*** Garden Grill is no more.
On our visit to Saffron we noticed that "Falafel King" was gone and replaced by Garden Grill.
One look at the menu and we knew that we'd have to make an effort to return.
The menu is quite extensive, and I took these photos especially for RONW at Hotel Waikiki, I know he has a "thing" for menus. So here ya' go, these are for you RONW! So we returned and found some primo street parking on India Street - not an easy thing by any means.
We both "eyed" out what we wanted and went to order. My plans were scuttled when the Missus ordered the Mixed Grill($8.99), which was what I had in mind:
Man it was good! The Chicken Kabob was moist and tender, the flavors of the herbs used to marinate the chicken came through very clearly. So delici-yoso!!! The Kufta Kabob was also tasty, the meat for the kabob was more coarsely chopped than finely ground which gave the meat an excellent texture. The Greek Salad was a bit short on Feta, but the Romain was very fresh and crisp, the simple dressing also followed the light and crisp theme. The Hummus was routine, and short on garlic, but the tabbouleh balanced out the hummus by being very garlicky. The plate also came with a whole pita that was nothing special, but perfect for scooping up the tabbouleh and hummus. We both thought the rice was kind of mushy for basmati, but we'll be having the Mixed Grill again.
I ordered a simple Lamb Kabob($7.99):
On a recent visit, we weren't feeling very hungry, and so stuck with a salad and appetizer. Here's the Greek Salad($6.45):
The Romain lettuce was so fresh and crisp, the dressing very light! Still not enough feta, though.
I got the Baba Ganouj/Hummus appetizer($4.99):
At first glance it was hard to tell the difference between the Baba Ganouj and the Hummus, other then some visible seeds in the Baba Ganouj. I really enjoyed the Baba Ganouj, which was filled with garlic flavor, and a bit on the chunky side. The Hummus was routine, but very nice with my pita.
The indoor seating is quite cafeteria like, but we rather sit outside. Parking on India Street can be a challenge, the parking meters are also on the expensive side. I always crack up at the "time allowance" of 4.48 minutes per 10 cents!! While we were leaving, an obviously rented mini van parked in an open space. As the Gentleman walked up to the meter His eyes opened up wide, His Wife walked up and simply said "Wow"! He quickly turned to his kids and said "Hurry, we're going to have to eat fast, I've only got fifty cents, that's 24 minutes!"
Garden Grill is also a favorite of Kady of Gourmetish. Who knows, maybe you might run into one of us there!
Garden Grill Restaurant
3715 India St
San Diego, CA 92103