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Zaytinya - Recommended Dishes?

kathryn Aug 2, 2011 06:14 PM

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

  1. brooke Aug 10, 2011 05:25 AM

    We went there recently and enjoyed everything we ordered :)

    1. j
      JAC13 Aug 3, 2011 08:15 PM

      It's not on the menu, but whenever I go to Zaytinya, I always order this beef-stuffed pasta dish, which they serve with roasted garlic-yogurt and paprika butter. I am blanking on what it is called, but they always seem to have it in house for people in the know, and it is absolutely delicious! I also never miss their tzatziki, which is my favorite version of the dip anywhere!

      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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      1. re: JAC13
        daves_32 Aug 4, 2011 05:25 AM

        piling on to JAC13 about tzatziki, I second that. I would also recommend you do the dip trio with your favorite dips. i usually do the tzatziki, baba ghannosh, and hummus.

        1. re: JAC13
          huiray Aug 9, 2011 07:57 AM

          Not specifically directed to JAC13, but - who's the exec chef or chef de cuisine there now?

          Does Mike Isabella ever drop by or have any contact with Zaytinya nowadays - especially since Graffiato is now open?

          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

        2. k
          kathryn Aug 3, 2011 10:15 AM

          Thanks, all.

          1. Bob W Aug 3, 2011 08:57 AM

            The apricot-yogurt dessert is a MUST.

            1. pikawicca Aug 3, 2011 07:40 AM

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

              1. o
                odkaty Aug 3, 2011 07:37 AM

                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. b
                  Bart Hound Aug 3, 2011 06:58 AM

                  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. re: Bart Hound
                    mselectra Aug 7, 2011 10:39 AM

                    I wanted to second this rec.

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