‘Watts for Dinner’: Zorba’s has fresh, fire and focus
Our next dining destination is Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar in Bonita Springs.
Things got off to an appetizing start with the spanakopita ($10) and the “Tiger Shrimp Saganaki” ($15).
The spanakopita is a phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. I’m a big phyllo fan, usually associated with a fruit-based dessert; but this combination is a real winner. It’s spinach at its best.
The “Tiger Shrimp Saganaki” comes with a show, flambéed tableside. It features shrimp, tomatoes, onions, feta and melted Kefalograviera, which starts as a hard table cheese produced from sheep’s milk or mixture of sheep’s and goat’s milk.
I really enjoyed the Saganaki. It was a delicious blend of spices and the cheese only served to enhance the flavor.
I also had a small Greek salad ($5 with an entrée, otherwise $8 or $11 for large) featuring Romaine lettuce, tomatoes, peppers, onions, pepperoncini, cucumbers, kalamata olives, and feta, along with a small Dolmathakia, rice with cilantro, basil and mint and stuffed in a grape leaf.
My dining companion selected the “Roka” salad ($11) featuring arugula, toasted pistachio-crusted goat cheese, pear, dried figs and a basil vinaigrette. This salad earned rave reviews with only one point, more figs please.
For my main entrée, I had the potato-encrusted sea bass ($32) which features Italian stir-fry vegetables, including green peppers and squash (yum!), garlic oil and balsamic syrup. To be honest, I think the syrup was left off, but no matter. This fish is huge and amazing, and the crust only added to the flavor. The veggies could have been a meal all their own. I only wish I had some rice to soak up that wonderful juice the veggies were swimming in. I highly recommend this dish.
My partner in dine also had the fish, selecting the grouper ($25). It’s a grilled 12 oz. fillet with sauteed vegetables and rice pilaf in a lemon-thyme beurre blanc. Another solid performer.
We ended the meal with baklava cheesecake ($8). Wow! Need I say more? Happy eating!
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If you go
Zorba’s Mediterranean Grille & Bar
- 9106 Bonita Beach Rd. SE, Bonita Springs