Mare Nostrum

Given as much as I like wine and my most recent adventure, a BYOB spot is always a good choice for me.  I gathered a bunch of friends and we headed out to Mare Norstrum. It’s Mediterranean inspired Turkish cuisine. Everyone brought a bottle; there is no corkage fee, since there isn’t an official BYOB policy.

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These guys have a very interesting menu – they have a cart with all the cold appetizers that they will wheel out and walk you through.  Our table was big, I couldn’t hear, and I am easily distracted.
We started with the hummus – your traditional chickpea, tahini, and lemon variety – and the Haydari, which is one of my favorites, a creamy yogurt dip made with lots of dill and garlic. We also had the Pink Sultan, which combines lots of things I like, red beets and the garlic yogurt dip. Plus, lots of the Turkish flat bread. These small plates are definitely big enough to share for the table.

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Our next “course”, was hot appetizers.  If you haven’t noticed, I am on an octopus kick lately. I am not sure exactly when I fell in love… and I am sure my friends will be happy for me to find a new “favorite”…  Nevertheless, we ordered it at Mare Nostrom.  They grilled it and have a very simply preparation – a little oregano, olive oil, red onion, and capers.

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We also ordered the stuffed calamari.   This was by far my favorite dish on the table; I actually liked it better than the octopus. We had to order another one, because there are only 4 or 5 pieces per plate.  I am so glad that I was sharing this with the table.  It can’t be a god idea to eat something that delish all by yourself… Oh my…

The bronzini was so great, that we ordered two.  We did the hot appetizer, although I have heard that the entrée is amazing.  The sote is a sautéed fish with lots going on – crushed tomatoes, a great spice, red peppers and onions…

To finish up we went with all the skewers – easy to share.  Mare Nostrum calls them Kebap.  We had beef, shrimp, and lamb.  The shrimp left the table first.

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