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Zaytinya - Recommended Dishes?

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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?

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Zaytinya
701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

  1. brooke Aug 10, 2011 05:25 AM

    We went there recently and enjoyed everything we ordered :)
    https://plus.google.com/photos/103634...

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      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!

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      Zaytinya
      701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

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        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?

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          Zaytinya
          701 9th St NW, Washington, DC 20001

          Graffiato
          707 6th Street NW, Washington, DC 20001

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          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!

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                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.

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                  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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                    mselectra Aug 7, 2011 10:39 AM

                    I wanted to second this rec.

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