I love Mediterranean food–hummus, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves–I want it all. So I was really excited when I heard Noor Mediterranean Grill, a casual dining spot, was opening in Powder House Square.
Located in the former Broken Yolk space at 136 College Ave., Noor is tiny, but clean and bright inside. The staff, including the owner who made our meals, was very friendly and the service was prompt. My only complaint was a very small drink selection that consisted mostly of canned sodas.
I had a really tough time time narrowing down what to order for lunch, but ultimately settled on the veggie lovers plate. It can be configured in several ways, but I opted to sample the tabouli, hummus and grape leaves. I selected the rice (French fries are the other option) and was pleased when the plate came piled high with Mediterranean goodies, including pickled vegetables and pita bread.
The whole meal was enjoyable and I especially liked the plate format because it allowed me to combine the various components in different ways. The rice was delectable, the hummus was creamy and the grape leaves were divine.
My husband and dining partner opted for the falafel wrap, which came with tahini sauce, lettuce, tomatoes and pickles. The falafel was fried fresh for the wrap and its sizable portion meant even his big appetite was satisfied. He also sampled the grape leaves and agreed they were delicious. The kibbee balls (cracked wheat stuffed with ground beef, onions, pine nuts and seasonings) were also a big hit.
My first experience at Noor was delightful and I’m already looking forward to going back to sample the dishes I missed the first time around. Noor’s menu isn’t huge, but it has so many configurations that you could dine there regularly without ever getting the same thing twice. And with lots of options both with and without meat, omnivores and vegetarians alike will come away satisfied.