Niva Bishovty-Mazzawai and her brothers are living up to the Mazzawai name. For 37 years their family has been bringing fresh Middle-Eastern and Greek food to the city at local staple the Daily Bread Marketplace. Many customers to the restaurant lived in Doral and were hankering for something similar to open closer to home. They got their wish. Harvest Delights opened almost nine years ago on 79 Ave and 36 Street, moving to its current location seven months ago.
The new spot is on the first floor of a corporate office building with free valet parking on hand. It is extremely spacious and open, with a modern appeal and plenty of seating available both inside and outside. Dark wooden shelves carry a splendid selection of boutique wines from smaller international vineyards. A section in the front offers a variety of grocery items like coffees and teas, along with harder-to-find choices like grape leaves and tahini paste.
Food options are endless at Harvest Delights. You can expect a blend of Italian and Mediterranean dishes, with a focus on the healthy and fresh. For lunch or dinner you can stop by for a delicious sandwich made with only the best Boar’s Head ingredients. Traditional grilled chicken and honey maple ham or turkey sandwiches are available, or try a more original take. “The Cuban,” made with marinated chicken, is a known favorite; or go for the “The Harvest Special” which brings together Italian prosciutto, thick slices of mozzarella or brie and tomatoes, served in a freshly-baked baguette.
Some quick starters will tempt your taste buds. Mezes,or tapas, are numerous and include hummus made from fresh chick peas; no can in sight. Once you have one bite, you’ll taste the difference. Lemon and garlic give the puree some zest. Baba ghanouj is similar, but made from roasted eggplant.
Every soup is vegetable-based, except for the seafood ones, and every day fresh chicken soup is made. Classics like lentil and split pea are offered, along with some alterations for dinner, like pumpkin yogurt.
Middle Eastern delights for the taking include an array of platters. The Mediterranean platter samples stuffed grape leaves, falafel, kibbeh, hummus and tabouli. The shish kabob platter offers grilled beef on a skewer along with two choices of almond rice, steamed veggies, hummus or tabouli. Any platter is great to share among friends after a long day.
And don’t forget about pasta. When in the mood for some Italian favorites you can also choose Harvest Delights. Start off with some fresh bruscheta that can lead to some lobster ravioli or spaghetti bolognese.
Along with all of that and more, a delectable churrasco is also on the menu. This grilled skirt steak is cooked just how you like it and served with some white rice, black beans and of course some chimichurri sauce. Also, be on the lookout for a sensational seafood paella on select Fridays. Just call ahead and ask about any daily specials.
For dessert, it’s a baklava bonanza. The layers of buttery goodness and pistachios drenched in sugar syrup are an irresistible way to end the meal. Also, you have to try the pecan queen. Receive the royal treatment with a warm crown-shaped pecan baklava topped with vanilla ice cream and butterscotch sauce.
Catering is also available for big events like baby showers or rehearsal dinners. Give your guests what they crave with a special buffet-style breakfast, arroz con pollo or a pasta station for dinner. And that’s not all. Plans of bringing live entertainment and dancers to the restaurant in the future are in the works.
You’re sure to become a regular after one visit and tasting the love in this food. Familiar faces are constantly coming back for more and chatting up a storm with the friendly staff. If you have a special order for the chef – if he can do it – he will do it with a smile.
Once you enter through the doors, you are part of the family. Harvest Delights has something for everyone. You can get delivery ordered to your office or kick back with a bottle of wine and stay for a couple of hours. No one is going to mind.
A version of this article was published in MyCityEats.