The Mediterranean region is known for its contrasts: hot days with cool nights, big cities alongside rural towns, and shish kebabs overloaded with meat alongside meatless trees. Dig into dichotomies with today’s Groupon to Gemmayze in Royal Oak. Choose from the following options:
- For $32, you get a meal for two people (up to a $77 total value). Each meal includes:
- Three mezza appetizers (up to a $13 value each)
- One entree to split (up to a $26 value)
Two house drinks including sangria, cocktails, beer, wine, fresh juices, sodas, or coffee (up to a $6 value each)<p>
- For $62, you get a meal for four people (up to a $154 total value). Each meal includes:
- Six mezza appetizers (up to a $13 value each)
- Two entrees to split (up to a $26 value each)
Four house drinks (up to a $6 value each)<p>
- For $20, you get $40 worth of Lebanese cuisine and drinks on the menu. Entrees range from $17 to $26.<p>
Named for a bohemian neighborhood in Beirut, Gemmayze cooks hearty Lebanese fare in a rustic brick oven. Mezza appetizers, a well-known favorite due to their large portions, include meatless selections such as the foul mudammus, a plate of fava beans sautéed with lemon and garlic, or the lebanee, a Lebanese yogurt bedecked with fresh mint and olive oil. Meatier fare such as the grilled baby lamb chops sate protein cravings better than eating a tower of protein bars held together with peanut-butter mortar. Entrees such as shish kebabs spear marinated peppers and onions with meaty morsels such as beef tenderloin, chicken breast, or lamb. Like a celebrity chef hitting the town, the pan-seared salmon sports a coat of delectable special spices.
As guests eat in the faint purple glow of the moon on the patio or gaze at the modern sculptures that hang from the dining-room ceiling, they can sip lemonade, turkish coffee, or house-made sangria. The entrees do not include vegetarian selections, so meat-free gourmands can opt to customize their meals from the delectable arrays of veggie-friendly mezza or pizzas.
Gemmayze Lebanese Kitchen and Lounge
Cousins Elias Hajjar and Nicholas Aubrey take yearly trips back to Lebanon to visit their family, but they can eat authentic Lebanese cuisine without leaving the confines of their own restaurant. With Gemmayze, which is named after a bohemian neighborhood in Beirut, they "wanted to create not only a menu that exemplified what's happening in Beirut and Lebanon right now, but we wanted to re-create the atmosphere,” Hajjar said in a Detroit Metromix article. “So the colors on the walls and ceiling are light and very clean and refreshing, and the menu reflects that as well.”
Inside the multi-level dining room, dangling lights twist like a strand of DNA above tables topped with shareable plates of hummus, grape leaves, and kibbe nayee—minced raw meat with bulgur and spices. Each dish is made from scratch using recipes that date back generations. Nearby, decorative palm tree appliqués cling to windows and a large brushed metal frame displays a variety of vintage forks, which can only be wielded by the rightful ruler of England. After dinner, patrons can move into the lounge and perch atop comfy ottomans and banquettes swaddled in rich fabrics while sipping wine or a cocktail.
Downtown Royal Oak
310 S Main St.
Royal Oak, Michigan 48067