Akdeniz has been a big hit in the office ever since our move to Bryant Park. Every day at least five orders come in to Seamless HQ from the oh-so-popular Middle Eastern restaurant. It’s finally time that I had yet to try it out for myself. As a self-described fan of delicious Middle Eastern cuisine, I was excited to order from this much talked about restaurant.
The Akdeniz menu is extensive and I had a difficult time deciding what to order. While I had heard good things about the meaty sandwiches and entrees, I just couldn’t commit to such a large singular dish. Instead I ordered myself a feast of appetizers. My thinking was that I would be able to judge Akdeniz most effectively by ordering small traditional plates. Ultimately, I chose to order 3 appetizers: Humus, Falafel, and Zucchini Pancakes. I went for traditional and delicious… so let’s see how it tasted.
The food arrived on time and perfectly warm. It was packaged well so it maintained its temperature in transit and everything remained in tact. Even though this meal was only meant for one, I did receive 3 sets of utensils. How generous.
The traditional bread that came with the humus was truly great. It was warm and crusty and chewy and salty. It was a perfect accompaniment to the meal, and Akdeniz is really generous with their bread offering. The pieces are large and phenomenal. The Humus itself was creamy and delicious. I could taste the chickpeas and the extra flavorings of olive oil and garlic. If I didn’t have any other dishes to try I probably would have finished the entire container. For normal eaters, this is a great appetizer to share.
Next came the Zucchini Pancakes and the Falafel. I found it interesting that the Falafel was not a traditional round ball shape, but I also found it interesting that it tasted absolutely delicious! The Falafel is made with chickpeas, onions and celery that is seasoned with garlic, parsley and herbs and served with tahini sauce. I enjoyed the new shape because it allowed for more surface area to be crispy and fried. The extra crunch was truly exceptional.
The Zucchini Pancakes were quite a nice surprise as well. While it’s hard to go wrong with anything fried, I really didn’t know what to expect. The pancakes were moist and flavorful. They were accompanied by a light yogurt sauce that complimented it nicely. Overall I was absolutely pleased!
Check out the Akdeniz menu and feel free to give us recommendations for future orders in the comments.