With its colorful, mosaic-style Turkish plates suspended on the wall, gilded evil-eye talismans, and ornate iron chandeliers with golden leaves hanging from wooden rafters, Agora Mediterranean Kitchen makes diners feel as if they’re sitting in a Turkish eatery on the shores of the Mediterranean. It further impresses with brightly colored murals and bold patterned rugs spread under certain tables.
The food also captures the spirit of Turkey with its selection of cold and hot mezes, such as falafel and hummus, and its grilled entrees, such as doner kebab—a dish made of roasted meat that is commonly found at fast-food stands in Europe. Those who want to take a bit of Turkey home with them no longer have to go to the library to tear it out of the atlas; instead, they can choose from an assortment of to-go teas, coffees, and snacks.
Spicy tuna steak with kiwi-papaya salsa, grilled-watermelon salad, cheese-stuffed pork chops, and pan-seared spicy scallops are just a few of the continental delights at Table 427. Executed by chef-owner Roberto Villegas-Bravo, the menu rotates frequently to capture the best seasonal offerings. Complementing the meals at the cozy eatery, an exclusive wine selection is available by the glass or bottle.
The cooks at DD's Chicken and Seafood consistently work to achieve two main objectives: serving up delectable fried meals and abiding by halal standards. Successfully meeting these lofty goals, they prep poultry in an exhaustive list of variants, from chicken legs, wings, and sandwiches to nuggets and fried gizzards, all of which become combo meals when paired with fries and a drink. They also whip up a selection of seafood, including fillets of catfish and tilapia alongside fried shrimp and conch fritters. For an alternative to fries, they prepare sides such as fried okra and samosas. The venue only allows for take-out, as it has no seating, much like airplanes before the chair lobbyists had their way.
To craft their gourmet pies, the cooks at Pizza Allora rely on a fundamental process: hand toss the dough into a thin crust, layer it with a signature sauce and fine mozzarella cheese, then cook it to crispy perfection. From there, diners can go the simple route and accept that simple, three-step pie as is, or make things a bit more complex by selecting from the lineup of more than 25 toppings or by completing a Rubik’s Cube before each bite. Pizza Allora’s traditional and gourmet pies aren’t the menu’s only tenants, though—the cooks offer up other Italian specialties, including deli sandwiches and pastas.
Aromas of roasted garlic and basil waft from the warm ovens at Cafe Centro as chefs prepare a menu of Northern Italian seafood specialties. Beneath the dining area's rustic timber ceiling, servers deliver plates of fettuccine crowned with lobster and brandy cream sauce or fillets of grilled salmon, yellowtail snapper, and branzino. Other dishes include crusty calzones with soft, melting interiors and housemade desserts such as tiramisu. Wrought-iron chandeliers cast a warm glow over racks of bottles filled with fine wines and rolled parchment notes from the pirate who lives in the cellar.