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Norma’s Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine

Get your fill of all the Mediterranean staples, including hummus, baba ganouj, tabouli and falafel.

Norma’s Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine
Barclay Farms Shopping Center, 145 Route 70 East
Cherry Hill

Hours: Mon-Thur, 11 am–9 pm; Fri-Sat, 11 am–10 pm; Sun, noon–9 pm

Price: $$

Style: Sparkly garnet paint covers the walls and reflects off the polished laminate tables. Family-owned Norma’s draws a business crowd at lunch; families and medical students from Cooper Medical School of Rowan University at night.

Don’t Miss: The Maza combo covers the major staples (hummus, baba ganouj, tabouli, stuffed grape leaves, marinated feta, and kibbi, which are cracked-wheat pockets stuffed with ground beef) and adds lamb, chicken and kafta kabobs over rice pilaf ($30). The platter easily satisfies two and provides tasty leftovers for one. There are always four soups on offer, including a creamy cold cucumber yogurt made with house-made yogurt, garlic and mint ($4 cup, $5.50 bowl). Lebanese falafel combines the main ingredients of Egyptian and Israeli versions (fava beans and chickpeas, respectively) and comes grilled or fried as a six-piece appetizer ($7.50), sandwich ($6.50), or in a vegetarian platter with stuffed grape leaves, hummus, tabouli and tahini ($14). Co-owner Elias Bitar labels gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan items on the menu and offers moussaka ($19) and shwarma ($16) in vegan as well as traditional meat versions. A kids’ menu offers burgers and fries, chicken nuggets, and the Lil’ Veggie, a platter of falafel, hummus, tahini and pita.

Heads Up: The Bitar family runs a diminutive market in back of the restaurant, where you can shop for oils, grape leaves, Middle Eastern desserts, candies, and an array of pomegranate jellies.

The Scoop: Lebanese immigrant Norma Bitar runs the restaurant with two of her three children. Their menu draws influences mainly from Lebanon and Morocco. The family also owns CousCous, a Moroccan dining room and hookah lounge next door that features popular items from Norma’s menu.

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Restaurant Details

  • Cuisine Type:
    African - Middle Eastern - Moroccan
  • Price Range:
  • Norma’s Eastern Mediterranean Cuisine
    145 Route 70 East
    Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
  • Hours:
    Mon. - Thur., 11 am to 9 pm; Fri. & Sat., 11 am - 10 pm; Sun., 4:30 pm to 9 pm
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