For this month's Frugal Foodie Friends, we finally got to try Les Amis. Jess has been talking about their fried cauliflower appetizer since we put it on our bucket list so I've been pretty excited to try it, also because I love Lebanese food. Thankfully in Los Angeles, we have quite a few options when it comes to Middle Eastern food and Les Amis happens to be located in Downtown Fullerton. They have a really nice patio and outdoor seating but we decided to sit inside since it was a little warm that day.
We went after work on a Thursday night and arrived around 5:40; it wasn't crowded so we were seated right away. Service was welcoming and friendly but a little slow. They recently expanded and now have a bar and a little stage; it turns out they have open mic night on Wednesdays from 7-10pm so just an FYI for those who wants to get in on it or stay clear of it.
Here's a break down of what we ordered:
Fried Cauliflower: $8
Mai Tai: $4
Lamb Kafta Platter: $15
Shawerma Style Chicken Platter: $14
Total Spent: $51
It was a happy hour so Jess ordered a Sangria and I ordered a Mai Tai along with some appetizers. We snacked on some pita chips and hummus while we waited for our appetizers, which came only about ten minutes later.
We, of course, ordered fried cauliflower, which is topped with parsley, tomato, taratour, onion, pine nuts & fresh lemon juice. I'm not huge fan of cauliflower but this fried cauliflower was incredible. It was both crunchy and soft and the sauce made it amazing; I wish I knew what they put in there but it was a little tart and complimented the texture of the cauliflower really well. I also really enjoyed the Falafel; the herbs and spices gave it a more intense flavor than the cauliflower and it had a little spicy kick to it. It was crunchy on the outside, soft on the inside, and came on a bed of salad and a side of taratour.
I ordered the Shawerma Style Chicken Platter; it came with basmati rice, hot pita bread, choice of soup or house salad, and choice of hummus or baba ghanouge. I ended up choosing the hummus and the soup of the day, cream zucchini. Jess ordered the Lamb Kafta Platter with the baba ghanouge and the soup as well. The chicken was good but it was a little dry. However, I did enjoy my dinner by wrapping the chicken in some pita bread with hummus and I liked the soup as well. I've never tried cucumber soup but if you ever get a chance, I would recommend it; it's creamy but also refreshing at the same time. But honestly, I actually liked Jess's lamb kafta more than my chicken; the lamb kafta was well seasoned and cooked perfectly so it wasn't too gamey. When I come back next time, I'm probably going to want to try the beef kafta platter.
Over all, it's a really great place to grab a "tad nicer than normal" dinner with a friend. I really liked the ambiance and how it made me feel like I wasn't in Downtown Fullerton anymore; the art, furniture, and decor gave the place a lot of character. People complain about Middle Eastern food being expensive but you really do get your money's worth. It's incredibly filling, yummy, and you pretty much get tomorrow's lunch taken care of with all the leftovers.
On a scale of 1 to 5:
Overall Rating - 4
Timeliness - 5
Service - 4
Ambiance - 5
Quality of Food - 5
Time Spent - 1.5 hrs
Check out their Yelp page here.
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Sincerely your self-proclaimed sous chef,