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Mantee Cafe

10962 Ventura Blvd. (Vineland Ave.) Send to Phone
818-761-6565 | Make Restaurant Reservations | Menu
Friendly Lebanese/Armenian eatery with a charming patio and an intriguing menu.

Lunch & Dinner Tues.-Sun.

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Mantee Cafe Restaurant Review

: Studio City’s Mantee Café is no ordinary kebab house. Its façade has the look of a neighborhood French bistro, the owner’s family boasts a prominent restaurant in Beirut, and service is exceedingly warm and friendly. Inside lies a particularly petite dining room, while a charming, lushly landscaped patio with sparkling lights hanging from shady trees is hidden in the back. A good way to experience the cooking is to concentrate on mezes (small plates), ranging from a “hummus cocktail” (sprinkled with pine nuts and little chunks of filet mignon), muhammara (a Syrian spread consisting of walnuts, chilies, bread crumbs and pomegranate juice) and baked mantee dumplings. These tiny, boat-shaped pasta shells are filled with seasoned ground beef and topped with a tangy garlic-yogurt sauce. Entrées, if you ever get there, include lamb chops and the requisite kebabs, some paired with the kitchen’s signature cherry sauce. Desserts (from a local bakery) lean more toward France than the Middle East. Lunch specials bring generous vegetarian plates.
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