Plano’s Darna Mediterranean market and restaurant

Legacy West will be the location of Darna which will feature an open-concept and combination of a market, restaurant, bar and bakery according to a CultureMap Dallas article which reports, 

 

“The 6,200-square-foot market and eatery, which has been in the works since April 2021, is going into the former Barnes & Noble space at 7700 Windrose Ave. #G-170. According to a release, it’s anticipated to open in June.

 

The new concept is from veteran restaurateur Yaser Khalaf (Mondo Pizza, Baboush in Dallas, Shawarma Bar in Fort Worth), and is described as a celebration of the shops, cafés, street vendors and bazaars that attract people of all ages and cultures to the shores of the Mediterranean.

 

Darna – which means “our house” in Arabic – will cover a wide range of international cuisines, with meat boards, French pastries, Italian/Roman-style pizza, Turkish flatbreads, Middle Eastern kabobs, Moroccan tagines, and Lebanese mezze, while also creating the vibrancy of eccentric markets in the Mediterranean.”

 

The Darna restaurant holds several amazing and extensive options from their menu according to a Dallas Observer article from June 28. They say,  

 

“At the full-service bar they have signature cocktails that enhance the Mediterranean theme. We recommend the Turkish Coffee-Tini ($12) or Marrakesh margarita ($15). While there are domestic options available, most of the wines and beer are from Mediterranean countries.

 

The restaurant staff is friendly and quick to offer explanations or recommendations. Focaccia and pita bread with extra-virgin olive oil is complimentary. To start, try the lamb ragu hummus ($14), loaded with ground lamb and topped with crispy pita chips, pickled onions, blistered tomatoes, saffron yogurt, pomegranate seeds, toasted pine nuts and two pats of Moroccan butter with micro greens on top. Although this dish is great for sharing, it could easily be a meal by itself.

 

The roasted lamb French dip sandwich ($22) is served on a crisp za’atar baguette smeared with lemon tzatziki. Layers of slow-roasted leg of lamb are piled on the bread along with caramelized onions and kashkaval cheese.

 

For a main entrée, the Iskandar kofta kebab ($23) is a great choice, and the presentation of this dish is Instagram-worthy. The bottom of the dish has a buttery tomato sauce that is topped with a combination of seasonal vegetables (zucchini and squash), herbed focaccia bread, shishito peppers and blistered tomatoes. Four pieces of kofta (about 2-inches each) are laid on top with a warm yogurt drizzle. If we ordered it again, the only change we would make would be to have it cooked a little less than well-done, which can be a hard thing to do when cooking skewers on an open flame.”

 

As for its interior design and ambiance, the Darna will be highlighting inspirations from Middle East and North African designs and patterns to create a Mediterranean atmosphere. 

 

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