Yes Way Jose

November 19, 2012

in restaurant, travel

My first Jose Andres restaurant! Hannah, Hash and I went to Zaytinya Sunday night…


…reservations were a cinch on Opentable, and we sat upstairs, past the ginormous vases of olive oil…



… “Zaytinya” means “Olive Oil” in Turkish – and theirs is quite excellent.


We dipped our house-made, puffy pita into it…



…and perused the very veggie-friendly, small plates menu.



Almost everything we ordered was meatless, aside from the Fried Squid (with garlic-yogurt sauce)…


…and Adana Kebab (lamb).


It was all truly, truly incredible.


Warm Root Vegetable Salata – white sweet potato, radishes, shitake shrooms, broccoli, Persian red walnuts, and spiced carrot yogurt…


…fried brussels sprouts with coriander seed, barberries, garlic yogurt…


…roasted cauliflower with sultans, caper berries, pine nuts…


…Mercimek Koftesi – seared red lentil patties, preserved lemon yogurt, + pomegranate on lettuce leaves…


2.5 plates later…



…we were too full for dessert!


FYI – the pita is never-ending! They keep bringing it and bringing it…


…definitely LOVED my first Jose Andres experience. Can’t wait to check out The Bazaar when I’m back in Los Angeles!


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1 Vivian November 19, 2012 at 4:50 am

I’d do anything to get my hands on that pita! It looks too good to be true!

2 Cindy November 19, 2012 at 6:07 am

That meal looks amazing! Yum!

3 Colorines November 19, 2012 at 7:51 am

¡Ole! Deliciosas verduras y hortalizas. El aceite de oliva tiene un color excelente, ¡puedo olerlo desde aquí! :-P

4 vanillasugarblog November 19, 2012 at 8:44 am

love that pita!
so cool

5 Brigid November 19, 2012 at 9:59 am

Looks *insane*! Bazaar has been on my list since we moved here, but I haven’t tried it yet.

6 Lisa November 19, 2012 at 10:31 am

That looks phenomenal. I am beyond jealous…

7 KK November 19, 2012 at 10:41 am

The correct spelling would me “zeytin yağı”, but I can see why it could be problematic to call a restaurant that.:)

8 K November 19, 2012 at 11:52 am

Ahhhh!! Looks fantastic! Bazaar is on my must-try list as well….was just perusing the yelp pictures and everything just looks phenomenal. I highly recommend Pearl Dive Oyster bar on U Street in DC. I wanna say U and 14th but I don’t remember exactly. Can’t wait to read more about your DC eats:)

9 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet November 19, 2012 at 12:31 pm

mmmm – oysters! thank you kristie!

10 Natalie November 19, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Looks devine.
I wish they had places like THIS in New Zeland.

11 Angela Serranzana November 19, 2012 at 10:23 pm

Ohhhhh…I love Zaytinya. Looking at your pictures brings back memories of impossibly airy and delicious pita. And I had one of my favorite sweetbreads preparations of all time there. So jealous. Have a wonderful time in DC!

12 Patty November 20, 2012 at 6:27 am

ahhh you’re so close! any other events where we can come party with you? :)

13 Ameena November 20, 2012 at 8:59 pm

Zaytinia is one of my favorite places in DC! I loved the decor, the food, the service, the pita! Everything.

Safe travels Lynn.

14 Lynn @ The Actor's Diet November 21, 2012 at 4:32 am

Thanks ameena! You too.

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