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5 Must-Try Dishes at Zaytinya


February 3rd, 2016

5 Must-Try Dishes at Zaytinya

One of the most critically-acclaimed restaurants near the Capitol Hill Hotel, Zaytinya* is the brainchild famed restaurateur José Andrés. It could take diners weeks to try all of the items on the airy restaurant’s mezze-centric menu, so we’ve highlighted the five dishes you need to try.

Wheatberry Kisir

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 3.19.36 PM image @zatinyadc Comes with: heirloom Einkorn wheatberry salad, kabocha squash puree, brassicas, pomegranate seeds, sesame What it’s like: A sesame flatbread with the warm, hardened crust of a pretzel and a light, crunchy vegetable medley laid on top. The puree brings a sweetness to the otherwise hearty dish.

Shish Taouk

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 3.20.25 PM image @zatinyadc Comes with: grilled chicken skewer, sumac onions, garlic tourn, grilled tomatoes What it’s like: This upscale take on a classic Greek dish is carried out to perfection with crispy, tender grilled chicken paired with charred veggies.

Harissa Sirloin

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 3.20.54 PM image @zatinyadc Comes with: Moroccan chile paste, carrot, yogurt What it’s like: As it should be, the focal point of this dish is the rare steak brought to life through a zesty and explosive chili paste. Dip each bite in yogurt to neutralize the spice and add some creamy tartness

Shellfish Quwarmah

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 3.21.35 PM image @zatinyadc Comes with: Persian jeweled rice, pistachio, baharat spiced labne, heirloom lettuces What it’s like: Scallops and shrimp balance out with aromatic rice and labneh, a thick and creamy yogurt mixed in with it all.

Turkish Delight

Screen Shot 2016-02-03 at 3.23.04 PM image @zatinyadc Comes with: walnut ice cream, yogurt mousse, honey gelée, orange-caramel sauce, caramelized pine nuts What it’s like: Visually reminiscent of a peach cobbler, this dessert brings elements of sweet, nutty, citrus and chocolate all together in one bite. *Zaytinya is just two miles from the Capitol Hill Hotel, an easy, ten-minute drive.

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