Yama’s Mediterranean Cuisine in Enchanted Lakes

The Sampler Platter $16

How much do you love Mediterranean food? To be honest, it had been such a long time since I had been to a Mediterranean restaurant that I had forgotten how much I loved it! There’s nothing like soft pita bread dipped in hummus or the delicate layers of spanakopita.

This past Saturday night, I met up with my girlfriends for dinner in Enchanted Lakes. My friend, Vanessa, found Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine on Yelp and suggested it for our night out. Yamas was located next to Round Table Pizza in Enchanted Lakes. We arrived at 5:30 pm, and there were lots of tables to accomodate us. There was a steady flow of customers while we were there, so you might want to call ahead and make a reservation to guarantee yourself a table.

We started our dinner with The Sampler Platter which included hummus, baba ganoush, spanakopita, domaldes (stufffed grape leaves), and zucchini fries served with a creamy feta dip. It was a delicious starter, and I highly recommend it if you are going with a group of people. It was enough for 4 of us to have a taste of everything and still be able to eat our main dishes.

gyro $12
falafel pita $12

Yamas was also a great restaurant choice, as its menu included dishes for both vegetarians and meat-lovers. My friends all got the gyro with either garlic fries or Greek salad. They all enjoyed their lamb and beef topped with tzatziki, a yogurt-based sauce.

I ordered the falafel, a vegetarian dish consisting of falafels made from chickpeas and Mediterranean spices topped with hummus and tahini. It was delicious and filling!

fried pita sundae

We were curious about the dessert menu, as all the other food items had been so tasty. We were not disappointed! The baklava was sweet, flaky, and delicious, and the fried pitas were a delicious surprise! I had never had pitas as a dessert. With the cinnamon, sugar, and caramel, one of my friends commented that it tasted like a churro. It did have the flavoring of a churro but on a crispy triangular pita chip. The vanilla ice cream and whipped cream turned it into a delicious sundae.

I highly recommend Yamas if you’re in the mood for Mediterranean food. It was reasonably priced with each of us paying $25 (including tip) for our meals, which included a shared appetizer and dessert. I would love to go back and try the shrimp souvlaki or salmon! Let me know in the comments, if you have a favorite Mediterranean restaurant and what you like to order.

  • Yamas Mediterranean Cuisine: 1020 Keolu Dr., Kailua, HI 96734
  • www.yamaskailua.com
  • lots of parking available in front of the restaurant in the shopping center’s lot
  • service was quick, efficient, and friendly
  • restaurant was bright and clean
  • open 11am-9pm daily

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