Mezze, Micah Wexler's Mediterranean restaurant on La Cienega, recently launched a Sunday night only special menu of matzo ball soup and pastrami sandwich. The regular menu is also available on Sunday evenings, but these two Jewish deli classics are hard to resist. Fortunately for Dine LA fans, they are both on the Mezze Restaurant Week menu if you eat at Mezze on a Sunday.
The Matzo Ball soup ($10) was excellent. The matzo ball was light and fluffy and the broth was intense and rich and sprinkled with chicken cracklings. Large chunks of chicken meat, carrots, celery and onions all lurk beneath the surface of the broth. This is not a dish you are going to want to share.
The Pastrami Sandwich ($15) was also quite good, although the bread was too soft for my taste. The pastrami meat was well seasoned but mild if eaten alone. It is the house-made mustard that truly gives the sandwich a kick. The combination of the sliced pastrami, the mustard and the bread does form a wonderful sandwich. If they had bread from Langer's, it would be a true home run. The meat is thickly sliced and the portion is filling without being huge. Good stuff. Perhaps Chef Wexler should consider opening up a deli as a spinoff and give Canter's a run for its money in the neighborhood. With Langer's not open for business in the evening, the matzoh ball soup and sandwich is the best Jewish deli for miles around, if only for one night a week.
Mezze: 401 N. La Cienega Blvd, Mid City. | 310.657.4103 | mezzela.com