We went to this place because it was late (~2am) and the trusted nearby Babylon Cafe and Falafel King was closed. Against my better senses we gave Mediterranean Grill a shot. MISTAKE #1
ORDER: We ordered the falafel plate because I wanted something fresh and fried to order and crispy, since at night most of the food tends to be leftover from earlier in the day. MISTAKE #2
ATMOSPHERE: We noticed a row full of microwaves right in front, where the operators were openly microwaving everybody's food order. If I hadn't paid already I would have left. I despise seeing microwaves in ANY food establishments (I hesitate to call this place a restaurant). If I wanted microwaved food, I would have simply went home and dived into my freezer. MISTAKE #3
SERVICE: Servers were unfriendly and borderline rude. No smiles,- just blank stares and business. Despite all the food being already "made", and only needing to be reheated in the microwave, it took about 7 full minutes of STANDING before they got around to assembling my plate of pre-made falafel. Never asked me what kind of rice or sides I wanted, they just chose for me. One girl overheard my snide remarks about the microwaves, and told us to sit down and we will bring the food to you because you don't like microwaves (WTF does that mean anyways? will you not bring me food if I like microwaves?) MISTAKE #4
FOOD: Easily the worst Falafel and Falafel plate I've had in my life. I have tried all other places downtown. Their falafel was soft (from being microwaved), spongy, and tasted solely of breadcrumbs. Was like eating a washing sponge after cleaning a falafel plate. Could not taste any chick peas, Tumac, or mediterranean spices. Used a filling of mostly breadcrumbs to cut back on chickpeas (and they are cheap anyways!). Never knew greek salad was made of iceberg lettuce and no feta until I came here (hint: cucumbers and feta are 'expensive' ingredients). Hoummous and Tzsaziki sides were too thin and watered down. Boiled potato was hard and had no seasoning - bland, flavorless and lifeless. Best thing on the menu was the 'saffron' rice which had no saffron taste anyways - basically white rice - be really, who can screw up rice. I'll give them credit for that, this place can make rice, but not anything else.
Although I didn't order the meat dishes, the schwarma, chicken souvlaki, lamb, and donair, all appeared in the open either dyhradrated, or soaking in a bed of oil - disgusting.
VERDICT: I am convinced this place only survives because it is close to the beach to attract customers who want convenience over real food, or people who just don't know what good food is, and also because it is the only place open in the area during late night. I wouldn't go back here even if it was the only falafel joint, or even if they gave me a free meal. Give it a pass, you'll be glad you did.