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Hooray for DC Hounds- A Zaytinya review

Mrspvr | Sep 7, 2005 09:56 AM

A great big THANK YOU! Your posts about Zaytinya led us there for dinner last night for my husband's birthday. In a word, Yahoo!!!

Ate so much food. Started with: Spinach pie with crab meat (A special), eggplant stuffed tomatoes, and lamb's leaf salad. The spinach was so fresh I looked under the plate to see if there were roots and soil. The filo dough was perfect. Not greasy.

The tomatoes were of the grape variety. I thought for some reason it would be one plum tomato with the lid cut off, but these delicious little nuggets came out halved and stuffed with the eggplant mixture that was good but left me wanting more eggplant in my eggplant mixture.

The salad had roasted beets in it. They were delicious and the micro green lamb's leaves were succulent and tasty.

We ordered a bottle of wine with the help of our server. Let me take a moment here to praise him. He was so impressive that I just mailed a letter to Zaytinya. His name was Resit. A charming, delightful man who was informed about the food he was serving, and the traditions of it's history.

Anyway, we then ordered three more dishes. Braised rabbit, braised lamb, and stuffed squab. All were very good but the standout was the lamb. Braised, then shredded and finally laying on top of an eggplant mixture that had a large dose of cheese pureed into it. HOLY TASTY! I swooned.

Of course had to have dessert. The Turkish Delight and Turkish Coffee Delight (the chocolate thing). Oh Boy...I just love when dessert is this good, don't you?

Resit helped me pick out a dessert wine. A very good suggestion. I can't remember what it is called (Can't remember what the bottle from dinner was called either.)

Husband had turkish coffee, I had sage tea. Loved the tea!! (We keep making cracks that I drank turkey stock.) Smells and tastes exactly like sage. Very earthy. Asked and received for one to take home. (tea freak)

Anyway, thank you for raving about this restaurant. We had the best evening we've had in weeks and weeks.

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