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If bubbling shrimp saganaki makes you melt, or you’re tempted by the sound of luscious grilled octopus in ink with fava-bean puree, then today’s Groupon for half off at Mourayo is for you. For just $20, this deal gets you $40 of Greek cuisine at the Washington Post Editor’s Pick and one of the Washingtonian’s Top 100 Restaurants.
Located in Dupont Circle at 1732 Connecticut Ave., NW, Mourayo is heaven for people who firmly believe heaven smells like bubbling saganaki and grilled octopus. The food is traditional Greek with a modern twist. Think truffle sauces, octopus-ink art, and novel combinations like a salted cod fillet sautéed with sun-dried tomatoes and potato skordalia or the Pythagoras Theorema (pork lion with figs, almonds, cheese, and honey). They also serve delectable desserts such as homemade ravani cake with rose petals in a wine sauce. Check out the full menu to see the whole array of Greek-inspired concoctions.
The atmosphere is intimate (the place is small, so make reservations). The blue and white color scheme, portholes, sailor-costumed waiters, and steam-powered whaling harpoon complete Mourayo’s nautical theme. You’ll feel almost like you’re aboard S.S. Greek Ship, sailing the Mediterranean as Captain Greek Man serves up the freshest catch.
The Washington Times raves about the Greek delights at Mourayo: > * This is not the usual run-of-the-mill Greek cuisine. Mourayo is about grilled fresh fish, wonderfully moist and fragrant with herbs; unusual seafood dishes; and several excellent meats.
Customer reviews say the place is great, too. On UrbanSpoon, 81% of users say they like Mourayo: > * The food and service was exceptional, the menu was unique and offered dishes from octopus- grilled and salt incrusted fish to pork loin medallions with figs and manouri cheese. The servers were very educated on the menu and they listened to all of our questions. – joe mangest
Reviewers on the Washington City Paper’s Restaurant Rater give it four out of five sporks: > * This is a spot very much worth checking out with fantastic food, wine, and service. I’m not even a fan of crab meat, or scallops but this place had me asking for seconds. The pita bread is also quite good, always the first indicator of a good spot. – Good Eats
Indicators of a Good Greek Restaurant Besides Good Pita Bread
While most people base their choice of Greek restaurant on the quality of complimentary pita bread, there are many other telltale signs of an excellent Greek establishment:
- The bubbling saganaki maintains the perfect balance between bubble and saganaki.
- Your napkin is artfully folded to resemble a Greek swan giving birth to adorable Greek swan babies.
- Servers perform magic tricks taken from famous Greek magician David Copperfield.
- Houses a sheep-room that doubles as both a means of producing delicious, fresh feta cheese and a full-service petting zoo.