Hidden in plain site, this Buckhead-level restaurant is serving up healthy tapas and entrees, with a Mediterranean twist. Also, there's a full bar. Just saying.Roya Mediterranean is a rare breed of restaurant. A sort of hidden gem in plain site, it lies between many a chain restaurant, and is unassuming from the road. But one step indoors and it's clear: this is not your average just-outside-Atlanta eatery, and it's certainly nothing like those chains down the street. In fact, it felt much more like Buckhead than we ever could have expected. The space is cool, sleek and dark with elegant decor, tall, cushioned black booths, a full bar and intricate crystal lighting. We were impressed, and we hadn't even seen the menu yet.
So as we watched a plate of Chicken Kabob, with saffron marinated chicken, basmati rice and fresh veggies sail past our table, we were intrigued. And after owner Mario informed us that it was healthy? Well, it was physically impossible to keep our socially unacceptable drooling at bay. Folks, every dish on the menu is like this — from the entrees to the absurdly sharable tapas. And just like a Buckhead-level restaurant, everything is made in-house. This includes the plethora of herbivore-friendly options (think: hummus, tabouli, vegetable kabobs and Eggplant Parmigiana) all the way down to the French fries. Because although much of the menu is Mediterranean-inspired, there are still a slew of more, er, American options. Like Shrimp 'N Grits, or the aforementioned fries. Yes, Roya is a rare form of restaurant indeed.
Crispy Caramelized Pork, $8
Chicken Souvlaki, $8
Shrimp and Grits, $9.50
Baklava with Walnut, $5.75
Tuesday - Thursday, 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, 5 p.m. to 11 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.