Celebrating Tunisia and Egypt at Mezze – 14 March 2011

We got an email from Mezze saying there would be an Egyptian/Tunisian special menu to celebrate the changes in those countries. The menu sounded terrific, so we went on the first day. We took R with us, and we carefully ordered different things as much as possible.

My official dinner shot is of the vegetarian dinner, a Tunisian vegetable ragout over couscous. The ragout had eggplant, turmeric, harissa, zucchini, garbanzos, tomato, and raisins. It was very good, and just spicy enough.

D had Tabouli chicken casserole: marinated artichoke hearts (this was very tempting) garbanzos, tomato, white wine, and mint served over bulgur pilaf and cucumber. It was also very tasty.

R had the Tunisian seafood and vegetable stew: White fish, shrimp, mussels, cumin, carrots, turnips, zucchini, potato and red pepper, served with semolina bread (“Khubz Mbassis”). He found the whitefish tough, but overall liked the dish fine.

 

 

 

 

 

For appetizer, D had the Fassolia khadra lil salata (fresh green bean salad with tomato, red onion, feta cheese, butter lettuce, and basil vinaigrette), and R and I had the Exotic Nile split pea soup with onion, garlic, red pepper, zucchini, tomato, and split pea.  Both were very good.

We had a good red wine with this, which in the picture is getting the official D’s-family treatment. The label says “Domaine du Nerleux, Samur-Champigny”. D thinks it was a cab franc.

The big winner of the evening was the dessert: Tunisian sweet almond briks with rosewater honey and whipped cream. Major Wow 🙂 Maurice said they might put it on the regular menu.

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