This restaurant has consistently attracted positive reviews for its food and the night we visited we had to agree that the simple, unpretentious food, is the defining quality of what they serve, reflecting the mixes, smells and flavours of the Mediterranean. The menu introduces dishes with the pungent, earthy flavours of garlic, onion, eggplant and olive oil. The chefs have refined some traditional favourites by reducing the fat content but still retaining the zesty, tempting aromas and robust flavours that are the symbols of Mediterranean fare.
The menu is diverse enough to accommodate vegetarian and non- vegetarian diners and as our party of three included both we decided to order a mix of dishes to share that would please all tastes. The traditional Lebanese dips lend itself well to this style of eating and for our entrée we ordered a mixed dips platter (VND250,000) from which you can choose a choice of four from a much longer list. We agreed on the babaghanoush, a salsa, hummus and tzaziki which were served with a choice of pita bread and those delicious Vietnamese Rice Crackers (Banh Trang Me or Banh Da). The eggplants in the babaghanoush must have been cooked in a very smoky fire as the flavour was very strong and not attractive to one of our party but all the dips tasted freshly made and were attractively presented. This was followed by a dish of sizzling shrimps with pan- fried eggplant, zucchini, capers and garlic in a white wine butter sauce (VND200,000), a great way to serve shrimps if a little rich; spinach and cheese spanakopita, a traditional Greek pie of spinach mixed with feta, goat and cream cheese baked in filo pastry (VND150,000); grilled marinated vegetables which included capsicums, eggplants, zucchini and tomatoes among others (VND140,000); and Saganaki another traditional Greek dish which gets its name from the type of pan used to fry the cheese, in this case it was feta but it can refer to haloumi or other types of Greek cheese, these are served with a squeeze of lemon and a grind of black pepper. This is a great way to enjoy food and generates a feeling of camaraderie as we wipe the flavours from the bowls with fresh oven baked bread, olive oil dripping down our chins. The restaurant has a very extensive wine range which includes choices from just about every country you can mention, we settled for a MacCrostie Chardonnay from the Sonoma Valley (USA) (VND800,000) which complimented our food choices perfectly. Service is good, efficient and friendly, so if you want to drift away for just a short while to enjoy the delights of the Mediterranean, try Skewers. They also do takeaway – check out eat.vn
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