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Yes Way Jose

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…and Adana Kebab (lamb).

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It was all truly, truly incredible.

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

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

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

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

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2.5 plates later…

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…we were too full for dessert!

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

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…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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  • Vivian

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

  • http://www.cksmetalart.blogspot.com Cindy

    That meal looks amazing! Yum!

  • Colorines

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

  • http://vanillakitchen.blogspot.com vanillasugarblog

    love that pita!
    so cool

  • http://veggingoutblog.com Brigid

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

  • http://lisalaughs.wordpress.com Lisa

    That looks phenomenal. I am beyond jealous…

  • KK

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

  • K

    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:)

    • http://www.theactorsdiet.com Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      mmmm – oysters! thank you kristie!

  • Natalie

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

  • http://www.foodieandthebeats.wordpress.com Patty

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

  • http://fancythatfancythis.com Ameena

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

    Safe travels Lynn.

    • http://www.theactorsdiet.com Lynn @ The Actor’s Diet

      Thanks ameena! You too.