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Aug 2, 2011 06:14 PM

Zaytinya - Recommended Dishes?

Returning to Zaytinya on a very short trip to DC, for a pre-museum lunch, before shipping out to Virginia for a wedding.

On the first visit to Zaytinya, we greatly enjoyed:
- Falafel: traditional chickpea fritters, tahini sauce
- Garides Me Anitho: shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon juice
- Bantijan Bil Laban: crispy eggplant, roasted garlic-yogurt sauce
- Arayes: grilled ground lamb and tahini stuffed pita, garlic yogurt

The only thing we didn't like was the Adana Kebab: skewered ground lamb, house made harissa,
grilled tomatoes, sumac, onions.

Any dishes we we shouldn't miss this time around? Spanakopita? Aglaia Kremezi style Crab Cakes? Crispy Brussel Afelia? Octopus Santorini?

701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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  1. Don't miss the Kibbeh Nayeh (raw meat), it's fanstastic. I get at least 2 orders every time I'm there.

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    1. I've also enjoyed the crispy eggplant and falafel. The brussels sprouts, asparagus (ladolemono, dill, sea sal) and roasted cauliflower are great. I can't recall what impression the roasted stuffed eggplant or zucchini fritters left. I want to say the latter was the better of the two. The pylaz was good, but didn't quite live up to my expectations.

      And finally remembered what we fought over: the seasonal mushrooms. Finally ended up ordering a second dish of those ...

      For sweets/desserts I've enjoyed the taluma with honeycomb and the apricot and yogurt dish.

      1. Both the Brussels sprouts and the apricot dessert are outstanding. If they have the roasted chick pea pods, do NOT pass them up!

        1. The apricot-yogurt dessert is a MUST.