The Gourmet Genie Food Truck grants your wishes, serving healthy Mediterranean in a sea of food trucks.
- yummy, yet cleansing vegetarian Jasmine's Feast with Two Falafels, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Cabbage Salad, Hummus, Baba Ghanoush & Couscous
- garlicky, huge chunks of Chicken Kabob Pita Wrap with Cabbage Salad, Grilled Tomato & Signature Garlic Sauce
- incredible Baklava Bird's Nest with Pistachios & shortbready Madjool Date Cookies
- super spicy, homemade Jalapeno Cherry Tomato Salsa
I was pleasantly surprised by the Gourmet Genie, not just for the healthy Mediterranean food they serve, but for the enormous portions and great value that comes along with the magic food truck ride. For $14.50 I split Jasmine's Feast Entree, a hefty Chicken Kabob Pita Wrap & Dessert, and left feeling full with leftovers to boot.
The Jasmine's Feast ($8) definitely is! The 2 Falafel Patties are crunchy on the outside, yet still buttery moist on the inside, and have a thick creamy, slightly bitter citrus sauce that I can't quite put my lamp-rubbing finger on. The Grape Leaves have a bit of crunch on the outside, are stuffed with Lemony Rice, and are oh-so-good. The dollop of Olive Oil and Paprika on the Hummus make it extra dip-worthy. The Baba Ghanoush is kind of unexpected with a thick yogurt, even cream cheese taste, but my hand model (Evan) loved it. The Couscous with Fresh Parsley, Green Onion & Roasted Chickpeas is good, but a little dry. And the Pita Slices are ever so fluffy.
The Cabbage Salad that Jasmine's Feast comes with is very light, perhaps too light, but is very refreshing with Shaved Fennel, Fresh Parsley, Diced Tomato, Red Onion & "Magic Dressing."
The Chicken Kabob Pita Wrap ($6) is huge and so are the garlicky Marinated Grilled Cubes (more like thick rectangles) of Chicken Breast inside. The Garlic Sauce definitely stands out, while the sweetness of the Roasted Tomatoes pop in your mouth. And I can't get over the warm, fluffy, pillowiness of the Pita! The Genie also makes his own super spicy Jalapeno Salsa to dip on the side – use with caution.
The Baklava Bird's Nest ($1.50) with thick, crunchy Pistachios, has buttery flaky Filo Pastry, sweet Honey, and is unbelievable – one of the best Baklavas I've ever had. And the Madjool Cookies ($1.50) are good, but a little dry, and kind of remind me of an old-fashioned jam shortbread cookie.