Pasha Takes You on an Amazing Journey with Inspired Family Recipes

Monday 21st, May 2018 / 11:32 Written by
Pasha Takes You on an Amazing Journey with Inspired Family Recipes

Pasha Mediterranean Grill’s Inspired Family Recipes Create Flavors That Wow

Breaking bread with others has always been a way to entertain and enjoy the company of friends. A delicious meal should be savored over conversation. Creating plates meant to be shared at the table is what brings family and friends together and at Pasha, using their Mediterranean inspired family recipes is also a way to share their varied cultural traditions and flavors with their guests. And what better way to find out about a dish than to taste it in its true form, made by people who grew up preparing it according to family traditions. It is this that makes a dish more meaningful and brings it to life. At Pasha there is a story behind every dish. Here, not only will you find a menu made up of family recipes throughout the Mediterranean region, you will find the freshest ingredients bursting with flavor. Some of these ingredients you may never have tried, but will surely find delightful. At Pasha Mediterranean Grill you will find hospitality and traditions handed down through generations with each bite. You will find a place to come back to again and again. Come dine in this gastronomical delight that is Pasha!

Our hostess tonight, Aurora Gross Deiri, has invited other friends to join us for dinner so our meal this evening will be shared plates taken family style! (Aurora is the wife of one of the co-owners of the restaurant.) We started off with the traditional hot mint tea with sugar while engaging in conversation and waiting for our food to arrive. It was explained that their flatbread, Naan, is always served with most dishes as it is used as a make-shift fork which I soon realized would be a slight challenge. But I was determined to succeed in the technique.

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Starting the meal were the salads.  The Greek Salad (Greece & Mediterranean) was a combo of Romaine and spring mix lettuce, kalamata olives, onion, crumbled feta, tomato slices and some large pepperoncini. Topped with a house dressing it was time to dive-in just like family would.

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Then there was also the Pasha Salad, a hybrid of the classic Greek & Shirazi (Iranian/Persian) salads. This was a mixture of romaine lettuce and spring mix with feta cheese, diced cucumber, tomato and onion which was dressed with a mixture of olive oil, lemon and mint. I would say this is a tasty combination of a chopped salad with fresh greens for an absolutely refreshing vegetable plate.

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Next to arrive was the plate of fresh-made dips, original Hummus (Middle Eastern) made with chickpeas, lemon juice & tahini (Mediterranean) sauce, a spicy Hummus made from the original version plus added hot sauce giving it a nice, slightly spicy kick, & Kashke Bademjan (Persian), a roasted eggplant dip that is sauteed with onions, garlic and mint. The Kashke Bademjan is served warm and topped with Pasha’s own specialty yogurt.  This is where the Naan fork came in handy, using a small piece to “pick up” the dips! I didn’t do so well the first couple of times, but I was getting better by the end of the meal.

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After dips came a plate of Shirazi salad, Tabbouleh (Levant) salad, Labneh (Middle Eastern) and Baba Ghannouj (Syria). As mentioned above the Shirazi salad is a mix of diced cucumber, tomato and onion tossed in a lemon, olive oil and mint dressing. The Tabbouleh is a mixture of fresh Italian parsley tossed with cracked wheat, tomato, minced onion and flavored with olive oil and lemon juice. The Labneh is a traditional Greek yogurt topped with mint, extra virgin olive oil and a katamata olive. And of course the Baba Ghannouj is made from roasted eggplant dip that has been chilled then mixed with garlic, lemon juice and tahini sauce. All of these I had tried before and they are all favorites of mine. You can mix match your favorites at Pasha too!

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The next plate, which I consider a small appetizer plate, consisted of Beef Sambusa (Middle Eastern) which is homemade pastries stuffed with seasoned beef and served with a spicy chili sauce. Go light on the sauce if you don’t like things too hot.

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Also on this plate were Kibbeh (Levant), a fried bulgur wheat shell, hand rolled and stuffed with seasoned beef, walnuts and pine nuts. These are served with fresh yogurt dip. Also added with this were tomato slices and delightful Persian pickles. There was also some Pasha Potatoes which were diced potatoes sauteed with cilantro, garlic and lemon juice. The potatoes had amazing flavor. The Kibbeh, Beef Sambusa and the Pasha Potatoes were all a new experience for this foodie and I was happy to be introduced to them.

