Tabbuli Grill to launch new tapas menu and raw bar

Chef Eric Gaffin  Tabbuli Grill has awesome news and we are breaking the news here first!

February 17th is Tabbuli Grill’s big day – that is when we launch our new menu, featuring an all  new tapas menu and a raw bar. Under the direction of Chef Eric Gaffin, Tabbuli Grill is reworking it’s current menu to bring you more variety for menu options and flavors. The menu is currently under revision, so we cannot reveal any of the top secret new menu items yet – but as the time gets closer, we’ll show you some of the tasty new items you can expect.

Eric is also heading up our newest company within Charleston Hospitality Group – Charleston Hospitality Catering. He is currently booking events and Tabbuli Grill is proving to be a popular place for rehearsal dinners. With the beautiful covered patio and fountains, our patio is a phenomenal place to host your event, no matter what the occasion. If you would like to schedule an event at Tabbuli Grill, you can reach Chef Eric at events@charlestonhospitalitycatering.com.

Tabbuli Grill presents, “What is a pita?”

If you have never really tried Mediterranean cuisine, you may be wondering about some of the items on the menu at Tabbuli Grill. Today, we are talking pitas! According to Wikipedia, a pita “is a round pocket bread widely consumed in many Middle Eastern, Mediterranean and Balkan cuisines. It is prevalent in Greece, the Balkans, the Levant, the Arabian Peninsula and Turkey.”

Pita bread is round, but puffs up when cooking due to the steam created while the bread is baking.  After the bread cools and flattens, the bread can be cut open to reveal a pocket in the middle, which is perfect for stuffing with any number of toppings.

At Tabbuli Grill, we love pitas and have a variety for our guests to choose from. And, whether you’ve never had a pita, or you’ve tried them several times, Tabbuli Grill has eight different pitas to try – including beef, lamb, shrimp, chicken, falafel, kofta, ‘you choose’ and a gyro pita.

Have you tried the hookah bar at Tabbuli Grill?

Did you know Tabbuli Grill features an authentic hookah bar? Maybe you haven’t tried it because it looks intimidating or you are unsure about it. Hookahs and shisha at Tabbuli GrillHere is an overview about hookahs and how they work.

The photo at the right shows some of the hookahs we have at Tabbuli Grill. Generally there is a jar at the bottom of the hookah that is filled with enough water to submerge a few centimeters of the body tube, which is sealed tightly to it. You do not want to overfill the jar  since it will increase the inhalation force needed to use it. Tobacco – or shisha – is placed inside the bowl at the top of the hookah and then a foil or charcoal screen with a burning charcoal is placed on top. In some countries, the bowl is covered with perforated tin foil or a metal screen to separate the coal and the shisha. This minimizes inhalation of any coal ash with the smoke. Adding the foil may reduce the temperature the tobacco is exposed to, preventing it from burning directly.

To smoke using a hookah you inhale through the mouthpiece at the end of the tube. The air is pulled through the charcoal and into the bowl holding the tobacco. The hot air heats, but does not burn the tobacco, and produces smoke. The smoke is passed down through the body tube that extends into the water in the jar and cools the smoke. The smoke bubbles up through the water, loses heat, and fills the top part of the jar. When a smoker inhales through the hose, smoke passes into the lungs, and the change in pressure in the jar pulls more air through the charcoal, continuing the process.

A typical hookah session lasts about 45 minutes and can be shared with another person, or a small group of friends. Tabbuli offers the following flavors of shisha to choose from: cherry, double apple, mint, strawberry, orange, grape, energy drink, plum, cappuccino, melon, watermelon, grape & mint cocktail, pineapple, honey, apricot, mango, coconut, peach and the Tabbuli special blend.

Want to give it a try? We offer hookah specials on Thursdays!

If you haven’t been to Tabbuli Grill yet – check out these reviews from our guests!

If you ask us, of course we will give rave reviews about our authentic Mediterranean food.  But – you don’t have to take our word for it – listen to what some of our clients have said about us:

“Excellent atmosphere and food – friendly service.” – E. Phillips

“Great place – will come back again!!!”  R.F.

“Love your patio!! Thanks for allowing our dog to visit and thanks for the big pail of water.” – H. Peacock

(If you didn’t already know, Tabbuli Grill is dog-friendly. Bring you best canine pal the next time you want to enjoy Tabbuli’s beautiful patio for lunch!)

“Great service. Good prices. Nice atmosphere. Food amazing.” – S.S.

“10 out of 10.” – D. George

“First time here and I absolutely loved my lamb kabob! I’ll definitely be back again very soon!” – K. Hawkins

“Add some swarma to your menu! Very wonderful – best baba ganoush I’ve ever had!” – J. Slicer

Tabbuli Grill announces 3 for $20 menu for Restaurant Week South Carolina

It’s January in South Carolina – know what that means? It’s time for the third annual Restaurant Week South Carolina! Tabbuli Grill and sister restaurant Toast! will be participating with 3 course menus for $20 per person. Here is your sneak peek at Tabbuli Grill’s menu for the eleven day event, which runs January 12 to January 22.

First course (choose one)

Hummusclassic hummus with tahini, lemon & garlic

Baba ghanoushroasted eggplant pureed with tahini, garlic and lemon

Tabbuli salad – a refreshing salad of Bulgur wheat, parsley, tomato, mint, lemon juice and olive oil

Second course (choose one) – served with Basmati rice, Jerusalem salad, and grilled vegetables

Braised lamb shank tender braised lamb shank in a rich stock, topped with gremolata

Shrimp kabob – local fresh shrimp marinated in olive oil, lemon juice, rosemary and spices

Chicken pita – Yogurt marinated chicken

Third course (choose one)

Baklava or chocolate mousse