Friday, April 13, 2018

Basil Mediterranean Cafe - Midtown Oklahoma City

I'm attending a conference in Oklahoma City. While most of the people at the conference went out for famous Oklahoma beef, I looked for ethnic food.

I went to TripAdvisor and looked for their top-rated less expensive restaurants. The Basil Mediterranean Cafe, rated as number 11, is located in Midtown Oklahoma City at 211 NW 23rd Street. TripAdvisor describes the restaurant as Mediterranean, Greek, Middle Eastern, vegetarian friendly with vegan options.

It has a variety of Mediterranean dishes ranging from $4.95 for a gyros and $13.95 for Persian saffron lamb shank. Meals are described as delicious, well-priced, and filling.

We began our meal with dolmas, herbed steamed seasoned basmati rice, wrapped in soft grape leaves and served with fresh lemons. Because we ordered two main entrees, we also received hummus, which is prepared with tahini, lemon juice, and garlic and served with warm fresh pita bread.

Dolmas and hummus appetizers with Peach Cream tea

As our main dishes, I ordered a gyros platter with french fries while my wife ordered the Persian saffron lamb shank.

The gyros platter at $8.95 included thinly sliced gyros meat (lots of it), served with fresh vegetables, warm pita bread, and a choice of French fries or basmati rice. It was served with a side of tzatziki sauce. I enjoy gyros meat and I was not disappointed. When I saw the size of the meal, I asked for a take-out box and took half the meat home and left over pita bread and hummus for tomorrow's lunch.
Gyros meat platter with French fries

My wife orders lamb whenever she can. The Persian saffron lamb shank includes slow cooked fork tender shank of lamb with a tasty sauce made with saffron and served with onions and garbanzo beans. It served over steamed basmati rice with pita bread.
Persian saffron lamb shank

We ordered peach creamed herbal tea to go with the meal. It came in a glass tea pot which gave us three small cups of tea each. We added saffron honey to sweeten the tea.

We took home baklava for dessert and a bottle of the saffron honey.

The owner, Tony, who came from Iran in the 1970s, has operated the restaurant for four years. He helped pronounce each of the dishes and described each of meals.

The web address for the restaurant is 

Here are some of the more recent comments from customers on TripAdvisor:

We stopped in here the other day for a late lunch after reading good reviews. First the owner was very friendly and also very funny. The food was very good, inexpensive and the portions were huge. Our service was very fast, as you order at the counter and they will bring your food to your table. Good sized parking lot especially for this area. The map showed it at 23rd and Hudson but it’s located about a block down nearer Harvey.

I pass by this jewel often, but never had I stopped until a friend recently took me. It was a delightful experience And I’ll return again soon. I had a falafel and hummus plate. When they saw that I was about out of falafel and pita they brought more! Very friendly staff and reasonable prices.

Basil's food is amazing, and it is always served hot and fresh. The owners/employees are so friendly and warm. It's always clean and welcoming inside. My absolute favorite is the Mediterranean chicken, but I've liked everything I've tried.

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