Bavel impresses with tantalizing food and flavors in Downtown Los Angeles

Are you looking to venture out of your neighborhood and head off the beaten path to a new hot spot?  If you are then I highly recommend that you don't pass by the new meditteranean Restaurant in the Downtown LA's arts district. 

Spending time with another foodie is essential to exploring around Los Angeles to appreciate all the city has to offer. That is exactly what I was able to do two weeks ago.

The arts district has a New York city, Brooklyn kind of vibe and has new buildings and Restaurants popping up often. Downtown LA as a whole has many new projects happening throughout the city, so it is a draw for many to live and eat in downtown.

Arriving at Bavel, you pull up and the valet service will gladly take your car. Anyone who has ventured into Downtown Los Angeles recently know that parking in downtown can be a bit difficult especially in an area that is up and coming. The name of the Restaurant Bavel a hebrew word is pronounced as (buh-vel) which comes from the story of when the Middle East was one.

Restaurant owners, Ori and Genevieve, spent many years in the Restaurant industry to later open their first Restaurant in 2012 known to many as Bestia.

They recently opened Bavel in April 2018.  The food is inspired by Middle Eastern cuisine with Ori and Genevieve having family roots in Israel, Morocco, Turkey and Egypt.  The flavors in each dish we tried truly are unique and like nothing I have ever tasted anywhere in Southern California.  As shown in the below photo the spices are propietary blends and blends that are special to the flavor and flair of the food showcased at Bavel.  

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From the menu we ordered the following items: slow roasted lamb neck shawarma, fois gras halva, baba ghanoush (as pictured), and two desserts: paglava and cardamom apple, prune cake. Every item that we tasted, had flavors that reminded me of the Middle East.

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Having visited Israel nearly five years ago, it was reminiscent of my time abroad and this alone made me want to return to savor the rest of the items on the menu.  The drinks (as pictured) prices are representative of the Los Angeles, food scene, but despite the higher prices, they were made to add to the meal instead of take away. They complimented our tastebuds and meals perfectly. We ended with a higher end cider that was like no other cider I have ever tasted. 

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The coolest part was, my visit to Bavel, was just days before a visit to Europe. I was off to visit Istanbul, Turkey for the first time and it was truly a great send off with savory food and service. 

After just returning from Turkey I can tell you that I am really looking forward to returning to Bavel to try their take on Sujuk, which is a tasty beef sausage that is served in the mornings or anytime your heart desires while in Turkey. It is listed on the Bavel menu, described as, " beef salami, grated tomato, red onion, yogurt, marjoram, olive oil and sea salt." Let's see if Bavel's Turkish roots duplicates the tasty treat that was served abroad that I grew love.

The design and aestetics of Bavel's interior creates a warm and inviting feel, like that of the countries I have visited to include Israel and now Turkey.  The theme throughout the restaurant is inviting and warm and the raceway of planters throughout the Restaurant create the ambience that you would want to return to. Tiles, plaster and various furnishings give you the feel of Israel, Morrocco and Turkey all in one.  The restaurant draws their ambience and compares it to the herbs of nutrition and health such as tumeric, saffron and turquoise, which are all warm and calming colors.  To experience all this establishment has to offer make sure you plan in advance and call ahead to make a reservation. You won't be disappointed.