i love mediterranean food.  period. so i was super excited to try semiramis, a lebanese restaurant in albany park.

we ordered carry out from there a couple weeks ago ... i decided to go pretty basic for the first time. everything was super tasty. apologies in advance for the presentation... i was too hungry to put the food on real plates. here's what i had :

house salad : 
 tomatoes, cucumbers and romaine lettuce, mixed with olive oil, lemon juice and mint.
all very fresh and tasty ... the dressing was awesome and you could really taste the mint. yum!

baba ghannouj :
smoked eggplant puree with tahini, parsley, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
also super yum. i haven't had baba ghannouj in a while since i found out my favorite place for it (pita inn in skokie) uses yogurt in it. so i've stayed away from it at most places. this was awesome. it was super smokey and fresh. i'm craving it again already. 

hummus :
chickpea puree with tahini, garlic, lemon juice and olive oil.
standard hummus. a little dense for my liking. but again, very fresh and delicious. 

they also gave us 10 pitas (for 3 people) ... 5 white and 5 wheat. awesome. 

other vegan items at semiramis according to the gentleman i spoke with on the phone :
 - the dolmas : grape leaves stuffed with rice, parsley, green peppers, green onions, tomatoes and mint, cooked in olive oil. 
 - the falafel : chickpea croquettes. 

i am assuming that there is other stuff that is vegan as well (fattoush salad, ful, lentil soup, tabbouleh, etc.), but i only asked about the above since that's what i was craving. 

semiramis in albany park : byob + great lebanese food! can't wait for a trip to the actual restaurant!


  1. So glad you enjoyed it! I am an employee at Semiramis and oscillate between being a vegetarian and vegan. I can also tell you that the dishes you mentioned in parenthesis are vegan and that the lentils and rice entree is as well. Joseph (the owner) also makes some excellent vegetarian/vegan special entrees as well, such as the vegetable mousaka and baked eggplant. These are offered only sporadically, unfortunately, but they are delicious!

  2. thanks for the additional info! it's a great restaurant! looking forward to heading back again! :)


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