Eating international fare locally eliminates the woes associated with transatlantic travel, such as jet lag and oar splinters. Stamp your palate’s passport with today’s Groupon to Pasha Taverna and Lounge. Choose between the following options:
- For $12, you get $25 worth of Mediterranean fare, drinks, and hookah for two.
- For $22, you get $50 worth of Mediterranean fare, drinks, and hookah for four.<p>
The chefs at Pasha Taverna and Lounge prepare a menu rich in the flavors of North Africa, Morocco, and the Mediterranean. The friendly wait staff emerges from the kitchen toting flatbread-centric dishes, such as the merguez pita ($8.99), an unleavened flour disk brimming with moroccan sausages and accompanied by sides of rice and international frisbee-team endorsements. Shrimp kabobs ($14.99) skewer seasoned and grilled tiger shrimp and the chicken tagine ($12.99) corrals tender poultry morsels marinated in saffron sauce, moroccan olives, and spices. The couscous royal infuses mouths with the flavors of chicken, beef, merguez, and mixed vegetables, much like an ordinary bag of jellybeans. Steaming cups of moroccan tea then work to cleanse the palate for moscato wine ($5/glass) and bottled beer as the scents of molasses waft from tableside hookahs ($15).
Open until 2 a.m. Thursday–Saturday, diners can gaze at the gyrations of live belly dancers while lubricating their aural passageways with the smooth arias of Arabic vocalists. Dark-wood furnishings lend an air of elegance to the dining space as silk-beaded pillows and ornate hookah lamps add authenticity to the Mediterranean ambiance.
Pasha Taverna & Lounge
MyCityEats' 2012 pick for Best Middle Eastern Restaurant in Orlando, Pasha Taverna & Lounge seamlessly blends Moroccan and Mediterranean cuisines, serving seasoned tender kebabs alongside plates of stuffed grape leaves and falafel. Hearty fish and lamb-shank tagines arrive in decorative conical dishes with plenty of moroccan bread to soak up the sauce. Sweet, subtle desserts conclude feasts with flaky baklava or the Athenian Chocolate-Lover's Dream, which stacks alternating layers of chocolate cake and chocolate mousse.
In a dining room that Orlando Weekly described as “seductively decorated,” patrons sip on Moroccan mint tea amid carmine-red walls punctuated with keyhole-style insets and paintings. Textured benches roll along one wall, ending at a photomural that Orlando Weekly reported depicts the Atlas Mountains and Agdal Gardens. As dusk falls outside, the attached hookah lounge begins to fill with tendrils of scented smoke. On Friday and Saturday nights, belly dancers hypnotize guests with their undulations and their habit of holding a pendulum before the eyes of every visitor.
4104 Millennia Blvd.
Orlando, Florida 32839Get Directions