Growl Review: Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine

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Lisa L.

Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine

By Lisa L.


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Image courtesy of SummerTomato on Flickr

Value
Portion size was generous and the price was in line with other more upscale restaurants. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
Atmosphere
Modern, stylish décor suitable for family, business, or casual dining. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
Service
Disorganized service but food was hot and came out without delay. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Food
Authentic Lebanese fare. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
Cleanliness
All aspects were terrific. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
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Review
Windsor Girls Growl™ dined at Mazaar Lebanese Cuisine on August 15, 2012.

Located at 372 Ouellette Avenue in downtown Windsor, Mazaar offers a casual and upscale location for authentic Lebanese food.

As everyone knows, parking in downtown Windsor can sometimes be a challenge, but Mazaar provides parking behind the restaurant with a convenient back door entrance.

We were warmly welcomed by a vibrant atmosphere and smiling staff. Our table was prepared and our reservation honoured. The restaurant was completely full that night and the energy of the patrons and staff were high.

FattoushMazaar offers a large menu of authentic Lebanese dishes that won’t disappoint.

We enjoyed creamy hummus (marvelling at just how smooth the texture was!), fattoush that was expertly dressed and bursting with flavour (everyone loves fattoush – we even love saying fattoush!), chicken shawarma with my favourite garlic sauce, Surf & Turf which was a meal large enough for Sylvia V. to take home and enjoy another day, and Mediterranean chicken that left Micky G. smiling from ear to ear.

The highlight of the food seemed to be a dessert ordered by Kelly W. called “Layali Lubnan” (which literally translates as “Lebanese Nights”). It is an aromatic dessert made of Arabic gum, rose water, and orange blossom water. Layered bottom to top with pudding, whipped cream, ground fresh pistachios, and sugar syrup, Kelly W. quickly fell in love with this delicious treat, gushing that it was simply “to die for.”

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Layali Lubnan – Image used by permission of Mama’s Lebanese Kitchen.

Partway through dinner the music changed and became more lively and louder, announcing the presence of belly dancers! Two lovely ladies danced their way through the restaurant, entertaining diners and enhancing the authentic feel of the venue. It was a festive and fun addition to the evening; however, the music was loud, making conversation amongst guests impossible. Still, the dancing was a welcome addition to our overall dining experience.

I found that this night, compared to my previous visits to Mazaar, proved a consistency in their overall achievement. My only complaint from this evening was in the area of service. Our waiter was slightly disorganized and somewhat forgetful. It made the experience awkward but not terribly less enjoyable, as the night was still a fantastic dining experience.

Lisa L.‘s Overall Rating
Mazaar falls one shy of 5 paws only because of inconsistent service. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFade
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Comments from fellow Growlers
Sylvia V. said: “My falafel was pretty amazing. And everything about the Surf & Turf was pretty fantastic, too. The lamb was juicy, beef was tender, shrimp was firm, and rice was seasoned to perfection. My leftovers were GONE five minutes after I got home. I loved the decor, ambiance, loudness, and belly dancers.”

pitaMicky G. said: “I loved the Mediterranean Chicken!”

Laurel R. said: “The bread was amazing – best pita I’ve ever tasted!”

Lisa M. said: “The fattoush was very yummy and the hummus, so creamy!”

Melissa F. said: “The hummus was my favorite!”

Kelly W. said: “DESSERT!!! That’s all I’ve got to say and OMG it was SOOOOO GOOD!!! I ate it slowly and took tiny spoonfuls to savour it more, it was the best dessert I have had in a really, really long time.”

Have YOU visited Mazaar?
Tell us about your experience!

Image (Lisa L.‘s user pic) courtesy of dusky / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
Image (pita in oven) courtesy of yummyporky on Flickr

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