During the course of the conversation, Tabrizi appeared to be a very laid-back guy, but serious about his culture and bringing good food to the table. One of the things that Tabrizi said that truly struck me was this: "The main ingredient is loving food. If you want to push plates, you will just be one of the many." Hmmh, I like where this interview is going! The restaurant serves a combination of cuisines, from Greek to Moroccan to French to Lebanese. For him the cuisine is also very personal because it represents the type of food he grew up on, including foods made with lots of grains and olive oil—mostly grilled and baked.
Pork-lovers, bring an appetite for beef, poultry, fish or lamb because you won't find pork on Tabrizi's menu. However, vegans will be delightfully served with the restaurant's Quintet platter, which features: Two-Hummus, Baba Ghanouj, Falafel, Tabbouleh and Grilled Stuffed Grape Leaves. Don't worry meat-lovers you are not out in the cold, try the highly recommended lamburghini, a burger made with beef and lamb served a whole wheat wrap with hummus, garden vegetables, fresh mint and fries. According Chef Tabrizi, the lamburghini has gotten quite the reputation with guests coming all the way from D.C. and yonder to taste the tender and juicy burger. If fish is more your speed then another favorite at the restaurant is the Chilean Sea Bass. It is encrusted with sesame seeds, served over Indian harvest grains and served with asparagus and rosemary beurre blanc.
Tabrizi, who is originally from Israel, opened the first Tabrizi's, located in Federal Hill, back in 1990. After closing the restaurant, he went to Europe and had the "a-ha moment" of realization that this was really what he wanted to do with his life. So he came back and then re-opened in the new location, just in the shadow of the Harborview Tower, in 2007.
Since then Chef Tabrizi has not only made great strides in putting the restaurant on the map as an eclectic dining choice in Baltimore's bustling restaurant scene, but Tabrizi's is also fast becoming a top choice of venues for wedding receptions. This is no accidental happening, and he's not just whistling dixie, Tabrizi is putting on a concerted effort, confiding "I’d like to see myself as the number one wedding venue in Baltimore." What? You thought Four Seasons was the only game in town? Michael Tabrizi feels that his services are just good enough to eventually warrant that honor. (Read the rest of this article on Examiner.com)