When is the phrase “gloppy, mushy pile of meat and other miscellany” ever used to describe appetizing food? When one is talking about the moussaka ($14, $9 at lunch) served up by Ansari’s Mediterranean Grill & Lounge in Eagan. Ansari’s, a charmingly converted Baker’s Square tucked behind a Dairy Queen on a quiet back road, takes this traditional Greek entree to the upper ranks of thoroughly satisfying comfort food.
How do they do it? By layering seasoned eggplant, cinnamon-tinged ground beef, and a downy sheet of cheesy egg custard, then baking it all together. The blimpy heap of goodness is then draped in a zesty tomato sauce that snaps harmoniously against the mellowness of the custard. The ground beef is minced, so much, in fact, that it has a velvety texture that melds nicely with the soft meatiness of the eggplant.
The dish arrived at the table steaming hot, a tubby mound so soft and jiggly it could have been served in a bowl and eaten with a spoon, like porridge. Mmmm… gloppy has never tasted so good.
Ansari’s is the sister restaurant to Eagan mainstay Mediterranean Cruise Cafe, which opens in a new Burnsville location at 12500 Nicollet Ave. today. Bellydancers hit the floor Thursday through Saturday at 8 and 9pm.
Mediterranean in Eagan
1960 Rahncliff Ct.
Eagan, MN 55122
OWNER: Jamal Ansari
RESERVATIONS / RECOMMENDED: No
VEGETARIAN / VEGAN: Yes / Yes
ENTREE RANGE: $7-$17