24301 Muirlands Blvd.
Lake Forest, CA 92630
Barbonzai is a Middle Eastern restaurant in Lake Forest. The freshly baked bread becomes the base for everything: the “flatbreadz” are really manakeesh, and while there’s an Americanized version of the pizza-like flabread with egg and bacon, Barbonzai doesn’t shy away from the Levant—the zaatar is spiced just right, and the cheese blend includes not only mozzarella, but also akawi and kaval, traditional Lebanese fromages that lend a gorgeous tang. The pita also stars in the wraps, shaped like burritos but strictly traditional: zaatar, labneh or halloumi, a creamy Cypriot cheese you barely see in Little Arabia, let alone Lake Forest.

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