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Kalamata’a Mediterranean

Written By: Dean Owens

Each time we stroll into a new dining establishment we wonder if we have found a gem or just a rock. When we decided to find some eclectic cuisine near our home in Nashville, TN recently we were thrilled to find just the gem the doctor had ordered. We have a love for Thai, Indian, Japanese, Continental, Barbecue, and just good Ole Southern home style cooking. On this particular day both my wife and I were longing for either Indian or Thai, but when we saw the sign for ‘Kalamatas’ we were both very interested.
We entered the restaurant and were greeted with a line of souls giving their order to the Chef. He then would prepare some of the dish and salad while the hot meat came from another cooking in the kitchen. We, as two who love Mediterranean style cooking generally, ordered a variety of items. When they were delivered to our table, the dishes were as beautiful as they were magnificently flavored.
Of special note was the amazingly fresh pita bread and baba ghanoush. Baba ghanoush is a wonderful concoction of roasted eggplant, olive oil and spices that make it very savory. The key that made this baba ghanoush stand out was its extremely fresh nature and that it was clearly locally created.
Their were a variety of drinks to choose from. Of course, you could get the typical fare. A variety of Coke products were available, coffee, tea and even chilled water. But the item that drew my interest were the specialty sodas made from cane sugar and natural flavors. I had a cherry soda that really was cherry soda. Made with for real cherries! The deserts that were available were a variety of Baklava and other Mediterranean and Middle Eastern pastries.
We arrived at the Brentwood location at about 5pm on a Saturday, and they had live music that was, again, very good.
330 Franklin Rd. Brentwood, TN 37027 (615) 221-4002
3764 Hillsboro Rd., Nashville, TN 37215 (615) 383-8700