Monday, July 18, 2011

A Mediterranean Feast at Dunya

The husband and I tried out new-to-us DUNYA this past weekend, and it was great. VERY vegan-friendly too! For one thing, they have a deliciously savory entree aptly named the "Vegan Pyramid":

This architectural wonder consists of layers of grilled vegetables and pita triangles in an herbaceous tomato sauce that would please even the most carnivorous of palettes. We were certainly happy. But, before all that, we had a quartet of appetizers not unlike that which you would find at a typical Mediterranean restaurant, only taken up a notch.

First up was the hummus. Tasty in its own right, but that sprinkling of sumac really made it sing. I want to put sumac on everything. So good.

The ezme (a walnut and red pepper spread) was outstanding as well. It has a nice warm spice to it. Not so much as to overwhelm, but just the perfect little kick.

The greek salad, sans feta, was pretty standard. But, again, the addition of fresh herbs (there's that sumac again!) really took it to the next level.

Our hands down favorite of the meal, however, was the falafel. It was some of the best I've had - and I've had A LOT of falafel in my day. This was crisp on the outside, soft and warm in the middle, and full of flavor. The tahini sauce was also quite nice. Not bitter at all like some can be.

We will definitely go back to Dunya, and you should try it out too! Stay tuned for an update on an old fave and some more new-to-me places as well. Also, there's a CONTEST going on over at my other blog, so go enter! :)

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