A delightful dip into a renewed ocean of flavor

In the heart of downtown Tampa, Kurdi’s is a draw for anyone looking for a unique fine dining experience. And they’ve just opened their doors to show off their new look, their new menu, and their new feel. The half-Jordanian chef, Heveen Kurdi, in collaboration with Chef Fred Behner, whips up a magnificent dinner and caters to any kind of dietary restrictions you could possibly have. No matter who you are, or who you bring with you, everyone will have a perfect taste of the Mediterranean.

Atmosphere

Before we even walked in the door at their special event, there was a live band playing outside which we enjoyed profusely. The Bob Hope Band delighted the crowd, even if (or especially since?) they did ham it up from time to time. Walking into the restaurant proper, the first thing one sees is the full bar. To the right is the dining area with the host podium in front of it. The beautiful, white decor is just as welcoming and friendly as the staff!

Food

After being seated, we looked over the menu. It was difficult to decide what to get since everything looked so good, but eventually we figured it out. Especially after it was discovered that the kitchen was willing to prepare something special for vegans and pescetarians.

Fattoush Salad

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A chopped salad of lettuce, red cabbage, tomatoes, cucumbers, onions, parsley and radishes tossed with a pomegranate vinaigrette. Delicious, and perfect for either a side, or a vegan main dish.

Mixed Grill Platter

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This was a traditional Middle Eastern kebab dinner with one skewer each of beef tenderloin, chicken breast, and kufta served with rice and a speciality arugula salad. Look at it. Just look at it! It’s as much a feast for the eyes as for the tongue!

Chicken Shawarma Wrap

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This wrap came from their lunch menu and it included thinly sliced, marinated chicken breast, tomatoes, pickles, and garlic sauce. It’s seen here served with their delicious French fries (which are even more irresistible when dipped in the garlic sauce), but it also has a salad option.

Grilled Moroccan Lamb

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Moroccan spiced lamb with arugula salad, grilled scallops and basmati rice. Another dish that looks as good as it tastes. Perfectly cooked, spiced, and sauced.

Scallop Sto'Vo'Kor

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Someone in our group happened to be pescetarian. The staff had not heard of that dietary option before, but it was easily explained and this is what they whipped up. (I made up the name.)

Grilled scallops, shrimp, quinoa, and micro greens in a tomato water sauce. For something that was literally thrown together on the spot, this was amazing. You definitely shouldn’t worry about going to Kurdi’s if you have any kind of special dietary requirements.

People

Aside from being accommodating to our particular needs, the staff was friendly and inviting. We met the chef, Heveen Kurdi, who introduced all the meal options of the night and then we were made privy to several future events that they have planned. Beer dinners are scheduled in March, where local craft beers are paired perfectly with special dishes, and the Bob Hope Band is scheduled to appear at least one more time on March 11. You can keep up with their events here.
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Chef Fred Behner, Chef Heveen Kurdi, and Shannon Quinn work hard to give you some of the best tastes that Tampa has to offer.

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The Bob Hope Band is a staple at Kurdi’s. Follow Kurdi’s events page to find out when they’re going to appear next. It’s always a treat when they do!

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Phone
813-223-5800

Address
777 N. Ashley Dr., Suite B, Tampa, FL 33602

Directions
Skypoint Building – Corner of Polk and Tampa Streets

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