Before visiting Antoni’s Restaurant in Beaverton, I can’t tell you the last time that I had Mediterranean cuisine (and hummus on pita bread at home doesn’t count, nor does topping my salad with feta cheese!) But, after our visit to Antoni’s, I have a feeling I’ll be bugging my husband to return … soon!
Order: Rather than ordering an entree, I decided to order two appetizers: the Spanakopites ($5.95) and the Scordalia ($4.95). My husband ordered the Halibut Fish and Chips ($12.95)
Location: 10765 SW Canyon Road, Beaverton, Oregon
What I Think:
Antoni’s Restaurant in Beaverton, Oregon, is another Living Social find, and if I didn’t already love Living Social… this restaurant visit would have made me a believer.
The atmosphere in this restaurant is a little bit predictable with it’s Mediterranean tiles and wall art, but, after we sat down, we got a rather unexpected surprise – the booth had it’s own TV, complete with remote.
We were served quickly, and as I mentioned above, I went with two appetizers instead of an entree. That’s because a) I couldn’t decide which appetizer I wanted to try; and b) the appetizers looked more intriguing to me than an entree.
The Spanakopites were tasty. The filo dough was incredibly thin and fried crisp. Inside there was a generous amount of spinach … but not very much feta. I would have liked the two to be a bit more balanced, as the spinach seemed to be too overpowering. They were tasty, as I said, but, I think they would have been incredible with less spinach and more feta.
For me, the most memorable part of the meal was the Scordalia. This was a plate of incredibly fresh pita bread wedges and a dip made of potato and garlic, drizzled with olive oil. The dip tasted … well, it tasted like thick mashed potatoes loaded with of garlic. Nothing wrong with that, I love mashed potatoes and I LOVE garlic … but I wouldn’t suggest ordering this if you’re out on a date and you plan on kissing later … nor would I advise ordering this if you’re on your lunch break from work and you need to interact with clients or co-workers after lunch is over.
But… it wasn’t the potato and garlic dip that made this so memorable. Believe it or not, it was the humble pita wedges! Seriously. These were the BEST. As in amazingly good! They were still warm and tasted remarkably fresh, and quite unlike any pita bread I had ever tasted in my life (and I would say I’ve had my fair share of pita bread). These were soft and lightly crisp on the edges, and they tasted so fresh that I thought that maybe they had made them fresh right when I had ordered them!
My husband’s fish and chips were tasty too … the fish was tender and moist and the french fries were crispy. I really don’t think there is too much that could have been done to mess this plate up, but it is nice that there are options other than Mediterranean on the menu.
My Final Thoughts:
As I mentioned in the review, the best part of the meal for me were the pita wedges. And you might be thinking… really? But, I don’t say that as a bad thing… those pita wedges were INCREDIBLY good. But were they good enough for me to want to return just for those pita wedges? Absolutely. Yes, they were that good. In fact, as I sit here and type this, my mouth is watering, just thinking about them. Very good.