120 W 25th Ave San Mateo, CA
We at Tannourine are proud to offer either hot “mezza” or cold “mezza,” served along with our most popular beverages. Tannourine also features various Lebanese wines, beers and soft drinks.
What is a “mezza?” Traditionally, throughout the Eastern Mediterranean, from Greek to Lebanon, dining on “meze” – or “mezze” and ”maza” respectively -is a way of life that traces its roots to the beginnings of recorded history. The tradition is deeply rooted and is an expression of something Greeks hold dear: socializing (i.e., talking) over a few plates of simple tasty food, letting the wine or spirits flow and savoring the liberating, gratifying effects of the meal and drink together.
The word itself means “middle,” as in “middle-of-the day,” or between meals, because the “meze table is not routinely considered a setting for a full meal. Rather it is something that is eaten mid-day or before dinner. Usually known as little “tidbits” served on small plates to Westerners, these “tidbits” bear a striking resemblance to appetizers or tapas. But there is where the similarity ends. “Mezza” differs from tapas in that “mezza” are traditionally not bar food as is tapas. Tapas dining is always followed by dinner once socializing and bar hopping ends and everyone heads for their reservation. On occasion a “mezza” can be the entire dinner. Thus “meze”, “mezza” dining is an experience shared throughout the Mediterranean, where small savory plates of food are enjoyed in a convivial atmosphere, where friends and family join in the sharing of food and drink; in an unrushed, unhurried environment.
Tannourine “mezza” comprises of such dishes as “kebbeh” (pronounced “kibbi”) served with a refreshing yogurt sauce, dips such as Hommus, Baba Ghannouj, Tabbouleh, grape vine rolls (consisting of meat or parsley), and various savory pastries such as Baklava or puddings.
The Tannourine family is pleased to offer all the flavors of the Mediterranean because it is prepared by a people who themselves love good food as well as good company. We invite you to join us for lunch or dinner.