Mediterranean cuisine is renowned for the way its rich ingredients inspire innovative food-fighting techniques. Skillfully execute the Kebab Eye Jab or the Hummus Humdinger with today’s Groupon: for $20, you get $40 worth of Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and drinks at Aqualis Grill in Brooklyn.
Aqualis serves up eclectic lunch and dinner dishes focused on Mediterranean flavors, and everything is prepared using fresh, local ingredients. Experienced chef John Tsakinas visits fish markets every morning, using a fisheye lens to scope the plumpest cod, softest scallops, and saltiest salmon for his creations. Lunchers can avail themselves of Tsakinas's expertise with a salmon burger moisturized in a yogurt-cucumber spread and served with a mixed-greens salad ($12), or opt for the veggie frittata, an egg dish textured with mixed vegetables and gruyere cheese ($10). Evening eaters may enjoy an appetizer of olive-oiled octopus with capers and red-wine vinegar ($11), which flows into a succulent lamb-chop entree backed by a chorus of hand-cut fries ($22). Gobble the delicious fare while sitting amid the softly illuminated brick walls, dark wood furnishings, and antique accents that characterize the aesthetic at Aqualis.