Eating authentically prepared food lets you taste the very essence of a country and draws far fewer angry glares than chewing on its national flag. Whet worldly appetites with today’s Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean fare during dinner at Zdara.
Zdara transports tongues on a Mediterranean voyage mapped out by their menu of boldly seasoned dishes. Stuffed grape leaves overflow with a mélange of spiced vegetables, rice, and pine nuts ($7.50), and crispy bites of popcorn falafel ($6.50) act as a premeal or concurrent complement to hearty entrees. Lamb shish kebabs skewer morsels of fire-grilled meat, which soaks in a delectable marinade, reaching levels of tenderness normally found in Otis Redding's greatest hits ($19.50). Sink teeth into the ground lamb and beef of the grilled kefta roll sandwiched beneath layers of hummus, tomatoes, greens, and sweetly charred onions before being served alongside a pile of sizzling garlic fries ($11.50). Seafood cravings muffle their cries with forkfuls of baked halibut fillet and summer vegetable orzo ($24.50), and vegetarians relish entrees, such as the wild mushroom ravioli with goat-cheese cream sauce ($18.50), that mimic the savory flavors of meat instead of eating salads while wearing glasses with pictures of steak taped on the inside.
White columns and green awnings welcome passersby who find a sleek, modern dining room behind Zdara's front doors. Black-and-white chairs sit at polished tables and Zdara draws in nightlife to the restaurant and lounge with live belly dancing and appearances by the Mediterranean Sea when it’s in town.