Eating Uptown Series… Part Three – Levant Mediterranean Cuisine

All right party people!! So this week, a colleague of mine and I decided to make a trek down to Levant. Well when I say trek, it was more than 5 blocks away and yes, that’s a trek in my “high-heels” world. But we were on a mission. Christophe and I had been planning to go to lunch for a while now and with this week being his last (sad face), we had to “make this happen”.. We had a couple of options we wanted to try out for lunch. The BLT steakhouse (which I have had for dinner and it’s divine!! and then Levant). Both of us love Mediterranean food and after last time’s episode, we really wanted the cuisine to redeem itself. so Levant was decided upon!
It’s a beautiful, cozy space for a restaurant with seating available inside and out on the patio.We chose to sit inside.. the humidity in the Carolinas these days is unbearable. Our hostess and server were very prompt in getting us seated and sharing the menus with us. 
Fancy water carafe’ and glasses as my lunch mate pointed out…  I like details like this. Especially in an ethnic restaurant. The restaurant is very neatly decorated. Very middle eastern.. Beautiful carved chairs inlaid with what looked like mother of pearl.. gorgeous heavy drapes, and fancy framed mirrors all around.. Looks like my home.. 🙂

I ordered some hot tea as I had a sore throat. I love it when restaurants serve hot water in individual pots. I was raised to drink tea like this.. my mom takes pride even now serving tea like this. Old habits, die hard 🙂
The service was very quick after we decided what we wanted to eat. Christophe and I ordered a lot of food.. but we had plans to share it … or I thought we did till we saw the spread.. 

My all veggie plate: Starting clockwise from left;
Baba Ganoush, fattoush,  Muhammara , Mujaddara

Baba Ganoush – loved the texture, not too watery, not too chunky. Low on the charred smoky taste which I love in an eggplant dish. Spices were just right..

Fattoush – Very fresh.. Beautiful flavors of mint and lemon juice.. The pita was nice and crunchy. Very light yet flavorful. I wanted more !
Muhammara– Oh soo complex.. Dense, rich and luxurious on the palette. It had a little heat to it.. The walnuts add to the richness of this dish and also the density. I couldn’t eat a lot of this just because it was HEAVY but could see it as an accompaniment to some pita points.
Mujaddara – Rice and lentils salad of sorts.. I liked this.. It was definitely on the heavier side but very simple flavors which I liked. Loved the caramelized onions on top.. sweet and a nice touch to the salad. (Try out Freaky Curry’s own lentil salad recipe).

Baba Ganoush
Falafel pita and potato harra

Close up of the falafel pita
Pita for the table which I apparently didn’t share..;)
My “Happy” Plate
His “Happy” Plate

Happy Chrisophe
Christophe who is actually an attorney has traveled quite a bit had this to share : 
Start with the pita: The highlight of the pita is the texture. It is varied in thickness providing a nice mix of crustier bits and doughiness, which helps it serve as every one’s favorite hummus conveyance without being too chewy. (I felt they keep the pita in the fridge and that’s why when it came to the table, it was a bit chewy for me)
Falafel wrap: The bright green falafels are earthy and warm and perfectly counter balanced by the salty tang of diced pickles. Fresh tomatoes and lettuce provide additional moisture and crunch. The potato fries that it came with were excellently seasoned with cilantro, parsley and pepper popping above the salted exterior. (I loved the potatoes!… Coated well in olive oil and the pop of lemon juice played well on the tongue) 

Baba ganoush: Great use of lemon and spicing to make the eggplant pop. Low on smokiness. (Agreed)

Hummus: Creamy and smooth (a rarity for Charlotte) with proper balancing of lemon, tahini and olive oil. (Loved the hummus.. not chalky or dense.. smooth and rich because of the sesame paste and OO.. Lemon juice brightened the dish..)

So full 🙂 .. taking a breather before the trek back to work ! Look at the decor.. so pretty.. Cannot wait to see how it looks at night.. 

 Cannot wait to go back with friends.. hmm maybe will try some of their exotic beers at Happy hour soon 😉 Yes, they do have a bar also..  🙂

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(704) 333-0930501 S Church St #120
Charlotte, NC 28202

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