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Zeugma Grille: Delicious Mediterranean Cuisine in Montclair

by Skye McDonald
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Some cuisines can be easily replicated at home. But there’s a nuance to Mediterranean food that is elevated by professionals like Chef Can Alp at Zeugma Mediterranean Grille. This South Park Street restaurant serves up top-quality pita and hummus, savory main dishes, and tempting desserts. Whether dining in or ordering out, an evening with Zeugma guarantees a culinary expedition without leaving Montclair. Read on to learn more about Zeugma, a Montclair restaurant serving Mediterranean food, located at 44 S Park Street.

The Atmosphere

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Walk into Zeugma and be greeted by Doric columns and cozy bench seating around the perimeter. Notice the mosaic art on the wall, and then settle in for a fantastic array of dinner options. Meats on the rotisserie, baking pita, and an array of herbs and spices get mouths watering and stomachs rumbling before you pick up your menu. 

According to its website, Zeugma was the name of the city in Turkey which was “the last stop on the Euphrates river before crossing into the Persian Empire” {Zeugma}. The restaurant seeks to embody that crossroads spirit in the dishes, which combine cuisines from Turkey, Europe, the Middle East, and “other areas of the Mediterranean region.”

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No matter the combination, the crossroads diners face is simple: which selection appeals most to them that day? Truly, there is no wrong choice on this menu.

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The Menu

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Salads and appetizers offer brightly flavored greens and grains, as well as a variety of dips to try. The hummus is done right, creamy, and flavorful, but more exploratory palates won’t be disappointed with avogannush or pumpkin muhammara. 

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Avogannush blends smoky eggplant and cool avocado, while the pumpkin muhammara is a sweet-and-savory blend of pumpkin, walnut, and feta. Can’t decide which to choose? Go for the mezze platter and try out all three. 

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Or, for serious hummus aficionados, make an entree of the lamb-hummus, a huge bowl of garlicky hummus topped with lamb and served with fluffy pita. For the faint of heart, it’s an aggressive amount of hummus, but delicious nonetheless.

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Entrees prove just as varied and yet consistently satisfying as the starter courses. Chicken and Lamb shish are savory meats served with rice pilaf and roasted veggies such as carrots, potatoes, and brussels sprouts. 

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Vegetarians can opt for Manti, shiitake dumplings served in a yogurt sauce. Seafood selections and burgers round out the menu, ensuring something for everyone. The lamb tandoori tacos are another stand-out menu item! All entrees are served with house-made pita. 

Bring your own favorite bottle to accentuate the flavor profile of the evening. 

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The “Z-Chef Special” is a hidden gem in the desserts section. The dish consists of a meringue-style wafer atop whipped cream and strawberries. It is a fruity, cool combination of textures, yet light enough to fit in after an indulgent meal and probably one more pita than you intended to eat. 

Dining Options

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Zeugma is located at 44 S Park Street and the restaurant is only open in the evenings from 4PM-9PM. Masks are required to enter and when not dining. If takeout is preferred, several apps including DoorDash and Seamless are available. No matter what, this spot is a win for Mediterranean food in Montclair. 

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