When mediterranean goes veg

Looking for a fresh Mediterranean snacks that’s vegetarian? Alright folks, Tahini Garden at Jayanagar offers you the combination. The name is inspired from tahini, a sauce prepared from sesame seeds.

Moroccan Spaghetti. Pic: Abhishek Angad

The food draws its inspiration from the nations surrounding Mediterranean Sea. Countries like France, Italy, Spain, Morocco, Greece, Turkey have contributed to the variety of food. Sea food, poultry, red-meat, grains, beans and pastas forms major component of the food. The main flavour though is that of olive oil, that is used extensively. The food is generally baked or grilled.

Unlike other Mediterranean food joints in the city where meat forms a prominent part of the food, Tahini garden, is all about vegetables. They predominantly serve Italian and Lebanese food. The clutter free, spacious ambience, provides a perfect setting. The open kitchen adds to the ambience. Though the menu is not extensive, it has enough range of snacks from pastas, sandwiches, burgers to even a rice combination.

Falafel Sandwich. Pic: Abhishek Angad

The speciality is falafel sandwich. The Pita bread with pockets is stuffed with falafel – ground chick peas, deep fried as balls, along with herbs, freshly cut vegetables, tahini and other sauces. It is healthy yet hearty filling inside a freshly baked pita bread. It is a perfect takeaway item.

The dips here are worth trying. Baba Ganoush, is worth tasting. The paste is prepared with the combination of roasted eggplant (brinjal), tahini sauce, garlic and lemon juice. It is served with two pita breads.Tabouleh salad and a burger with roasted red bell peppers is also worth checking out. At the end if you are looking out for a  mediterranean drink, go for ‘ayran’ prepared with yogurt and chopped mint leaves.

The pastas are the usual kind but are served, spicy. The spaghetti too is usual, but with a Moroccan twist – comes with saffron and chickpea.

For desserts, frozen yogurt is served. 

Alcohol is not served. Cost for two would be Rs 500.

Address:88/A (71), 26th Main, 37th B Cross, Jayanagar 9th Block Bangalore – 560069

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