Zorba's Bonita Springs
We returned to Florida and headed to our favorite Greek restaurant, Zorba’s in Bonita Springs, to find they had done an extensive renovation. The place looks great with new columns, modern blackened ceiling, and contemporary lighting. They have also brought in a new, cutting edge chef who has kept many of their standards but also created some contemporary Greek dishes.
Zorba’s has always had a good taramosalata, Greek salad, and avgolemono soup. I love their grilled octopus, which is very tender without the rubbery texture that you so often find. Their version of a seafood stew, Orzo Me Thalasinam, is overflowing with a variety of perfectly cooked shellfish and seafood in a spicy ouzo tomato broth. Delicious! Other interesting new dishes on the menu are short ribs, grilled salmon with lobster risotto, strip steak saganaki, and an interesting cod dish called bakaliaros skordalia.
This is a family owned restaurant with a warm atmosphere and friendly, attentive service. Food and wine prices are moderate. They have entertainment on weekends, including belly dancing, creating a fun atmosphere. Zorba’s has been around for a number of years, but this old dog has learned some new tricks.
Looking for a fun and entertaining way to spend an evening in Bonita Springs? Try Zorba's on a Friday or Saturday night when they have belly dancing. We went back on a Friday night and the place was packed with locals. The 2 belly dancers moved up and down the aisles and danced in the bar. One even did a number while balancing a 3 foot sword on her head.
This time we tried Marithes, which are lightly pan-fried smelts and the grilled octopus. We enjoyed both.
We sampled 2 different entrees. Greek chicken was moist with the taste of Greek herbs served with wonderful lemony potatoes. The star was the oven roasted black cod with skordalia potatoes and citrus beurre blanc. The cod was perfectly cooked medium rare and tasted fresh from the sea.
Dessert was a contemporary Greek creation by chef Chris Degenova-lemon goat cheese cake with wild berry sauce and meringue. Unlike American style cheesecake, this version is light and refreshing and a satisfying end to a great evening.
I have been going to Zorba's for many years. I ordered take out last night for the first time since the renovation. It does look great but the food has declined. I was very disappointed. The small plate Mezedakia (meatballs) were bland and greasy and the tzatzki was missing the greek salad quality has changed and the dressing has also changed.It saddens me I no longer have a good Greek restaurant to enjoy. I
don't care for the "new tricks"! They are tricky!
Haven't been for dinner yet but todays' lunch was excellent. Just a small greek salad and spankopita. Very crisp phyllo wrapping spinach, feta and fresh dill.
The sala dculd not have been crisper or more fresh.
The specials sounded amazing. I look forward to going here for dinner soon. Thanks RA.
The greek offerings in Fort Misery are appalling. LMF