We pretty much enjoy everything the Mandolin team does. So we were pretty bummed to hear that Gregory’s, their new diner concept inside MiMo’s Vagabond Hotel, closed. But that bad news came with some good news too: the space would be turned into Mr. Mandolin, a fast-casual Greek place.
Mr. Mandolin opened Monday, June 22, with a menu of gyros, kebabs, pies, dips, salads, and sides like rice pilaf and some incredibly crispy fries. There’s some overlap with the original Mandolin menu, but Mr. Mandolin’s food is mostly original and has plenty of stuff you can’t get at their sister restaurant - like swordfish kebabs and a warm tahini bun that deserves its own theme song. The restaurant is currently only open for takeout and delivery, and you can place an order online. We stopped by the new spot on the day it opened to try a few things, which you can read about below.
- Lamb And Beef Gyro: Gyro filling options include chicken, pork, and a lamb/beef mix. We went with lamb and beef and don’t regret a thing. These gyros are stuffed with just the right amount of filling and it all comes resting in a warm, soft pita.
- Swordfish Lavash Wrap: This is similarly constructed to the gyro, except skinnier. The grilled stick of swordfish comes with sumac, parsley, and onions, and the whole thing is wrapped tightly inside a lavash, which is slightly thinner than a pita. It is something we will most definitely be eating again.
- Pulled Lamb Pie: The real MVP of the savory pie is the pastry itself, which is light and flaky and perfectly baked. It’s also huge (which is a good thing) and could probably be split as a side between three people.
- Hummus: The smallest size hummus you can order is a pint, so expect to have leftover hummus unless you’re feeding a fairly large family or happen to be a competitive hummus eating champion. The dips come with grilled pita for free or crudités for an extra charge.
- Warm Tahini Bun: Everything you need to know about this is really in the name. It’s warm. It’s a bun. And it’s stuffed generously with a sweet tahini filling. Please order this. And then write us a vivid email about how much you loved it.
- Loukoumades: If you happen to not be a huge tahini fan, this is a solid dessert option too. These are little fried balls of dough soaked in chocolate, cinnamon, and chopped nuts.