September 9, 2009
Olives (Courtesy of Microsoft Clip Art)
Kalamatas are olives of rich and fruity flavor. Kalamata is a city in Greece. Luckily, Nashville has its own version of Kalamatas—nestled in Brentwood Place Shopping Center.
Enter the front door of Kalamatas. Mediterranean cuisine awaits. Traditional Middle-Eastern music plays in a relaxed and warm ambience. Approach the food counter to place an order. Behind the glass counter, one can find Ghada Fawaz (owner) greeting, smiling, conversing, and serving her clients. As evidenced by Ghada’s conversations, return customers are abundant. The selection of food is well-displayed and enticing. Sweet decadent desserts, located conveniently in front of the cash register, entice customers to make one final purchase prior to check out.
Fresh pizzettas (hand-made personal-sized pizzas with a Mediterranean touch) are made daily with a perfect mix of spices and ingredients such as olive oil, tomatoes, garlic, basil, parmesan and mozzarella cheese. Fresh produce and Mediterranean imported ingredients provide Kalamatas dishes a well-balanced savory perfection. The hummus, Greek salad, and vinaigrette dressing are a few house specialties. If you enjoy a light, creamy hummus, Kalamata will not leave you disappointed. Hummus is served with a choice of warm, soft white or wheat pita bread. The tabouleh (fresh parsley salad) is perfectly balanced with parsley, tomatoes, cracked wheat, red onions, lemon juice and olive oil. A flavorful explosion awaits the palette of patrons. The Mediterranean sampler is a great way to sample a variety of appetizers. The sampler includes tabouleh, hummus, grape leaves, Greek salad, and fresh warm pita bread (which melts in your mouth). The grape leaves are smooth and tightly wrapped around seasoned rice and vegetable medley, served with a yogurt based sauce (tzatziki) for dipping.
The menu includes fresh fish and daily specials, appetizers, soups, salads, sandwiches (Gyro pockets, grilled chicken, falafel pockets and more.), entrees (Gyro plates, kabobs), and decadent desserts. Items by the pound may be purchased for convenience. Items by the pound selection includes hummus, tabouleh, grape leaves, and House chicken salad—convenient for parties or dinner guest. The beverage selection consists of non-alcoholic drinks. Alcohol is not available for purchase on the premises. Customers may bring their own wine and charged a corkage fee—which is donated to local charities.
Live music is available on Friday and Saturday evenings from 5:30 pm to 8:30 pm. Latin, acoustic, jazz, and romance-style melodies are savored and enjoyed by customers. In addition to Kalamatas in Brentwood, a second location is managed and owned by Ghada's brother Maher Fawaz, located at 3764 Hillsboro Road, Nashville, TN 37215.
Kalamatas provides fresh, health-conscious meals with delightful flavors. The menu is reasonably priced and quality is assured. The interior décor is warm, uncluttered, relaxing and immaculate. Enjoy your visit.
Brentwood Place Shopping Center
330 Franklin Road
Brentwood, TN 37027
Monday – Thursday
11:00 am – 8:00 pm
Friday and Saturday
11:00 am – 9:00 pm
For more info: www.eatatkalamatas.com