I am slightly obsessed with Mediterranean flavors. If I see a gyro or greek salad on a menu, then that is what I am ordering. When I heard that there was an amazing Mediterranean restaurant located in downtown Tampa, I knew that I HAD to go. A few days later, my friends at Never Have I Ever Tampa invited me to a complimentary Eat Up at Kurdi's Fresh Mediterranean Grill. It was fate.
Kurdi's is located on the corner of Polk and Tampa St (the Ashley Dr. address is deceptive). I parked my car and was excited to hear some amazing tunes coming from the direction of Kurdi's. The Bob Hope Band was providing covers of rock and pop favorites. They wowed us all as we took in the gorgeous decor of Kurdi's. I want their light fixtures!
We were offered our choice of drinks: a pint of draft craft beer, a glass of house made Sangria or a Lychee Sake Martini. I REALLY wanted that Martini, but alas I did not have a DD with me. I settled for water and eagerly awaited the food. While we were waiting we discovered that the ingredients at Kurdi's are all fresh and locally sourced. They are so fresh that Kurdi's does not have a freezer. Awesome!
Our first entree was the Fattoush Salad.
The Fattoush salad contains chopped lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley and radishes. It is tossed with a pomegranate vinaigrette. Fattoush is not only really fun to say, but it tastes as good as it looks. I've never had Fattoush before and I really liked it. There was an immense amount of flavor packed into this crunchy salad.
Next up was the Mixed Grill Platter.
The Mixed Grill Platter contains one skewer each of beef tenderloin, chicken breast and kufta. It is served with rice and arugula salad. The kufta is lamb and beef mixed with traditional herbs and spices and then grilled. This entire plate was incredible, but the kufta was to-die-for. We were served family style and I kept sneaking away another piece of the kufta. It was similar to a meatball in taste. Only, this kufta was the best tasting meatball ever. It did not require sauce, but the flavor was even more enhanced by the creamy garlic sauce served on the side.
We were then served a lunch item: Chicken Shawarma Wrap:
The Chicken Shawarma Wrap has thinly marinated chicken breast that is marinated for over 24 hours, tomatoes, pickles and garlic sauce. I would gladly take this dish for lunch any day. Every day. This chicken was my second favorite thing that we tried (after the kufta). It was so incredibly moist and flavorful. Delish. I unfortunately didn't get to try the fries, but they smelled incredible.
Lastly, we were able to try the Grilled Moroccan Lamb:
The Grilled Moroccan Lamb is spiced lamb served with an arugula salad, grilled scallops and basmati rice. Lamb chops are always fun to eat. Unfortunately, I have learned over the years that I am just not a huge fan of them. The table really seemed to love the lamb chops and said that they packed a lot of flavor. They were certainly gorgeous to look at.
Our large group contained a few dietary restrictions. We had someone who was Gluten Free, a Vegan and a Pescetarian at our table. Kurdi's was extremely accommodating. They made special dishes from the menu for the Vegan and Gluten Free guests. For the Pescetarian they created a whole new dish from what they had in their pantry! How cool is that? Here was the final creation:
Very impressive. A few people at our table even joked and said they may become Pescetarian to get a special dish like this. I love that Kurdi's is willing to go above and beyond to please their customers.
I really had a fantastic time and an amazing meal at Kurdi's. Thank You to the wonderful staff, owners and to Never Have I Ever Tampa for the invite. I will be returning to Kurdi's soon. You should too. You can Thank me later. If you are a craft beer fan, they also host craft beer dinners. Visit Kurdi's website for more details: http://www.kurdisgrill.com/