My friends Norma and Phil were in town and I was not sure where to take them to lunch. They love Greek and Turkish food, so why not Mandolin Aegean Bistro, the best place in town?

outside mandolin

The surroundings were spectacular yet serene. We sat in a charming courtyard full of trees and orchids – it was easy to forget that one was actually in Miami. 

outside dining

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We began our Mediterranean feast with the Turkish Sampler – Hummus – Beet Purée – Tomato Dip, the beet being my favorite. It was served with Turkish bread that came in little paper bags; so cute and very delicious.

Turkish Sampler
Turkish Sampler

The Marinated Grilled Octopus was simply lovely: nice and soft and gently charred, the best octopus I have ever had.

Grilled Octopus
Grilled Octopus

 

The Grilled Tiger Prawns With Paprika were also excellent. They were presented heads-on, ideal for sucking the delicate insides.

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Grilled Tiger Prawns With Paprika

Chicken Kebab With Orzo Pilaf & Maroulosalata was Phil’s dish. Maroulosalata is a classic Greek Romaine lettuce salad. Phil was very pleased with it, the chicken was tender and juicy, he just wished for a stronger accompaniment, maybe something made with onions?

Chicken Kebab With Orzo Pilaf & Maroulosalata

Chicken Kebab With Orzo Pilaf & Maroulosalata
Chicken Kebab With Orzo Pilaf & Maroulosalata

The Grilled Lamb Chops Over Orzo Pilaf were delicious! These meat lollipops were just spectacular. I literally could munch on these all day. All carnivores in Miami should check this dish out.

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Grilled Lamb Chops Over Orzo Pilaf
Grilled Lamb Chops Over Orzo Pilaf

Fresh Whole Grilled Sea Bass With Olive Oil, Lemon And Oregano was Issa’s plate. She is very fond of whole fish, the head being a particular obsession and this version did not disappoint her – only bones were left when she was all done. The head was devoured, teeth and all.

sea bass

Fresh Whole Grilled Sea Bass With Olive Oil, Lemon And Oregano
Fresh Whole Grilled Sea Bass With Olive Oil, Lemon And Oregano

fish picture

I had the All Natural Grass Fed Skirt Steak served with Sautéed Spinach With Garlic And Lemon. I took two or three bites of this and took the rest home. My intention was to have it for dinner while I watched my Brazilian novela, La Guerrera.  What a treat to have two of my favorite things at the same time: rare skirt steak and telenovela drama. I was as close to heaven as I could get.

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All Natural Grass Fed Skirt Steak served with Sautéed Spinach With Garlic And Lemon
All Natural Grass Fed Skirt Steak served with Sautéed Spinach With Garlic And Lemon

For dessert we shared the Baklava and the Chocolate Cake, both very good.

Baklava
Baklava

Tanya was our hostess and she made us feel at home, she went out of her way to make sure that we were happy and full – she succeeded brilliantly.

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serving the wine

tanya
Tanya

Mandolin Aegean Bistro simply rocks. This place is the bomb. The best restaurant I have been to in 2015.

Inside Seating
Inside Seating

 

Issa & Norma
Issa & Norma
Turkish Coffee
Turkish Coffee

mandolin

Mandolin Aegean Bistro

4312 NE 2nd Avenue

Miami FL, 33137

305.749.9140

 

http://www.mandolinmiami.com

 

 

4 comments

  1. Gorgeous photos! I have yet to visit Miami, but I’m hoping to stay with a friend down there sometime in the next year. I’m making her take me to this spot; it looks delicious! Thanks for sharing a link to my maroulosalata recipe. ❤

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