A part of what makes going out to a new restaurant so much fun is being able to experience a range of flavors, textures, and smells that you’re not familiar with. But when you sit down in a restaurant that’s foreign to you, not only meaning that you haven’t been there before, but also meaning that the options on the menu are just that — foreign — it can be partly annoying. At ONE29, we love that we can offer the residents of New Canaan and the surrounding communities with unique Mediterranean food that can help you expand your knowledge and love of international foods and flavors. So before you grow frustrated not knowing what certain foods or ingredients are, here are some descriptions of the more unique options we offer.

Labne

Found in our Fork Mashed Horseradish Cream Potatoes, labne is similar to Greek yogurt, but is strained even more to create an extra thick cheese-like dollop of deliciousness. When labne is put on potatoes, it creates a dreamy dish that is perfect as an aperitif.

Mediterranean Food New CanaanSunchokes

Found in our Grilled Mediterranean Branzino (sea bass), the dish is served with roasted sunchokes, sunchoke puree, swiss chard, and cilantro-mint relish. But what are sunchokes? Also known as sunroot, earth apple, or topinambour, sunchokes are a variety of sunflower that can be used in place of potatoes. While you may be confused about references to Jerusalem artichoke, they are actually native to North America.

Yuzu

Found in our North Atlantic Dry Diver Scallops, yuzu is a type of exotic citrus that looks similar to a lemon. The sour and tart fruit is grown in Japan, Korea, and China, and a small amount is grown in California. The juice from a yuza is great in salad dressings and marinades.

Daikon Sprouts

Also found in our scallops entree, daikon sprouts come from the daikon radish. Daikon sprouts are commonly used as a garnish or in salads and have a peppery taste.

Chimichurri Sauce

Found in our Grilled Snow Hill Farm Hangar Steak, chimichurri sauce is made from chopped parsley, garlic, olive oil, oregano, red pepper flakes, and either red or white vinegar. Other spices can be added depending on the recipe, including paprika, cumin, thyme, lemon, basil, or cilantro. You’ll have to guess what’s in our chimichurri sauce.

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Medjool Dates

Found in the Devils on Horseback, Medjool dates is a variety of date that originated in Morocco. This fresh fruit has a sweet, rich, and creamy taste, making them a perfect match for salty bacon, creamy blue cheese, and spicy mustard sauce. These are used in a variety of Mediterranean foods.

Tzatziki

Found in our za’atar flatbread, tzatziki is a type of sauce that is similar to the sauce found in gyros. It is a Greek sauce that is made with strained yogurt, cucumbers, garlic, and often has herbs like dill, mint, or parsley.

Za’atar

The perfect combination for the tzatziki sauce, za’atar is a Middle Eastern spice mixture. Common ingredients include oregano, sumac, cumin, sesame, and ground black pepper. Thyme and marjoram can also be included.

If you’re looking for a unique restaurant serving up delicious Mediterranean food in New Canaan, ONE29 has everything you’re looking for. Come in for a great, family-friendly atmosphere, live music, and new to you foods that we hope will become a standard.