textures.  
I ordered the Meze Kebob, ground beef and lamb with Italian eggplant.  Wow!  Was this good!   The seasoning was amazing and the eggplant was cooked to perfection (no one likes mushy eggplant). I loved the side of veggies, that included squash, zucchini, mushrooms and onions.  It was a bit Italian a bit Greek, a perfect fusion.  
We truly enjoyed our meals at Meze!  I was a happy girl!  

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