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Tantuni Mediterranean Grill

925 Abrams Rd.
Richardson, Texas 75081


  • 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.
  • Vegetarian Friendly
  • Lunch, Dinner
There’s a new best thing to put on bread. It’s called ezme. It’s spicy, garlicky, acidic and sweet-sour, a lightning bolt to the taste buds. At Tantuni Mediterranean Grill, a Turkish restaurant in Richardson, ezme arrives with bread in a small bowl, looking a deep, arresting red. To prepare ezme, all the ingredients are hand-chopped with a cleaver — tomatoes and tomato paste, garlic, onions, parsley, hot red peppers — and mixed with olive oil, lemon juice and, for a little bit of sweet-sour verve that kicks the whole dip far outside the ordinary, some drops of pomegranate molasses. It’s been a Turkish culinary tradition for ages, a beloved national appetizer. It hasn’t taken over the world yet, but it will soon enough, especially if every restaurant’s version is as good as Tantuni’s. Tantuni’s kebabs are all grilled over charcoal, and in the Adana kebab, ground lamb is blended with parsley, finely diced onions and so much red pepper that the lamb’s juices bleed a thrilling orange onto the plate. A lamb shank arrives bathed in tomato broth and on top of good mashed potatoes whipped with copious black pepper. The lamb is richly flavorful and tender without falling off the bone. Iskender kebab is a similarly oversized bounty of meat and starch featuring doner (gyro) meat atop a bed of bread cubes, with two contrasting sauces: cooling yogurt and peppy tomato.

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