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The Scoop: Kaslik Restaurant serving up authentic eastern Mediterranean eats in Florissant

January 30th 12:01pm, 2013

Those looking for an authentic taste of the Middle East might consider heading to Florissant. Kaslik Restaurant opened its doors last Friday at 8141 N. Lindbergh Blvd., at the intersection of Manresa Lane. The restaurant is a project by chef-owner Wesam Hamed (pictured below).

Hamed’s menu features more than 20 cold and hot appetizers. Build-your-own mezes are available with such offerings as: hummus (served in the tradition of Hamed’s native Jerusalem with a garnish of olive oil, a spoonful of whole chickpeas and a sprinkle of sumac), labneh (thick Arabic yogurt drizzled with olive oil and garnished with mint), warek inab (rice-stuffed grape leaves), kabis (pickled vegetables), makdous (baby eggplant stuffed with walnuts and garlic), and foul moudames (a stew of fava beans, tomatoes, garlic and spices).

Among the 10 entrees, diners will find chicken, lamb, beef and shrimp dishes. The mixed grill plate of shish tawuk (chicken marinated in garlic, lemon juice and spices), beef kefta and shrimp is a nice way to sample multiple dishes, as is a veggie platter that holds a chef’s selection of five meze items. All entrees are served with a side salad and the majority come with Basmati rice. The lunch crowd will find a handful of easy grab-and-go items such as beef shawarma (pictured) or falafel wrapped in pita. Beverages include Arabic coffee, hot mint tea, fresh orange juice, carrot juice, lemon juice, as well as soft drinks.

The dining area is tiny – there are just five two-top tables – but the tight quarters make for easy conversation with Hamed and his friendly staff of two behind the counter. (If language is another sign of authenticity, note that English is not the predominant language spoken by the majority of Kaslik clientele.) The restaurant is open daily from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. A website (kaslikstl.com) and Facebook page are expected to launch by mid-February.

By Ligaya Figueras

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3 Responses to “The Scoop: Kaslik Restaurant serving up authentic eastern Mediterranean eats in Florissant”

  1. paul Says:
    January 30th, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    Can’t wait to be on North Lindbergh one day soon to give your restaurant a try. I tried your webste and it appears it’s not up yet. Any chance you could email me a menu if you have one available. Good luck on your restaurant!


  2. brian Says:
    February 2nd, 2013 at 8:14 pm

    I found this review on feb 2 it made me hungry so I went and picked up some food. It was all awseome, bargain prices and the people who worked there were super nice and super cute. Man I hope they stay open, NOCO needs a place like this badly. I will be back, next to the Pearl Cafe, it is my second favorite restaurant on Lindbergh, after a few more meals it may be my favorite.

  3. Michelle Says:
    February 2nd, 2013 at 9:52 pm

    I love Middle Eastern food, so I was very excited to try Kaslik. The food was phenomenal – very flavorful and tasty. I am a vegetarian and was very pleased with the menu selection (lots of options for non-vegetarians too). The staff was very friendly and pleasant. The prices were very, very reasonable. I highly recommend this restaurant.

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