A few weeks ago I met some friends at La Shish in Cary. It is located in a strip mall, as is common here. The space itself is simple with off white walls and wooden tables. It is a family run Mediterranean restaurant. When we sat down the waitress/owner came to take our order but we still hadn’t had a chance to look at the menu. She seemed a bit annoyed as it was a busy lunch hour with many regulars and she seemed to want turn the tables quickly. When she returned to take our orders she was a bit more relaxed and realized that we weren’t in a rush.
I ordered Gyro platter which came with rice pilaf, hummus, and tzatziki. The gyro had very good flavor with a fair amount of herbs and spices running through out. However, I felt it was just a little dry. The tzatziki was very good and a nice cooling complement to the gyro but it my preference would have been for it to be a little thicker. The hummus was tasty with a fair amount of tahini to add a nice creaminess though I would have liked a little more lemon to offset the richness of the tahini. The rice pilaf was my favorite part of the platter, the rice was buttery and light and flavored with plenty of herbs throughout. The platters offer plenty of food; I would have loved to try some baklava but we were just too full. The flavors were all quite good but didn’t meet my personal preferences for these particular dishes. It is always difficult for me to judge Mediterranean food as I can’t help but compare to Med Deli which prepares these dishes perfectly (at least in my opinion!). Having said that, I would certainly try La Shish again when I am in the area.
908 NE Maynard Rd
Cary, NC 27513