This was such a pleasant surprise! I was visiting a family member and drove by this place a couple of times. After participating in the Science March we had a good appetite.
Mediterranean Network is quiet and had beautiful Middle Eastern music playing quietly in the background and set the right mood. That is important to me and I noticed it throughout this experience. You can see from the decor that thought went into creating an attractive area for quiet dining and conversation.
We had a short wait to be seated. We ordered the local cider for our drink while we perused the menu.
I have sought out Middle Eastern food over the years and have some menu favorites but this menu had surprises and I deliberately ordered something I had no knowledge of. We started with tabouli however it was very salty and we left most of it.
My companion ordered the falafel. I ordered the moshakel, a saffron rice with ground beef,vegetables and a little bit of heat. If I were to order it again I would ask for a little yogurt to balance the heat but it wasn't very hot at all. It was delicious and appealing. My companion was very happy with her falafel. We both needed a take out box because the serving size was ample.
We also chose to take half our food home to justify ordering their desserts. Another nice surprise. For the lovers of Baklava, it is on the menu along with some other options. My companion ordered the date cake and I ordered the custard. The custard was seasoned and had a nutty texture with what seemed to be fresh ground cardamom. Both were delicious.
Prices were typical Eugene prices, I think and ranged from about $15. to upper $20.s.
The service was excellent.