Casual dining

Irvine: Luna Grill Mediterranean

Luna Grill is a Mediterranean / Middle Eastern casual restaurant headquartered in San Diego with locations throughout California and Dallas- Fort Worth.  They like to be known as a “kebobery” and their signature dish is their chicken kebob.

We went to the Irvine Spectrum location on a Sunday afternoon. The location is across from the Edwards Theater and the Irvine Improv, nestled among other eateries like Tender Greens, Umami Burger, PF Changs.

The exterior of the building is quite plain, and looks like any  other restaurant found in an outdoor mall.  However, walk inside, and its a charming place, with quirky lanterns floating overhead. There’s muted tvs along the wall, and the natural lighting makes is a comfortable place to eat.

We chose to eat outside, and the patio area is semi-enclosed. There’s glass along the side to keep the wind and noise to a minimum, and there’s a roof overhead.

Our food came out quickly.  At first it was the appetizer sampler plate, and then the server realized that the sampler was Stephen’s lunch.  My chicken kebob came out minutes later.

There was plenty of food for both of us to share.  The sampler platter was definitely a meal in itself.  The falafel was crunchy on the outside, yet moist but firm inside.  The hummus was delicious, as was the Israeli couscous.  The grape leaves were not my favorite, as the inside rice was a bit mushy.

The chicken plate was a generous portion of chicken breasts, Basmati rice, house salad, one grilled tomato, and pita bread. The chicken was seasoned well, but it wasn’t as juicy as I hoped it would be. Still, overall a great meal, and priced affordably at $11.

Lunch for 2 with drinks came to $27 even.  We had enough for both of us, and luckily didn’t have to take any leftovers home.  Thumbs up for this place.  I’d gladly come back to try their beef sirloin kebob.

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