The outside of the restaurant (as well as the inside) was very artistic. Thank goodness the interior matched the exterior's appeal, it would have been a disappointment if the food was poor.
Our reservation was at 6, but we decided to get there at 5 for their "Mezza Ora." We each got a Pom Fili (white wine, vodka and pomegranate) for $4...wow, packs quite a punch. although, you couldn't tell while drinking it, just the after affects.I also tried the red wine they have for $4, Agiorgitiko, Hercules, Nemea '09. This was not bad-in between dry and sweet, good for the price :)
For restaurant week, Zaytinya offers 4 courses (with 4 options for each course! I love choices) and a dessert with 2 choices for $35.11.
To begin our meal they brought out pita bread and olive oil with pomegranate vinegar in the middle. I have never had a fruit/olive oil combo and I really liked it-packed a nice zing with every dip. The pita, however, was just average.
Fattoush (tomato, cucumber, red onion, green pepper, radish, pita chips, pomegranate vinegar dressing): different than other versions of this salad that I have had. I thought that the chunks of veggies were a little big for my personal tastes, the onions in particular, but overall the flavors meshed really well.
Grape-Leaves Dolmades (grape leaves, rice, fennel, tomato, pine nuts, raisins, lamdeh) This is one of my favorite dishes, and I was pleasantly surprised. Many restaurants I order this from serve the grape leaves too briney, but these were just perfect and the dipping sauce on the side was a perfect addition.
Falafel (chickpeas, tahini): Very tasty but I would have liked to have a little more tahini to dip or a yogurt sauce
Garides Me Anitho (shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon): Sauce was amazing, I loved dipping the pita in the sauce. C said this dish was delicious and the waiter said it was his favorite thing on the menu (I don't eat shrimp)
Bantijan Bil Laban (eggplant, garlic yogurt sauce): Heaven on earth, I don't know if eggplant can melt in your mouth but it sure felt like it. This is one of the dishes that would bring me back to this place in a heartbeat. The garlic yogurt sauce was equally amazing.
Keftedes Kapama (beef and lamb, feta, tomarot, cinnamon, allspice): Tender meatballs, very tasteful.
Adana Kebab (lamb, tomatoes, onions): Salt overload, I would almost compare it to swallowing a mouthful of ocean water...I couldnt even finish this dish.
Kotopoulo Youvetsi (chicken, orzo, tomato, kefalograviera cheese): This was ok, probably would have liked it better if it was not so similar to the chicken dish C had for her Third Course.
Greek Yogurt and Apricots (apricots, yogurt, sorbet, pistachio): Good, but I wish I ordered the Turkish Delight. Loved the pistachio addition.
Turkish Delight (walnut icecream, goats milk mousse, honey gelee): Very good, C thoroughly enjoyed it.
Overall this was a great dining experience.
Great Mezza Ora prices, I will be back for that update...no more Mezza Ora :(. I also will be stopping by here to eat some of their delicious dishes-mainly their wonderful Eggplant dish I can't stop thinking about. I was a little disappointed by the 4th course, my lamb dish was not edible due to the salt intake- a real let down after the first 3 courses.
701 9th St NW
701 9th St NW