Dinosaurs used to ingest rocks, an adaptive response to help digest the primitive Pre-Cambrian cuisine available at the time. Today's deal is much easier on modern stomachs: for $20, you get $45 worth of Mediterranean cuisine and drinks at Maroosh. The delicious dishes, fine wines, and excellent service at this elegant Coral Gables establishment recently translated into Best of Citysearch honors. Use your Groupon for lunch, dinner, or the Aztec middle-meal known as linnerunch. During weekends, reservations are required and valet parking is provided.
Maroosh features an ergonomic menu designed to promote comfort and postpone feasting fatigue. While you peruse the succulent lineup, enjoy the tasteful entertainment of belly dancers floating through the restaurant like welcome apparitions. Kick off your feast with a platter of fried white cheese ($6.95) or freshly prepped baba ghannouj ($5.95). Pass the plates to pass the time while you wait for your swiftly but carefully made-to-order main course. Equip your arm-feet with a pair of succulent skewers of lamb ($20.95) or beef ($18.95) kabobs. Or trade skewers for a knife and fork by ordering up the pepper steak ($24.95) or highly regarded rack of lamb ($26.95) Non-meat-eaters can reach for the vegetable curry (peas, carrots, and potatoes mixed with curry and spices, $13.95) or baked mousaka (sautéed eggplant topped with a mixture of tomatoes and chick peas, $15.95). Stop in for lunch for a variety of light meals such as falafel ($5.95), gyros ($6.95), and kebab specialties ($8.95–$10.95).
Pepper some exquisite wines or champagne into your meal to stimulate and lubricate conversation. Order by the glass ($7–$10) or series of bottled-up glasses ($25–$120). Maroosh also offers a wide range of beers and non-alcoholic beverages such as bottled water, coffee, sodas, and the traditional yran yogurt drink. Sip from the succulent moat surrounding a stocked castle of cuisine filled with fresh eats and belly-dancing maidens.
- Lamb is a star here: An entrée of lamb medallions ($16.95) is thinly sliced boneless loin of lamb, grilled to order and topped with tomato, onion and green pepper, with rice and carrots, as well. Meaty and tender. – Miami Herald
- The baklava is a must-have for dessert. It's a great rendition — light and flaky pastry, lots of honey-bound walnuts, sweet but not insipid, elegant rather than homey. This dish alone shows why Maroosh is always so crowded. – Bill Citara, Miami New Times
- The service is quick, friendly, and attentive. I've never been dissatisfied. The food comes out fresh and hot. The bread is served warm and the salads cool and crisp. – southbeachqueen, Citysearch
Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant
There's a reason CBS Miami hails Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant as one of the area's Top Spots for Middle Eastern Food—in fact, there are many. First and foremost is the food: everything from Lebanese and Armenian sausages to charcoal-grilled skewers of lamb and crispy falafel with sides of tahini. The chefs go the extra mile to make the meals as authentic as possible, too, pairing dishes with sides of homemade yogurt and topping their basmati rice with roasted almonds.
Yet when recreating the Middle East, Maroosh Mediterranean Restaurant doesn't just stop with the cuisine. The dining room's vibrant collection of pan-Mediterranean accents includes bright red and purple fabrics hanging from the ceiling, an ornate metal chandelier, and framed paintings of musicians and belly dancers. Those paintings even echo reality—the eatery invites belly dancers to perform for private parties, where they mesmerize families and re-inspire chiropractors who've lost their passion.