Nunu’s Mediterranean Cafe and Market
So I continue my search to find places to eat out with healthy food. I’m always hearing about how the Mediterranean diet is supposed to be healthy, so I’m taking the advice and trying to include Nunu’s in my regular restaurant rotation. The location is extremely convenient if you live in the Northwest part of OKC. It’s just about a half-mile west from Quail Springs Mall right on Memorial.
I already have my regular Greek restaurant that I enjoy, so it has taken me a while to try another. The selection at Nunu’s is pretty well-rounded. There are many salads, sandwiches, soups and specialty plates from which to choose.
The first time I went, I was struck dumb with my age 40-plus condition of not being able to make a decision. So I played it safe and went with the Fatoosh, a Labanese toasted bread salad ($6.75, $10.75 with chicken – see a pic). I thought it was delicious with lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green onion, parsley and toasted pita chips. It was sprinkled with Zahtar (a mixture of thyme, sumac and sesame seeds), mint, lemon juice and olive oil. It was very “herby,” light and tangy, which I loved. It leaned just a touch on the dry side with all of the herbs and pita. I kept thinking I needed to go ask for a little more dressing, but didn’t.
Ever on the lookout for a palatable vegetarian dish, Mom went with the Veggie Sampler Plate ($9.95 – see a pic). This was a lot of food, and she took more than half home for the next day. It came with lentil soup, lentil and rice pilaf, a veggie cabbage roll, tabouli, hummus dip and pita bread. The soup was steaming hot and tasty, and she said the hummus was the best she’s had in a long time.
The prices may seem a little high, especially for lunch, but you’re really getting two meals, in my opinion, because there is a lot of food. One of their specialties is the Beef Tenderloin Kabob ($15.95), which they say is the best in the metro area. Next time I go I will take my carnivore husband and see what he thinks.
The times I have been in, the small dining area has eventually filled up for lunch. The owner and employees seem to enjoy talking to the customers about their experiences to see enjoying the food. Nunu’s also caters, and from the conversation I overheard, it seems like they are most willing to work within whatever kind of price range you set for your event. All of Nunu’s recipes have been handed down to her from her family.
There is a small Mediterranean market in the back of the dining area. It is fun to look at the spices and candies they sell. Though it’s not as big as the market at Mediterranean Deli, it’s good to have another option in case I ever venture into this kind of cooking.
If you enjoy Mediterranean food, Nunu’s is definitely worth a try. Pricing may be a little higher than some but the portion sizes and delightful atmosphere are worth in, in my opinion. There is a lot to explore on the menu here. Leave us a comment and let us know what you’ve tried and what you think.