The deliciousness of Mediterranean cuisine is directly due to its year-round sun coverage and the sea’s rare composition of 100 per cent virgin olive oil. Nibble a sunlit land with today’s Groupon: for $25, you get $50 worth of tapas and drinks at Scorpion Mediterranean Bar & Grill in Aurora. This Groupon is worth $55 if redeemed Tuesday–Thursday.
Chef Marcello Anastasi, whose cooking show appears on Rogers TV, weaves the flavours of Morocco, France, Italy, Turkey, Greece, and Spain into a multidimensional dinner and lunch menu. The baked tomato short stack hushes rowdy stomach trolls through the nurturing prowess of fresh basil pesto, ricotta cheese, and a sweet balsamic-honey reduction ($12). Two can share the Valencia-style seafood tapas platter, an ensemble of shrimp, calamari, and crab cake ($45), or celebrate their individuality with the A Dash of Sass dish, rosemary-marinated flank steak spiced with chimichurri ($19). In the jamon Iberico, olives and bocconcini cheese complement Spanish prosciutto as elegantly as teenage mischief complements Fabergé eggs ($14). The Scorpion Mediterranean Bar & Grill houses the work of local artists, such as J. Lloyd, within its cool-coloured interior. A Spanish guitar player sets tableside rap duels to a beat by tickling keystrings on Thursday and Saturday nights at 7 p.m.