July 23, 2016

Eat It Like A Gypsy!

Oh shoot! shake that booty ma, now eat it like a gypsy? Wait, what!? Ok, so maybe gypsy's are more about the hips swinging and belly rolling than they are the eating. But, at the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, not only will you get a chance to enjoy some amazing food, they also have a belly dancer, just no Savage playing in the background.

Walking into the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, you are immediately aware that you're not in your typical restaurant. The space looks like a whole different world and well, it should! On weekend nights starting at 6 p.m. and going 15 minutes on the hour, guests enjoy their food with a belly dancer in the center of the room. While I could have gone without it, there was certainly plenty of people that were drawn to it.
My wife and I were ready to place our order, but before I get started, I have just one quick negative to talk about. Our server (who is on plenty of photos on their website, so I'm assuming a family member), didn't have the most positive and bubbly attitude. We wanted to place our order for apps and his response was, "Well, if you could provide your whole order now, that would be best." Um, OK, I guess so... Anyways, the food was great and here's the cuisine;

We shared everything and as a couple, we got to select 1 appetizer each, 1 main dish each and 1 dessert each. We decided to go with the Stuffed Grape Leaves and Shrimp Allaya for our apps. We went with the Lamb Shank and Lemon-Garlic Baked Salmon for our main courses. And, we planned to finish the evening with a Baklava Trio and Harrisa. Lets break everything down!

The Shrimp Alaya was like a Greek Shrimp Salsa and was crazy delicious. It was made with tomatoes, garlic, cilantro, jalapenos all simmered and mixed with shrimp. Went perfectly with the bread!
The Grape Leaves were insanely awesome. These bad boys were stuffed with rice, ground beef and Mediterranean spices. I really didn't know what to expect, but I could have ordered a dozen more for sure.
My wife decided on the Lemon-Garlic Baked Salmon and included a nicely seasoned filet with garlic and lemon, served with a cilantro-tomato salad, basmati rice and topped with pine nuts. Too many people massacre salmon which keeps me from eating it except in sushi form (yummy). I would order the salmon here no problem. It was delicious! (Forgot to take a darn picture too)

I went for the Lamb Shank which happens to be one of my favorite animals to eat. The most tender part of the lamb leg was seasoned perfectly & slowly, baked with green beans & carrots and served over a yellow rice. The meat just fell off the bone and Oh Shoot! Woah! This would make anyone's hips swing from enjoyment. So awesome, I even enjoyed some bone marrow!
Their Baklava was absolutely amazing and would eat the whole tray if it wasn't so unhealthy. As for the Harrisa, it had a real unique flavor, a little dry, but still good, I would just stick with the Baklava!

Look, the Mediterranean Cruise Cafe is going to give you some amazing delicacies from Jerusalem, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Morocco, Italy, Turkey and Greece. You will enjoy your visit, you will see some belly dancers (if on the weekend), but you won't see anyone "bringing it up then back down" or "picking it up then dip it low". Enjoy the "cruise"!

Mediterranean Cruise Cafe
12500 Nicollet Avenue
Burnsville, MN 55337

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