There’s been a Mediterranean favorite of a few years now called Momed, on Beverly Drive. It was at the opening of this restaurant where I tasted some really solid flatbreads with interesting toppings, exquisite white wines and discovered the wonder that would become an outpost favorite, their Duck Shawarma Wrap.
Fast forward to today, and I’m intrigued that while the first location is close to my office, the second is now close to my home. Lucky me.
Owner Alex Sarkissian has big plans for his new location. You can still get starter favorites in which to scoop your warm pita like their Avocado Hummus, Red Kale Tabouleh and Tzatziki in Atwater Village, but there are some surprises to be found all over the menu. The Squash Blossom Falafel was one new addition, and it was a delicious, California modern take on the (here, delicately) fried appetizer, served with a bit of their trademark cilantro tahini. The wine list has been expanded a bit, and he plans to put some wine-based cocktails on the menu in the immediate future, with hopefully a full liquor license coming next year.
There are a few other things that they’ve changed from the Beverly Hills location. Some items were updated as far as to the presentation and serving style, if things aren’t just a larger serving size, such as the salads. These larger portions is all conducive to their large patio (formerly site of The Crossing), a space that’s big enough to fit more than double the capacity of their Beverly Drive location.
Their famous lamb shawarma remains in a wrap in Beverly Hills; however, you’ll find it on a challah bun in Atwater Village. Most of the new additions to the menu are the entrees, or mains, including a Seabass Crudo, a Smoked Veal as well as the Charmoulah (pork t-bone) dish. I tried the latter during my tasting.
In all, I was pleased with practically everything. The fish was expertly cooked with that perfectly soft texture on the inside and that always-desired crispy skin on the outside. The pork was tender, if done a little bit more well than I’d prefer, but all the flavors and flavor combinations in the dishes were superb.
Momed is a welcome addition to Atwater Village. Sure, you’ll have to travel east, west or south for Texas BBQ now, but hopefully, hopefully, modernized Mediterranean is here to stay. And now, to visit Momed during the day…
All food and wine were hosted.