Pasta and pita under the same roof? At Harvest Delights, you can sate your carb cravings with an international menu from the family that founded Miami’s Daily Bread. The large modern space in the new CityPlace Doral also has a spacious covered patio with lots of plants and low couches with hookah pipes. The interior is sleek and done in neutral tones with shelves filled with bottles of wine, a small full bar, and pastries, chocolate bonbons and boxes of Turkish delights. Middle Eastern music is on the sound system and there is a belly dancer Saturday night undulating between tables.
Start With These Dishes
Order a cup of tangy pumpkin yogurt soup with nutmeg that tastes sweet and buttery. On Fridays, get the creamy seafood bisque. There’s also bruschetta and Parmesan cheese on toasted baguette, hummus and pita, lemony grape leaves wrapped up with an earthy mixture of rice and ground beef or labneh (strained yogurt cheese). Order three satisfyingly crispy falafel balls or kibbeh, a small, football-shaped fried croquette stuffed with ground beef, pine nuts and onions, seasoned with cinnamon and allspice. At lunch there are sandwiches, beef shawarma and falafel pita wraps, as well as kebabs and churrasco skirt steak.
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Share With These Dishes
Middle Eastern meals are communal and should be enjoyed with glasses of Lebanese Almaza pilsner. The dinner menu has a crave-filling sampler platter with stuffed grape leaves, falafel, kibbeh, hummus, and lemony tabbouleh. The shish tawook platter includes a big, juicy chicken kebab with steamed vegetables and almond rice. Or get the shish kebab platter with grilled beef tenderloin.
Share a charcuterie and cheese platter that includes prosciutto, soujuk (cured beef sausage) with an intense flavor and aroma, and kefalotiri, a hard, salty sheep’s milk cheese. Or share the aromatic and citrusy za’atar-crusted lamb. Merguez is a spicy Moroccan lamb sausage with harissa hot sauce, cooked with onions, red and green peppers, garlic and lemon. Leaving North Africa to Italy, there’s gulf shrimp pasta with artichoke hearts, sun-dried tomatoes, zucchini and feta in garlic wine sauce.
Save Room for Dessert
Get the homemade kenafi made with kataifi (shredded phyllo) and slightly sweet cheese, served warm and soaked in orange blossom syrup and chopped pistachios. Also, there’s the pecan baklava with vanilla ice cream and caramel sauce.
What Makes It Special
Owner Niva Mazzawi runs the restaurant with her two brothers. The siblings are following in the footsteps of their late parents who opened the respected Daily Bread in the 1970s. The family is from Nazareth and for decades have brought a taste of the Middle East to South Florida with traditional and updated dishes. Chef Pedro Stephen is Syrian Venezuelan, a trained architect who took up cooking as a passion and vocation. Harvest is a family-owned oasis of Middle Eastern food in an area of franchised fare.
If You Go
Place: Harvest Delights Mediterranean restaurant
Address: 3470 NW 82nd Ave., Suite #105, CityPlace Doral
Hours: Monday-Wednesday 8 a.m.-9 p.m., Thursday, Friday and Saturday 8 a.m.-10 p.m.
Prices: Breakfast $4-$9 Soups $4-$6 Starters $3-$6 Sandwiches $8-$12 Salads $4-$11 Platters $9-$16 Pastas $9-$15 Entrees $13-$18