Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sababa Middle Eastern Gill (Squirrel Hill): Take Two

Update 2/1/2012: Sababa Grill has now closed.

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As mentioned in my last post on Sababa, a friend and I had agreed to each get a LivingSocial deal for Sababa Grill and to go twice.  We weren't able to work out a time to go a second time together before the deal was to expire, so I took another friend for my second visit.  I decided to try something different this time: the Bourekas, with is a phyllo pastry with your choice of potato, eggplant, or mushroom filling.  I was going to be adventurous and get the eggplant, given my recent good experience with eggplant in Italy and that I've always been pleased with the Spanish Eggplant Salad at Sababa, but alas, they were out.  So I went with the mushroom filling instead.  I also had a choice of an appetizer to go along with my bourekas, and naturally I opted for my favorite Spanish Eggplant Salad.  Yum!

The Mushroom Bourekas looked delicious, but when I cut it open I noticed mostly pastry and not a whole lot of mushroom on the inside.  I was a little concerned that it would be bland, but it turns out the phyllo dough had absorbed much of the mushroom flavor and it was overall quite tasty.  The Spanish Eggplant Salad, as usual, was amazing.

Bourekas at Sababa Grill
Bourekas with Mushrooms ($7.90)

Bourekas at Sababa Grill
Bourekas with Mushrooms ($7.90)

My dining companion ordered the Shwarma with spiced broiled chicken and lamb.  She let me have a large bite and a picture.  My little taste was great and I might just have to try this one next time.

Shwarma at Sababa Grill
Shwarma ($15.00)

During our meal, the owner also came by to check on us and asked if we had any complaints.  I jokingly "complained" that they were out of the eggplant bourekas, but he was a good sport about it.  It was overall a nice meal and there's a good reason why Sababa is one of my favorite restaurants in town.

Restaurant info:
Sababa Middle Eastern Grill
2121 Murray Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15217
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