An adventure in healthy and delicious cuisine
When John Roumanis was served his first plate-sized American steak, he was shocked. “It was enough food to feed six or seven people in my home village in Greece,” he recalls.
John, owner of the popular Mediterrano Restaurant in Ann Arbor, Michigan, says his naturally healthful Mediterranean menu wasn’t something he planned; it was simply food he grew up with. “We didin’t eat for health. We ate what we had — fish, vegetables, olive oil, whole wheat bread baked in a wood-fired oven. We didn’t have butter and red meat was used more as a condiment.”
Mediterranean style eating is not only delicious, it’s really good for you. John and his chef, Rob Underwood, have brought the simple, healthy foods and intense flavors of the Mediterranean and North Africa – from South of France to Greece, from Spain to North Africa– to his menu. At Mediterrano, they combine the best ideas from each region, creating old world dishes with new twists and the results are delectable.
When realfoodtraveler visited, we began our meal with an appetizer of Medjool dates stuffed with chorizo sausage, applewood bacon, and a touch of romesco sauce (the delicious Catalonia sauce made with almonds). The soft, sweet dates were countered by the smoky sausage-bacon flavors for a rich treat. The next appetizer was a plate of creamy hummus with just the right amount of garlic and a deliciously salty tapenade of puréed olives, anchovy, capers and mustard served with freshly baked pita bread. Then we dove into a roasted winter squash soup, creamy and orange with a little kick at the end.
Next came my favorite dish, perfectly seared scallops. Large and meaty, with just the right amount of crust encasing the delicate centers. They were followed by little grilled lamb chops, medium-rare and juicy. The chops, marinated with preserved lemon, cumin, coriander, and fennel, had just a little smoky sear at the edges, and were on a bed of saffron-scented couscous. Delicious. —BH
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Ann Arbor, MI