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Persian, Greek, Mediterranean, Turkish, or Middle Eastern cuisine, call it what you will but it is all excellent food at Jerusalem Grill. You will find all your favorites here and also some dishes you might not be familiar with, but I assure you the food here is all delicious. Probably because they make sure the food is prepared and cooked here every day using all fresh ingredients. In fact, as soon as you walk in the door, they throw a hand tossed pita bread in the oven, just for you. Within minutes of sitting down, this enormous wonderful smelling, warm bread is brought to your table. Wait until you get a whiff of the delightful nutty aroma from the sesame and poppy seeds which are added to the bread before baking. You will want to tear into this warm yum right away, so be sure to order some hummus, Baba Ghannoug (smoked roasted eggplant) or Maharmara (a spicy roasted pepper dip) with your drink order!
Note: I recommend you order the hot tea with mint, a middle Eastern favorite. It comes unsweetened, however the traditional way to drink it is with sugar. All the menthol from the fresh mint makes it a refreshing drink for the whole meal.
I started with the House Hummus as my dip. It was creamy with a taste of tahini, a hint of garlic and tartness from lemon. There was a well in the center where the EVOO was poured for presentation. Just mix together and start dipping. If you like hummus, you will love this one! Be forewarned, the portion of this appetizer is enough for two to three persons.
If you are new to Middle Eastern cuisine, a good place to start is the Mixed Grill Kabob. It comes with three Kabobs, Kafta beef( marinated lean ground beef) and marinated chicken and lamb, all served atop a bed of Middle Eastern rice, a blend of seasoned Vermicelli and white rice. The plate comes with a jerusalem salad, a mixture of fresh diced tomatoes, red onion, bell peppers, cucumber and parsley all gently brought together with a light dressing. I really liked the lamb kabob – great flavor! Note: If you order a main course from the grill, it comes with an appetizer and pita bread included.
Another good choice is the Shawarma platter. You can get either beef or chicken Shawarma or order it mixed to try both. You get a hearty portion of slowly roasted meat which has been cooked on a vertical grill and thinly sliced, then wrapped in pita bread (they use pita with everything so I guess that explains the enormous size of the bread). Nestled in the pita with the meat you will also find tomatoes, pickles and onion. The chicken Shawarma comes with garlic aioli and the beef comes with tahini sauce both made fresh in house.
The Mixed Grill is a good option for a group or family meal as you can get it for 2, 4 or 6 people. It also includes 5, 8 or 12 appetizers respectively. This is a lot of food and a perfect way to sample a good portion of the menu.
They have fresh baked Baklava on the dessert menu but for the more adventurous, I suggest trying the lesser known Kenafa. This pastry is made from phyllo dough which has been shredded and cooked in butter, honey and rose water. The pastry is layered atop Kenafa cheese, a soft cheese which melts easily, and then baked. It is served with ground pistachio nuts on top and it makes a nice ending to the meal.
Order a cup of Turkish coffee to go with dessert or just as a finale to the meal. This strong brew has a thick consistency and a hint of cardamon. Great for digestion!
Jerusalem Grill has a cafeteria style buffet where you can order 1 meat with 2 appetizers or 2 meats with 3 appetizers. It is only cafeteria style and not an all you can eat buffet but it is also a great way to give customers a visual aspect of the menu. So, go ahead, walk around and look at the options available. The helpful and friendly staff will answer any questions you have. This will help you get comfortable with the menu if you are new to this cuisine. Be forewarned however, your mouth will be watering and your eyes may be bigger than your stomach cause you will want to try it all. Remember you can always come back and you WILL come back again and again.
If you can’t dine-in, they can do almost anything to go. They also offer catering for office meetings or parties. You can order anything from box lunches, wraps, salad & dip trays or full blown hot meals. You can either pick up or they will deliver and they can include staff to serve and clean up.
**Full Disclosure: I received lunch in exchange for my review. All opinions in this post are totally mine.
Jerusalem Grill has two locations:
This review was done at the Medical Center area location.
Ingram Park Mall area
3259 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX
Medical Center area
9210 Wurzbach Rd, San Antonio, TX