The inside of Zorba’s, on Fairmount Avenue, looks like a traditional Greek diner. The walls are covered with murals depicting the Mediterranean coast and fake trees are placed in almost every corner of the dining area. Tables are covered with white tablecloths and glass tops with the number in full view.
Zorba’s menu offers traditional Greek cuisine. The Zeus dish ($18) is a combination of hot and cold appetizers. Hot appetizers include spiced melted feta cheese, calamari, grilled baby octopus and mussel meat dressed in red wine and tomato sauce.
Cold appetizers consist of a dips such as humus, tzatziki and skordalia. The kopanisti appetizer is a spicy mixture of feta cheese and hot peppers.
Dishes made with lamb, shrimp, chicken and veal are some dinner choices available.
Gemista ($10) — stuffed tomatoes, green peppers — and Imam Baldi ($10) — stuffed eggplant sauted in red sauce — are two of the many vegetarian dishes to choose from.
Specials include whole grilled red snapper and grilled trout fillets.
The snapper, garnished with sliced cucumbers and tomatoes, is cooked in lemon, olive oil and salt. The fish has great presentation and taste. Shrimp tourkolimano ($15) isn’t bad mixed with mussel appetizer.
Arni Fourn is another tasty choice on the menu priced at $15. It’s a leg of lamb roasted in the oven with garlic and lemon.
Dessert options are many, but tasty ones are few. The Phylo dough filled with custard ($3.50) contains soggy dough, making the custard too hard to enjoy. The pear baked in red wine and syrup ($3.50) is sweet and fruity served with whipped cream.
Zorba provides good service with waiters who are polite and have keen knowledge about items on the menu. There are inconsistisies in terms of the quality of taste from certain food choices but overall, Zorba’s dining experience is pleasurable and you won’t leave too disappointed.