Mandolin - WSVN-TV - 7NEWS Miami Ft. Lauderdale News, Weather, Deco

Mandolin

Posted: Updated:

It could be the most unassuming hot restaurant in Miami. Five years ago when it opened, Mandolin had 30 seats. Now it's grown into a bustling 150-seat bistro. But the restaurant is not the only thing that's bloomed; so has Mandolin's new organic garden, which is now adding an even fresher dimension to their amazing Mediterranean menu.

Spring has sprung in the Mandolin garden in the Miami Design District

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "We really have a bountiful harvest right now, so there's a lot, a lot to be excited about."

Anastasia Koutsioukis and husband Ahemet Erkaya planted this organic garden behind their über-popular Greek-Turkish taverna last year, and now the fruits of the harvest are the stars of the Mandolin menu.

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "Every day is something different."

Louis: "The ingredients tell the tale."

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "The ingredients do tell the tale."

Mandolin is known for its simple Greek-Turkish fare, packed with flavor bombs by using only the freshest ingredients around. Well, it doesn't get any fresher than picking it yourself from your own backyard. The heirloom cherry tomatoes are busting with deliciousness.

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "They have a golden color."

Louis: "And they really do taste like a burst of sunshine right in your mouth."

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "Isn't that delicious?"

Louis: "There's nothing better than that. That's delicious."

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "It doesn't even need anything.'

Louis: "That is so sweet."

Those little tomatoes are now part of one of the hottest new dishes on the menu, served with a grilled sheep's milk halumi cheese with fresh oregano picked from the garden. Ridiculous.

Louis: "So it's just olive oil, grilled cheese and oregano."

Ahmet Erkaya "There is nothing else."

Louis: "Very simple."

Simple and delicious, that's the Madolin mantra.

Ahmet Erkaya: "There's a lot of love involved in cooking those dishes."

Louis: "You taste the love in every bite."

And that is the most important ingredient of all. You taste it from the grilled sea bream imported from Greece, the grilled prawns and, one of my personal favorites, the Kefte.

Louis: "This is one of my favorite dishes here. This always reminds me of being in Turkey. This is the Kefte Turkish meatball."

Ahmet Erkaya "Grilled Turkish meatball. It's beef and lamb."

Served with a traditional Greek tzatziki sauce, it's awesome

Ahmet Erkaya: "It's as Turkish and Greek as it gets."

Anastasia Koutsioukis: "The whole reason why we started Mandolin was to really bring together the flavors of the Mediterranean and that Mediterranean lifestyle, which I think is very similar to why we love Florida so much. Warm weather, gathering with friends and, of course, eating very fresh and healthy."

  • Shireen's Favorite ThingsMore>>

  • The Return of the Crop Top

    The Return of the Crop Top

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 4:52 PM EDT2014-07-23 20:52:07 GMT
    When I first heard that the Crop Top was back in style, I walked straight into my bedroom, stood in front of the mirror, lifted my shirt, turned to the side and stuck my gut out as far as it would go.
    When I first heard that the Crop Top was back in style, I walked straight into my bedroom, stood in front of the mirror, lifted my shirt, turned to the side and stuck my gut out as far as it would go.
  • Cool as a Cupcake

    Cool as a Cupcake

    Wednesday, July 16 2014 3:13 PM EDT2014-07-16 19:13:10 GMT
    Mattie McDonald was one of the prettiest women I'd ever seen. She had light green eyes, dark brown hair and milky white skin. When she wafted by me, she smelled of lavender, honeysuckle and some other hypnotizing perfume I couldn't quite put my finger on. I spent a lot of my spare time daydreaming about her and not just because I wanted to know her. Ultimately, I wanted to be her.
    Mattie McDonald was one of the prettiest women I'd ever seen. She had light green eyes, dark brown hair and milky white skin. When she wafted by me, she smelled of lavender, honeysuckle and some other hypnotizing perfume I couldn't quite put my finger on. I spent a lot of my spare time daydreaming about her and not just because I wanted to know her. Ultimately, I wanted to be her.
  • Hot in Hong Kong

    Hot in Hong Kong

    Thursday, July 10 2014 5:55 PM EDT2014-07-10 21:55:15 GMT
    When I walked out of the Hong Kong airport, the heat of the city slapped me so hard across the face, it was like a woman catching her cheating husband with a long-suspected mistress.
    When I walked out of the Hong Kong airport, the heat of the city slapped me so hard across the face, it was like a woman catching her cheating husband with a long-suspected mistress.
  • On Deco DriveMore>>

  • Mi Vida Cafe

    Mi Vida Cafe

    Friday, July 25 2014 9:15 PM EDT2014-07-26 01:15:11 GMT
    Mi Vida Cafe's Quinoa Burger.Mi Vida Cafe's Quinoa Burger.
    Here in So-Flo, we like to hang out half naked, especially in the summer, which is why eating healthy is so important to keep that bod in shape. I know eating healthy can be so boring. I mean, I wanna look good and feel good, but I don't wanna give up taste. I just found a healthy new joint that's both delicious and has me seriously considering becoming a vegan.
    Here in So-Flo, we like to hang out half naked, especially in the summer, which is why eating healthy is so important to keep that bod in shape. I know eating healthy can be so boring. I mean, I wanna look good and feel good, but I don't wanna give up taste. I just found a healthy new joint that's both delicious and has me seriously considering becoming a vegan.
  • Asante Samuel

    Asante Samuel

    Friday, July 25 2014 8:26 PM EDT2014-07-26 00:26:35 GMT
    We're not Realtors, but we love a house that has luxury to spare. So when NFL star Asante Samuel invited Deco for a little tour, how could we say no?
    We're not Realtors, but we love a house that has luxury to spare. So when NFL star Asante Samuel invited Deco for a little tour, how could we say no?
  • Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach - Barraca Chic

    Funkshion Fashion Week Miami Beach - Barraca Chic

    Friday, July 25 2014 4:02 PM EDT2014-07-25 20:02:32 GMT
    Funksion Fashion Week Miami Beach kicks off tomorrow, and Deco's got your sneak peak from the SLS Hotel on SoBe.
    Funksion Fashion Week Miami Beach kicks off tomorrow, and Deco's got your sneak peak from the SLS Hotel on SoBe.

Powered by WorldNow

WSVN-TV
Sunbeam Television Corp
1401 79th Street Causeway
Miami, FL 33141

Switchboard: (305) 751-6692
Newsroom: (305) 795-2777

Can't find something?
Connect with us here:
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WSVN. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.