Hey friends! I hope you’re all having a lovely week. I’m excited to share my latest restaurant review with you guys because it’s a great unlimited brunch option in the DMV. I also think it’s going to be beneficial because I’m assuming many of you are hitting up Tysons Corner to do your holiday shopping.
If you find yourself in the area, definitely make sure to stop by Agora’s new location – it’s about a 5 minute drive from the Galleria so it’s close. Parking sucks, but they have complimentary valet so it’s not a problem.
If you live in DC, you may already be familiar with Agora because they have a location in Dupont. Their brunch menus are almost identical, but the Tysons restaurant is a few dollars cheaper because it doesn’t come with bottomless mimosas. You can purchase mimosas or Bloody Marys separately for $3 though, and coffee and Turkish tea are included in the unlimited deal, which is $34.99 per person. Obviously, everyone in your group has to participate, but I honestly think it’s a steal.
To start, I got an order of their Turkish coffee ($3) because I was curious. This isn’t included in the unlimited deal because it takes a LONG time to make – the coffee mentioned above is regular coffee – but it’s worth trying if you’re big into espresso.
I got mine with orta sekerli, which means medium sugar, and I thought it was really interesting. The coffee was strong so I don’t recommend getting it with no sugar but to each their own. The waiter brought it out on this cool tray so they get an A+ for presentation.
Although I was brunching alone, I got a bunch of different plates to sample so I could give you guys the 411. They had several spreads available, but my waiter recommended the htipiti and the baba ghanouj so that’s exactly what I got. Their labneh’s also phenomenal though – I’ve tried it at their Dupont location, and I would’ve gotten it again, but I was afraid it’d be too much food so I figured it’d be better to just try something new.
Their baba ghanouj is made with smoked eggplant, garlic, tahini, lemon juice and olive oil, while the htipiti has chunks of roasted red peppers, feta, thyme, and olive oil. They bring out warm bread for you to enjoy with your spreads, and it’s a great way to kick off your meal. They have 5 total so I recommend going with a big group of friends so you can try everything on their menu.
Next up, their grilled cheese sandwich. This is something I’d recommend for those of you going with younger kids. It’s toasted sourdough stuffed with swiss and cheddar that’s served with a side of tomato marmalade. Now don’t get me wrong, this was delicious, but it wasn’t anything special, which is why I think you should save room for other dishes. It definitely was a solid sammy though!
It wouldn’t be brunch without benedicts. You have two options to choose from at Agora: salmon and pastirma. I’ve actually never heard of the latter, but apparently it’s cured beef loin. I kind of regret not trying it because I have smoked salmon all the time, but no biggie, I’ll just get it the next time I go. Note: this dish comes with a side of home fries, but I passed on them because I got the AYCE option and didn’t want to fill up – just letting you guys know in case you want to order a la carte.
Next up is one of my favorite dishes from Agora: their manchego omelette. It doesn’t look particularly exciting, but it was honestly one of the best omelettes I’ve had in a while. It was stuffed with cheese, fresh basil, and tomatoes. The egg was nice and fluffy, and it had the perfect amount of filling inside. I feel like restaurants often under or overdo it, and there’s nothing I dislike more than a soggy omelette! Who’s with me?
And last but not least, their sujuklu pide – this was my other favorite dish by the way. This flat bread was topped with Turkish beef sausage, mozzarella and pesto. It was really quite delicious, and I would’ve been happy just having this as a main. Again, my photo doesn’t really do it justice, but I promise that you’ll love it. Think of it as Turkish pizza!
Alright friends, I hope you enjoyed reading all about Agora’s brunch! If you have any questions regarding their food, feel free to reach out. This restaurant’s a really nice place for any and every occasion, whether you want to celebrate a birthday with a group of friends or enjoy an intimate meal with your long time SO.
The interior’s also very instagram-worthy so you’ll definitely want to snap a pic or two for social. Happy eating friends! Remember to check back soon for new content, and in the meantime, enjoy our Virginia tab!