How do you break the ice on a first date while waiting for the main course? Most restaurants have starters that can be messy and don’t allow for conversation. It’s hard to be romantic when you are trying to navigate greasy finger foods.
At Nerai, appetizers abound that allow you to enjoy yourselves and talk leisurely while enjoying decadent starters that don’t require a pile of paper napkins on the side. Try any of the following while you wait for your perfectly prepared entree, and take the time to get to know one another!
- A plate of warm, enticing pita bread paired with three spreads chosen from an array of six possibilities is ideal. It’s finger food without the mess, and you can decide together which spreads to choose; mild hummus, spicy feta, traditional tzatziki, fava, skordalia or tamara.
- Chips Nerai is another wonderful choice – a Nerai specialty, these crisp fried slices of zucchini and eggplant are served with a tasty tzatziki sauce and provide a new twist on a familiar type of food.
- Crab cakes prepared from jumbo lump Maryland crab with a mastiha remoulade or smoked eggplant with parsnip chips, ouzo yogurt and roasted red peppers are other choices that are exotic but not too alarming if she’s not familiar with Mediterranean fare.
- For the more adventurous, try the stuffed calamari with lemon oil, feta and cilantro pesto, or dive into the grilled octopus with chickpeas, red pepper and latholemono. Alternately, enjoy the Fisherman’s Carpaccio, ouzo marinated cucumbers with olive jus and yogurt foam.
- Traditional Greek choices include saganaki, pan fried kefalograviera with lemon; or spinach pies made with filo, feta, mixed greens and ouzo yogurt dip.
- For hearty appetites, or those who plan to order a smaller entrée, the decadent duck moussaka is an excellent choice; it is prepared with roasted potato and eggplant layers and served with a delicious kefalotiri béchamel.
Whether you and your date have both tried modern Greek cuisine before, or are virgins to the delights of our cooking, Nerai is certain to become a place you will visit again, thanks to appetizers that delight all of your senses and prepare you for a comfortable meal in each other’s company!