The Short Course
To avoid wait: Anytime.
Noise level: Quiet to moderate.
Bathroom amenities: Very clean, no changing station.
High chairs? Yes.
Kids’ menu? Yes.
Allergies? Items are marked on the menu if they are vegetarian, vegan, gluten free, or contain nuts. Always alert your server so special precautions can be taken in the kitchen.
Situated at the end of the SouthBriar Shopping Center in Sylvania, in the former PaPa G’s Pizza, you may have missed the new Mediterranean bistro that opened in late October. Ameera Mediterranean Bistro owner, Nassif (Nick) Chamoun, a Sylvania resident, is excited to open his newest restaurant where he lives. “[Sylvania residents] love to support local businesses,” said Mr. Chamoun who will be sure to meet you before you leave. “Come as a customer. Leave as a friend,” is what they say at Ameera.
Insanely fresh fare
Chamoun (Nick, as he prefers to be called) was born in Lebanon and moved to Boston in 1999. After relocating to Toledo, he owned Aladdin’s near the mall for about 11 years. However, he longed to make his Mediterranean cuisine with his own family’s recipes. Ameera, meaning princess, was his grandmother’s name. “I loved her more than anything,” said Nick, getting a little sentimental thinking about his beloved teta (grandmother). He told me she had a passion for excellence and so many incredible recipes.
The menu combines typical Mediterranean cuisine with a few surprises. No matter what you find on the menu, Nick believes in providing his customers with only the freshest of ingredients.
Besides the traditional fare of tabouli, hummus, and falafel, the cauliflower appetizer was a hit. Cauliflower florets are lightly fried and topped with Nick’s special seasoning and tahini yogurt dressing. Rolled pitas came in 12 varieties, with seven vegetarian versions. Pita pizzas, salads, and specialty plates were also on the menu. For a small restaurant, the menu packs a punch.
Dine with confidence
As the mother of a child with food allergies, I am always extra careful about where we choose to eat and how our meals are prepared. With allergies that include ALL nuts, legumes and sesame, a Mediterranean restaurant can be a little scary for me, but Nick assured me that my son’s meal would be prepared separately and not near any of the allergens. Menu items are also clearly marked as vegetarian, vegan, gluten free or if they contain nuts. I was confident about my son safely enjoying a meal.
Though not able to enjoy many of the dishes we ordered that evening due to allergies, my youngest loved the Ameera’s Pita Pizza for $8.25. It included honey Dijon dressing, curried chicken, banana peppers, fried onions, and cheddar cheese. I shared with him some of my meat from my Ameera’s Favorite Combo. The beef kafta, shish kabob and shish tawook were tasty with garlic sauce and tahini sauce that really enhanced the flavors.
The other two enjoyed the rolled pitas. My daughter loved the variety of vegetarian choices on the menu. Sticking by the mantra of healthy eating and healthy lifestyle, you won’t find anything fried on the kid’s menu. The six options are $5.25 or less and include things such as beef kafta, grilled chicken tenders, chicken and cheese pita, and sides such as fresh fruit, rice, or vermicelli.
Ameera Mediterranean Bistro
5127 Main St. Sylvania, OH
SouthBriar Shopping Center