Bistros manage to be both fancy and casual at the same time, much like Mr. Peanut at a drag race. Experience the best of both worlds with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $35 worth of Mediterranean fare and wine at Mona’s Bistro & Lounge in Greenlake.
Mona’s Bistro, set amid hardwood accents and scarlet walls, crafts a menu inspired by Mediterranean cuisine. Small plates ready palates for gustatory revelry with items such as house-made sweet sausage sliders decorated with basil pesto, caramelized onions, and cilantro crème ($12) or warm pita served with hummus, tzatziki, spiced feta, and olives ($10). Strike back against the eye-hitting antics of pizza pies with the sautéed mushroom, garlic, and fontina pizza ($9) or get fresh with a roasted red-beet salad, accompanied by spring greens, candied walnuts, chèvre, sherry vinaigrette, and a pomegranate glaze ($7–$10). Migrate to large plates with the braised pork shoulder, served with pancetta-sautéed brussel sprouts, garlic mashed potatoes, and a balsamic demi-glace ($20), risotto with black tiger prawns, brussel sprouts, and a sweet balsamic finish ($20), or a locally sourced New York–style steak with grilled vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, and sherry demi-glace ($25).
Mona's Bistro & Lounge
Mona's Bistro & Lounge pays homage to the changing of the seasons with a carefully crafted menu of flavors from continental Europe using fresh, locally sourced ingredients. Inside the kitchen, chefs kick off meals with a selection of small plates bearing grilled brie with apricots, pistachios, and balsamic or truffle frites with dijon aioli. Braised short ribs with yukon gold mashed potatoes and lobster ravioli with lemon-saffron sauce shine beneath overhanging pendant lights that also cast a glow on wooden racks housing wines from France, Italy, Spain, Narnia, and California. Scoops of seasonal sorbet and ice cream finish off meals alongside craft cocktails and the dulcet tones of live music Wednesday through Saturday.