West Reading Avenues Winter 2020-2021 - 28

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By. Zach Brown, Berks County Eats

T

hough I have been doing this blog for more than six
years, I still get excited about every new restaurant that
opens up. Most times I wait a little bit before I visit,
but every now and then there's a place that I can't wait to try.

That was the case with Mazi Greek Inspired, West Reading's
new fine dining destination.

On the plate were two wedges of feta cheese, lightly seared and
topped with sesame seeds, a basil leaf and a drizzle of honey.
With them were pita points - delicious on their own, but a
perfect match for the soft cheese. I've found that feta can be
overpowering at times, but here it was perfect. Between the
sear and the sweet honey drizzle, the creamy cheese almost
ate like a dessert.

Mazi opened in August in the former Bistro 614 along Penn
Avenue. We never made it to Bistro 614 before it closed in 2019
so I can't speak to what the space looked like before, but the
new restaurant is beautiful.

Along with the appetizer, we were also given two slices of olive
bread with oil for dipping. The bread was very good, obviously
freshly made. The slices were just big enough to give us a good
taste without filling us up for our meals to come.

Creamy gold cushioned benches line the mirrored walls, filling
the room with a golden hue. Beautiful stained glass sits above
the large picture window, which accordions open to bring an
alfresco feel to patrons inside.
It's an impressive place, for sure, with an impressive menu to
match.

For my meal, I ordered the lamb shank yvetsi, braised lamb shank
served over a plate of tomato orzo. The lamb was delicious, but
it was even better soaked in the juicy tomato sauce from the
orzo. I heard a waiter at another table describe it as fall-off-thebone. It was delicious, but it certainly didn't fall off the bone.

Julie and I haven't had a true date night since February so we
came in prepared to splurge. It started with an appetizer: the
sesame feta.
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It was also a lot of food and about half of the shank came
home with me (the waitress took the plate, boxed and bagged
it up for me, and sat it down between our table and the empty
table next to ours to limit contact).



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