The first thing we noticed when we arrived at the restaurant was the A rating from the Louisville Health Department on the door. That right there was a good sign, I thought. The restaurant itself was a large, bright colorful room. The decor was simple with posters and flags. It was very neat and clean.
The Mirage Restaurant specializes in Palestinian Cuisine. There menu offers a wide variety of foods, including salads, startes, light meals, sandwiches as well as entrees (including four vegetarian entrees). Our server showed us the four daily specials as we walked past the counter to be seated.
Looking at the menu, I was indecisive. I wanted it all--everything sounded so delicious. I asked our server what she would suggest. She was very pleasant and knowledgeable about the menu and suggested we try the Mirage Special that feeds two, stating that it was a lot of food and would be plenty for our family of two adults and two young chilren (6 and 8). The Mirage Special was comprised of chicken, lamb, ground beef kabobs, chicken and beef shawarma, 4 falafel, served over rice with vegetables and choice of three salads and sauce. We opted for hummus, baba ganouge, and Jerusalem Salad as our sides. It was served with pita bread.
The first thing I tried was the Baba Ganoush. This is the real deal. It is mouthwatering. I felt pretty darn close to heaven eating it and moved on, thinking I would save the best for last. But as I tried each item, it was equally as good as the one before. And much of it took me back to my college days where I had friends from the middle east who used to cook elaborate meals such as this.
My husband and I talked about the last time we had food this good at a restaurant and determined it had been years. Unfortunately, where we live, chain restaurants are the name of the game. And although some are good, none can compare to the authentic tastes of Mirage. I even think back to other non-chain restaurants that we frequented in various places that we lived. Although some were quite good, the Mirage definitely takes the cake. In fact, it was so good that we ordered two meals and dessert to take home with us!
The beauty of it all is that my girls loved the ethnic Palestinian cuisine as much as my husband and I. I also think the prices are very reasonable, especially considering the quality and quantity of food. Where else can you get three lamb chops for $14.95? There is no children's menu, however, there are a variety of small items that children would enjoy eating. The chef and server were extremely friendly. This is a place that I will stop at every time I am in Louisville!
So, if you are ever in the Louisville area, please make sure you stop by and check out the Mirage Restaurant. You won't regret it.
(PS I was so excited about the food, I slipped out of my blogging mentality and forgot to take photos. Sorry! It looked as beautiful as it tasted.)
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4100 Preston Highway
Louisville, KY 40213