Ta-eem Grill, Hummus Fava Beans

Entrance to Ta-eem GrillLet’s see. Shawarma or falafel?  Kabobs or schnitzel? Humus or baba ganoush? Hard choice as Ta-eem Grill fills its menu with a seductive list of delicious Glatt Kosher Mediterranean fare.

Yoel and Sylvie Kraizberger, Israeli natives, opened Ta-eem in 2011, fashioning the restaurant after one they ran in Israel. Today, the Los Angeles restaurant has become a staple with the Jewish community and draws lovers of Israeli dishes from far beyond its Fairfax neighborhood.

The Kraizberger family (mom and dad, son and daughter) run the place, energetically greeting friends, filling orders and overseeing the grilling that take place at a station just inside the entrance.

Yoel and Sylvie Kraizberger inside Ta-eem

Yoel and Sylvie Kraizberger

Customers order and pay at a counter and then find a seat or just hover around if waiting for carryout.

The menu at Ta-eem

The restaurant sports a well-worn ambience. A smoky scent of grilled onions, garlic and seared meats greets one at the door. Personal photos line one wall. Scruffy wood tables with mismatched chairs provide seating for about 100. A few tables sit outdoors—on the Melrose sidewalk.

A collage of inside Ta-eem

Inside Ta-eem


Ta-eem has a few tables on the Melrose sidewalk.

Outside Ta-eem

Carryout or dine-in, people come for the food and it shines. Food writer Sylvio Martins claims Ta-eem’s falafel is one of the best in LA. (See “The Best Flafel In LA.”)  Food reviewer Brian Cox likes the Shawarma (See 6 Excellent Shawarma Spots in LA.”). I happen to crave the pargiot, a mound of marinated chicken thigh slivers grilled with onions and garlic.

Collage of Ta-eem's falafel on pita and Parrot plate with Israeli salad, rice and baba ganoush.

Ta-eem’s falafel on pita and parrot plate with Israeli salad, rice and baba ganoush.

Everyone loves picking and choosing favorites from the feast of side dishes that accompany most orders.

An assortment of side dishes that come with Ta-eem's entrees.

And Sylvie Kraizberger says that she favors the Hummus Fava Beans, a dish that she makes for the restaurant—like this:


Ta-eem's Hummus Fava Beans (Ful) with hardboiled egg garnish.

Yield: 2 to 4 servings.

1 can (15 ounces) garbanzo beans

4 to 5 garlic cloves, divided

2 tablespoon tahini

About 2 tablespoons lemon juice, divided


1 can (15 ounces) fava beans, rinsed

Olive oil

1/2 teaspoon cumin

1/2 teaspoon paprika

1 to 2 hard-boiled eggs, cut into wedges

Chopped parsley

Make hummus: Put garbanzo beans in a medium saucepan, cover with cold water and bring to a boil over medium heat, gently boil beans for about 20 minutes. Drain beans, rinse in cold water and set aside until completely cooled.

Put cooled garbanzo beans, 2 or 3 minced garlic cloves, tahini, 1 tablespoon lemon juice and about 1/2 teaspoon salt in a food processor, blender or grinder. Process mixture, adding cold water as necessary to make a smooth, creamy paste. Correct seasoning, adding more lemon juice and/or salt as desired. Set hummus aside.

Cook fava beans: Put a thin coat of olive oil in a medium-size skillet. Set over medium heat. Add 2 minced garlic cloves and cook, stirring often, until garlic is fragrant, but not browned, about 1 minute. Add fava beans, 3 tablespoons water, 1 tablespoon lemon juice, cumin and paprika. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the beans are cooked through and flavorful, about 20 minutes. Taste and correct seasoning.

When ready to serve: Spoon hummus into the center of a large bowl. Make an indentation in center of hummus, spreading mixture in a circle covering bottom of bowl and extending a little up the sides. Add fava beans to indentation in center of hummus. Drizzle olive oil over top of all and sprinkle generously with parsley. Garnish with a hard-boiled egg.

Ta-eem Grill, Inc./7422 Melrose Ave/Los Angeles

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