Heartier plates of chicken, beef and lamb were next. A combination of Beef Tenderloin Shish Kabobs (Mediterranean), Australian Lamb Kabobs, and Chicken Sheesh Tawook (Middle Eastern), chicken tenderloins marinated in garlic, olive oil and herbs, were all tender cuts of meat cooked over an open flame. Add to that the Koobideh Kabob (Iran) which is premium ground beef chuck, seasoned with Persian spices (kind of a meatloaf on a stick, if you will) and cooked the same way as the other cuts. This, with grilled sweet peppers, mushrooms and tomatoes makes a meal for a big appetite. Wrap any of these in a pita bread, add some garlic aioli or tzatziki (Middle Eastern & Mediterranean) sauce and you have a very flavorful “sandwich”.

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Both the Chicken Shawarma (Middle Eastern‎, ‎Levant), marinated chicken breast which has been slowly roasted on a vertical pit then thinly sliced or the Beef Shawarma , a marinated beef steak which is slowly roasted on a vertical pit and thinly sliced are other hearty plate options. If ordering these plates at the restaurant, they come with Greek Salad, and hummus as well as their own sauce. And there is always the Gyro meat (Greek) for all you Gyro wrap lovers.

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If getting a hearty plate, you should also consider a side of rice. There are several flavors to choose from. Tonight we tried the Basmati, Cranberry and the Lentil. My personal favorite was the Cranberry but all were very flavorful.

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“Do they have bowls”, you ask? Of course they do. Just choose a rice and a salad then top it with yogurt sauce and top that with your protein of choice. So simple and yet so delish!

And at Pasha they think that everything should have a sweet ending. They believe that so much that they have even opened their own bakery, Baklovah. Baklovah Bakery and Sweets is San Antonio’s most unique stop for fresh baked goods, custom cakes, hot teas and coffees. Located in the heart of the bustling Wurzbach Parkway, Baklovah Bakery is putting a new twist on the bakery scene offering everything from gelato to their signature baklava (Middle Eastern & Mediterranean). Baklovah distributes their sweet treats to all their stores so no matter where you dine, you can also get their pastries.

There was an assortment of goodies to try today from the Ameretto, Plain and Nutella Cheesecakes, Chocolate Mousse Cake, Tiramisu, and of course Baklovah. My favorite, the Baklovah of course! We had to have a cup of Turkish Coffee (Turkey) to go with the sweets. After drinking the coffee, we all tried our hand a reading the coffee grounds at the bottom of the cup. This also makes for great conversation and a few laughs amongst friends. At the end of this evening, it is safe to say that our stomachs were full, but so were our hearts after making new friends.

Thank you Aurora for bringing this meal to life with your wonderful descriptions of each dish and your stories!

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A final note: all Pasha locations are BYOB! Have a bottle of wine, or the perfect beer to go with your dinner? Bring it with you, and enjoy!

This review took place at the Pasha 1604 location.

**Full Disclosure: I received dinner in exchange for my review, but not to worry, all opinions are 100% mine.

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Locations & Phone: 

1207 N Loop 1604; 78258
210-764-1104

9339 Wurzbach Rd, 782410
210-561-5858

15069 I-35, Selma, TX 78154
210-396+7645

Hours:

Sun – Thu: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am -11:00pm

Pasha Express

Location & Phone:

10650 Culebra Rd. Ste 101 San Antonio, TX 78251

210-592-1666

847 E. Hildebrand, (Incarnate Word – International Grossman Center), San Antonio, TX 78209
210-832-2149

Hours:

Sun – Thu: 11:00am-10:00pm
Fri – Sat: 11:00am -11:00pm

Baklovah

Location & Phone:
9329 Wurzbach Rd #104, San Antonio, TX 78240
210-982-3231

Hours:

Daily: 10:00am -8:00pm

Naara Café & Hookah

Naara is a combination of Middle Eastern and Contemporary ambiance. Hookahs are imported from Egypt, Syria & Bahrain for friends to share at this quaint cafe.

Location & Phone:
9329 Wurzbach Rd #101, San Antonio, TX 78240
210-558-9800

Hours: 

Sunday – Thursday: 11am-2:00am

Friday – Saturday: 11am – 4:00am

www.gopasha.com

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