For a belated valentine treat, we decided to try Santali, which is only blocks from our home. We wish we had done so long ago!
While we were concerned that we would not be able to find parking - and certainly not handicapped parking - if one drives around to 19th street and enters from the driveway there are many spaces behind the restaurant. The restaurant and the Italian one beside it are located in an awkward portion of Edmonds Street, but the space has been managed well. Parking really was okay.
We were pleasantly surprised at the welcoming ambiance and attractive décor once one steps off Edmonds Street into Santali's. The rooms are clean, tidy and tastefully decorated without clutter. There is room for tables to be placed far enough apart that one does not feel as if dining back to back with those at the table behind.
The food was more than ample, nicely prepared, and fresh. We both had the lamb shoulder and found it moist and nicely seasoned. The pre dinner salad was accompanied by warm, soft pita bread, and the vegetables with the dinner were perfectly cooked. The potato was not what I have grown to expect as traditional roasted Greek potato, but was nicely seasoned, moist and a good accompaniment to the lamb along with the rice. Oh, yes, the rice! It was moist, and actually flavorful! – Not the tasteless rice that often is served with lamb. It had a slightly buttery flavor and I ate at least half of it, whereas I usually leave the rice on the plate. The tzatziki was particularly tasty and we made sure to save some to brighten up our leftover lamb and rice lunch tomorrow. No room for dessert!
Wait staff were appropriate, on the job, and pleasant without being intrusive. Prices were average, and we both felt as if we received very good value for our money.
We will definitely be back, and will recommend Santali to others.