Kareem’s Lebanese Kitchen (KLK) is a restaurant that the discerning reader may surmise serves Lebanese cuisine. Kareem is a common given name in the Middle East meaning noble or generous. In the case of KLK, this does not refer to any individual but to the meaning of Kareem per se.
The food at KLK is most noble, prepared by Chef Rachid Eido, who has been in some very good, and for this area, unique Kitchens. I had heard very good things about KLK, and decided to take a look.
On the first visit, my dining companion ordered a number of items, the first of which was the chef Rachid platter.This is a very beautiful and comprehensive offering of the establishment’s starters and salads. It includes hummus (cooked, mashed chickpeas with sesame paste), baba ghanoush (cooked eggplant and sesame paste), tabbouleh (a salad of tomatoes, mint, onion, parsley and cracked wheat), grape leaves, falafel (a deep fried ball of ground chick peas and or fava beans), fatayer spinach (spinach in dough triangles), kibbeh with labneh aioli (cracked wheat, onions, ground meat and spices with a Lebanese cream cheese-based dip), moussaka (an eggplant based dish with ground meat topped with an thickened milk-based sauce), and an in house made eggplant salad. Wow! All of this was really good but unfortunately, due to the portion size of each item, this restaurant’s offering is not really made for sharing. Should you order the Rachid platter for the table, get more than one if all the members in your party want to sample each item served.
This was an absolutely amazing and delicious tour of this establishment’s hummus offerings. The chef really knows how to make hummus which is probably the best I have ever had. This came in 3 versions (counterclockwise) as spicy, regular and garlic, and were served with a variety of crudites. The vegetables served here were nowhere near enough to mop up all of this deliciousness but no worries, just ask for more. That goes for the lavas as well. This is easily a meal for one or a very substantial starter for two.
My dining companion ordered one of the “signature” dishes of KLK, chicken farrouj, or Lebanese grilled garlic chicken.