I had lunch at few week-old Zaytinya and thought I'd share my expereince. They serve greek, lebanese, and turkish food, meze-sytle, lots of little plates.
The restaurant is beautiful: floor to ceiling windows, polished wood,a bar tucked away on the inside wall and a fireplace in one corner. (located in the new Pepco building at 701 9th street)
We went for lunch and started with the warm pita that comes to the table in a mild taramasolata. The iced tea is delicious, flavored with rosewater and apricot.
We ordered four plates: greenbeans with a cinnamon flavored sauce, rabbit with lentils, mussels with walnut tarator sauce, and shrimp saganaki (in tomato and feta). While the dishes are classic, their presentation is contemporary. Like most meze style restaurants, all the dishes were good, but one stood out. The mussels were excellent.
The two women next to us liked their lamb very much, and raved about a dessert of vanilla ice cream doused in turkish coffee.
This is a very chic approach to traditional food. And also, like many meze or tapas places, the bill adds up fast. The dishes vary from about $4 to $8. Regular meals are available as well.
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