There was a time when I lived over in west Phoenix, or North Phoenix as I preferred to call it, that I would drive over to Arrowhead Mall and eat at Pita Jungle on a regular basis. Their food was always quick and service friendly, happy hour was perfecto and the atmosphere inviting. However, with the move to Central Phoenix, my circle of where I’ll drive to has changed and Arrowhead Mall has not been frequented for years. I’m happy to say that Central Phoenix has another great addition to the neighborhood, one that I’ve been to twice in the last two weeks, Pita Jungle. They still have that friendly service, delicious food and spectacular happy hour. I love the space too, open indoors and spacious patio outdoors.
My favorites are still there and were ready for me to revisit them and I got to try out a few new items as well. To start and sometimes as my main meal I would order the hummus with seared ahi tuna, it comes out with a curried sesame crust, pita and I get it with the regular hummus. The portion is nice, the ahi served medium rare and with a kick. One of the new dishes I tried this time around because I’m a cauliflower freak now is the caramelized cauliflower with garlic-cilantro-tahini sauce, caramelized onions and toasted pine nuts, a must try, in my opinion. I loved the flavor the cauliflower had and the onions gave it a nice texture to go with the intriguing sauce.
My husband can never pass up an opportunity to have pizza of any kind so glazed chicken lavosh pizza it was! The grilled all-natural chicken breast was marinated in honey dijon glaze and wood-fired onions, herbs, mozzarella, cheddar and feta mingled with the chicken on a nice thin lavosh crust. Pops of flavor in each bite. I decided to try something a little different the tikka masala, which quickly became the dish I ordered again the following week and also what my husband ordered too. The grilled marinated all-natural chicken breast baths in the coconut masala sauce, atop a bed of organic brown rice and sprinkled with sunflower sprouts for a burst of color.
Don’t skip dessert! We had the carrot cake and the chocolate dipped walnut baklawa. Although hard to choose, I really enjoyed the baklawa with the crisp layers of pastry dough encased in that cold chocolate coating. For locations and other details, head over to their website at: http://www.pitajungle.com/