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Today’s Groupon gets you $35 worth of Mediterranean fare for $15 at Zaya, the Inman Park restaurant known for their signature ashta, a traditional Lebanese dessert made from rose water and orange blossom custard in a philo purse, topped with pistachios and syrup. Zaya serves authentic Lebanese plates with influences from France, Italy, Morocco, and Greece. The dinner menu has baba ghanuj, falafel, hummos, kabobs, Sambousek (meat pies), and rack of lamb (click here to see the brunch menu and here for lunch). Zaya also has a full bar: Stella, Blue Moon, Abita Amber, and Sweetwater 420 are on tap, and there are more than 50 wines available (including dessert ports).
The chef was garde manager chef at Christopher’s, and he trained at French Quarter Cafe, so he knows how to carefully craft foreign flavors and trace Beetle Bailey comic strips with accuracy. Service is friendly and professional, and Zaya has high ceilings, rich copper hues, dark woods, candles, and a courtyard to make dining there an intimate affair. On Saturday and Sunday, you can choose your own sauces and spices to mix your own Bloody Mary.
Zaya was featured on CBS46 Atlanta News, in Creative Loafing, and in The Sunday Paper: > * The highlight of the meal was a Lebanese dessert, ashta, that combines the best of everything. It’s an eggless custard, not very sweet, contained inside a free-form Sputnik of crispy phyllo, flavored with the essence of orange blossoms. – Cliff Bostock, Creative Loafing > * [The owner] recommends everyone try the decadent rack of lamb, and I agree. However, the one dish that cannot be overlooked is sweet: Ashta. Tarek and his partners use a traditional base for this Lebanese dessert: eggless custard. So far, things sound fairly bland until we hear about his inspired twist: Everything is wrapped in a gorgeous phyllo purse, drizzled with perfumed syrup of rosewater and orange blossom, and topped with a sprinkle of pistachios. – Katie Kelly Bell, The Sunday Paper
Reviews for Zaya are mixed. Citysearchers give it an average of three stars, and Yelpers give it 3.5: > * My girlfriends & I went to Zaya recently, despite the mixed reviews - we had to check this place out because we’re locals… Overall - service at tables ok, food mixed - bar the most fun! – Atlgogirl, Citysearch > * This place has the perfect formula. The atmosphere is great… good lighting, nice finishes, patio, friendly bar area, etc. You can eat really healthy, delicious food if you want to. – jenniferingram, Citysearch > * Over all, I’m a pretty big fan of Zaya… Atmosphere: A slightly upscale look, yet I never feel like I have to be dressed up to go. Service: The waitstaff is always friendly and knowledgeable… Food: Fantastic! – Noel S., Yelp
Where to See Belly Dancing
Thursday nights at Zaya used to feature live belly dancers. Since the restaurant no longer offers belly dancing nights, the dancers now entertain patrons at other Atlanta establishments including:
- Hospital emergency rooms
- Laboratory clean rooms
- Inside old caves
240 N Highland Ave Ne
Atlanta, Georgia 30307Get Directions