Mandolin Aegean Bistro, Miami Serving Greek and Turkish Fare

How do you fix hundreds of years of conflict between the Greeks and the Turks?

Have them get married and open a Greek and Turkish restaurant.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

The couple left their careers back in New York and went for following their dreams. They chose a spot to open their restaurant that might not have been the top spots as far as locations go.

Maybe they knew something because the neighborhood developed soon after or maybe it was what Greeks call "Kalo Podariko". Originating for a New Year's Eve good luck omen it was said that the first person to enter a home would signal the coming year's luck.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

It turns out that Anastasia Koutsioukis AKA Mrs. Mandolin and Ahmet Erkaya have brought not only the neighborhood but themselves great luck.

Mandolin Aegean Bistro is a restaurant that caters to the flavors of both sides of the Aegean.

On top of the restaurants success the locals noticed that Mrs. Mandolin would dress very trendy and she was the one who designed the restaurants interior.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

This made Miami's fashion forward crowd look up to her especially since she would be the face of Mandolin. She was the Hostess with the Mostess!

Local newspapers and magazines would interview her asking her where she likes to brunch, where she goes for coffee and just about everything else. She was a trend setter.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

Back to the food. For starters you can choose between Greek or Turkish spreads, horta, stuffed zucchini, grilled octopus or fried calamari to name a few. The tarator dip goes really nice with the calamari.

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You're in Miami and even though some items are flown in from Greece and other parts of the Mediterranean you're getting the freshest local seafood and produce possible.

Mrs. Mandolin knows how to farm and she has made it a point to grow some of the produce used at Mandolin right on the restaurant property.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

All the seafood selections are great but the Branzino from Greece is always first choice for seafood lovers. The Ladolemono (Greek lemon aioli) is what makes this dish. Another popular Greek favorite is of course the lamb chops.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

Even though you won't go wrong with the Branzino (Tsipoura in Greek) or the ever popular Lamb Chops try and drift off the familiar and explore. Especially since you have the chance to try some Turkish dishes from the Aegean region

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

like Kopoglu or the Manti dumplings. Better yet don't order a dish per person but order enough to share. It's a bit more traditional and a lot more fun.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

Speaking of popular dishes you'll for sure want to have coffee and dessert. At Mandolin you can order Greek coffee or Turkish coffee without conflict but don't discuss who invented Baklava. That's still a sensitive topic.

Photos Courtesy of Massala Cha / Brenda Benoît Dudley

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