Zaytinya DC

Lemon Maximus Skyy citrus vodka, limoncello, fresh lemon juice
Hommus puree of chickpeas, garlic, tahini
Baba Ghannouge fire-roasted eggplant, tahini, lemon, garlic (far)
greek olive oil drizzled w/ pomegranate molasses & house made pita bread

Garides Me Anitho sauteed shrimp, dill, shallots, mustard, lemon juice
Kotopoulo Youvetsi chicken, orzo, tomato, kefalograviera cheese

Sea Scallops seared scallops, yogurt-dill sauce

Spanakopita house made phyllo, spinach, feta cheese

Turkish Delight walnut icecream, yogurt mousse, honey gelee, orange-caramel sauce, caramelized pine nuts

Greek Yogurt & Apricots muscat soaked apricots, vanilla yogurt cream, apricot sorbet, pistachio powder

Zaytinya offers various small plates (mezze) of Greek, Lebanese & Turkish cuisine… above, pictures of our selections.  everything was delicious!  i was pretty full by the second plate (its hard to lay off the bread & hommus when its so good!)  mom had the seafood & loved it.  my “chicken&rice” was warm & comforting.  kind of reminded me of west africa’s jallof rice or a spanish rice — i think due to the tomato.  the chicken, very tender, and the cheese was a nice touch.  my third plate i thought “now this is an interesting way to serve spanakopita” .. ive had it in a triangular phyllo wrapper, or baked like a casserole, cut into squares, but never in this “egg roll” shape.  i enjoyed it.  the desserts were also very interesting… very different flavors.  i dont know the last time ive had apricot .. & walnut ice cream wouldnt be my first choice flavor; however, both were quite tasty!

perfect for office lunches, sunday brunches, dinner parties, happy hours, first dates & families (w/ children).  our reservation was for sunday afternoon, so it wasnt too crowded or noisy, but had a good stream of business throughout our visit.  the staff was very pleasant, and (my favorite –) very attentive.  they have upstairs and downstairs dining, as well as bar seating.

plates range from $6-11 & the average person should find 3-4 plates filling.  drinks were reasonably priced as well.  we didnt try any wine this visit, but we will next time.  they offer a pretty good selection featuring wines from the mediterranean.

all in all, it was a fun experience.  i plan on returning with a friend or two.  maybe for a happy hour or brunch (:

(images via mobile upload) for menu & more information

701 9th Street NW
Washington DC 20001
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