Zaytinya – DC

José Andrés, über-chef and restaurateur has yet another major hit on his hands with Zaytinya–the D.C. restaurant that pays expceptional homage to Turkish, Greek, and Lebanese cuisine.

My friend and I had about ten small dishes between the two of us and they were all executed perfectly.  To kick things off, we started with a trio of spreads–baba ghanouj (which can sometimes be a bitter turn-off, was impeccably done), traditional Greek tzatziki, and a spicy hummus.  The crispy brussel sprouts were delectable and they sat on a bed of creamy Greek yogurt.  The scallops we ordered were perfectly seared and had a sweet pleasant taste almost overshadowed by the garlic-infused Greek yogurt underneath. The spanikopita and briny dolmades were awesome as well.  If you have room, definitely try the Turkish Delight which also comes in a mezze portion.
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While the food may not be what your yia-yia makes for Sunday dinner, it comes damn close.
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Note:  Mike Isabella, of Top Chef notoriety, used to be the Executive Chef at Zaytinya until he recently left to open his own restaurant (Graffiato).
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Zaytinya
701 9th Street Northwest
Washington, DC
(202) 638-0800
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