Sweet malawach and rolled baklava were the only two choices for dessert, and since I'd already eaten plenty of puff pastry between the malawach cheese crisp and the bourekas, I craved baklava instead.

This was an interesting version — deceptively dry-looking, rolled in pale sheets of phyllo, with crushed pistachios on top. But biting into one these plump, cigar-shaped confections, I found that the papery outer layer of dough gave way to an almost juicy, doughy middle that was neither sickly sweet nor packed with dry nut filling like some kinds of baklava. I was tempted to order seconds.

Spices owner Etgar Wagner shows off some of his restaurant's specialties.
Jackie Mercandetti
Spices owner Etgar Wagner shows off some of his restaurant's specialties.

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Spices Mediterranean Kitchen

4040 W. Ray Road
Chandler, AZ 85226

Category: Restaurant > Greek

Region: Chandler

Details

Hummus: $5.50
Bourekas: $6.95
Lamb shish kabob: $11.95
Baklava: $4.95

480-491-4777
www.spicesmk.com
Hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Friday; noon to 8 p.m. Saturday
Spices Mediterranean Kitchen
4040 West Ray Road, Suite 12, Chandler

After all, I doubted I'd be baking up a batch of baklava at home anytime soon.

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AH

Spices is one of the best Mediterranean restaurants I've been to - and I lived in Jerusalem for a year during college. It's the closest thing to the food out there, and maybe even better. I go at least once a week!

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FB

Great neighborhood find Michele! Sounds like they have their own take on the concept, very cool! Looking forward to checking them out!

 
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