What You'll Get
The Mediterranean Sea shaped some of the world's most ancient civilizations, which gathered by its shores to dive for the delicious goat cheese, sundried tomatoes, and phyllo growing beneath its crystal waves. Transport to this legendary culinary coast with today's Groupon to Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant located on historic Richmond Row. Choose from the following options:
- For $15, you get $30 worth of lunch fare.
- For $25, you get $60 worth of dinner fare from Sunday through Thursday.
- For $25, you get $50 worth of dinner fare on Friday and Saturday.
Aroma whisks Londoners with a taste for the exotic to Europe's Mediterranean coast with a savoury crew of lunch, dinner, and tapas dishes. Owner and Portuguese expat Felipe Gomes imports fresh fish and bootleg sunshine caught off the Iberian coast, peppering the menu with such personal favourites as the calamari tubes ($14.75), stuffed with chorizo and topped with Andalouse sauce. Diners may continue their culinary trek with Bitoque ($17.95 dinner, $13 lunch), a Portuguese-style steak topped with an egg, or Iberian-style seafood rice ($25.95) festooned with shrimp, scallops, octopus, mussels, and calamari. Suitable for herbivores, the roasted vegetable strudel ($19.95 dinner, $12 lunch) encapsulates grilled eggplant, zucchini, wild mushrooms, fresh herbs, and goat cheese in a phyllo crust emblazoned with passages from Don Quixote.
The open-courtyard dining area channels the breezy, sociable feel of a Mediterranean café patio, rising from a floor of rustic terra cotta tiles along exposed brick walls and culminating in a vaulted ceiling. Though this Groupon is not valid for alcohol, patrons craving coziness may opt to dine in the Adega Lounge wine cellar, an intimate environ adorned with original walnut beams and Near Eastern artifacts such as amphorae and extraterrestrial pyramid blueprints. Live music on the weekends highlights the seductive rhythms of Spanish guitar, jazz, and Flamenco.
The Fine Print
Promotional value expires Aug 4, 2011. Amount paid never expires. Limit 1 per person, may buy 2 additional as gifts. Limit 1 per table. Limit 1 per visit. Valid only for option purchased. Reservation required. Not valid for the purchase of alcohol. Must purchase 1 food item. Dine-in only. Merchant is solely responsible to purchasers for the care and quality of the advertised goods and services.
About Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant
As Felipe Gomes's restaurant was being built, he happened across a boarded-up room downstairs. Though the 600-square-foot room, dusty with a half-century of disuse, contained only boxes of aged financial records, Felipe instantly saw the space's potential. The drywall and plaster were torn down to reveal yellow-brick walls and walnut beams, which became the foundation for Aroma Mediterranean Restaurant's wine cellar. Now the space is fully remodelled; beyond a doorway entangled with grapevines, a vault built into the floor displays 220 bottles of wine visible through heavy-tempered glass. Nearly 100 more bottles of wine shelved along the walls vie for tasters' attentions with flashy magic tricks and labels boasting various international origins.
Diners sift through a menu equally inspired by international flavours. Portuguese, Spanish, Italian, and French recipes transform fresh seafood, lamb, and steak into entrees steeped in inventive sauces. Servers can deliver meals in a courtyard-esque dining room or a private room where video conferencing enables patrons to dine with family or etiquette instructors halfway around the world. Guests can also learn to re-create their meal at home by visiting the eatery's on-site cooking studio, whose classes demonstrate the art of the four-course meal.