Walk into Oznot’s Dish, the Mediterranean and Spanish-inspired restaurant at the corner of N.9th & Berry in Williamsburg, and you’re greeted by colorful mosaics, faux Eames chairs, and $5 wine-by-the-glass during happy hour. Gothamist picked up a glass of shiraz at the bar, then sat down with our dining companion, indulging in the Dine-In-Brooklyn offering prix fix ($19.55) three-course meals throughout the borough until April 20th.
Pulling from both its regular menu and seasonal specials, the deal offered starter options, three entrées, and two dessert selections. To start off, Gothamist’s dining companion opted for the mezze, a generous platter of baba ghannoush, hummus, olives, feta cheese, pita chips and grilled naan bread, a wonderful alternative to traditional starter baskets of bread. Gothamist lapped at a bowl of lentil soup with sweet potatoes, accompanied by a side of naan, wishing the soup were saltier and hotter to the touch. The diner at the neighboring table gushed over the salad appetizer option, a mixed green salad with marinated beets, grilled pear, spiced walnuts, and blue cheese.
Gothamist chased our lentil soup starter with the pan seared Moroccan spice rubbed salmon on lentil hash with snow peas and red pepper pesto. The salmon was tender and lightly seared, but not overly done; the lentils were studded with herbs blending, a subtly flavored compliment to the sharp pesto sauce. Across the table, our dining companion enjoyed the cumin marinated chicken breast, grilled and served on basil scented couscous, with mushroom jus and grilled asparagus. The fresh asparagus was the highlight of the dish, lightly grilled and splashed with lemon.
After pacing ourselves through the first two courses, we were more than ready for dessert, trying one each of the sticky walnut date cake and the chocolate decadence cake. The walnut date cake – arrived flooded with a warm, creamy butterscotch sauce, studded with whole walnuts, and full of cinnamon and spices. The chocolate decadence – fatally rich, dolloped with whipped cream and laced with several raspberries, proved a splendid end to a deliciously filling meal -- a bargain impossible to beat for just $19.55.
Oznot's Dish is located at 79 Berry Street in Williamsburg. (718) 599-6596.