Yes Way Jose

November 19, 2012

in restaurant, travel

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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{ 14 comments }

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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