I am a big fan of Greek food, so naturally for Winterlicious I knew that I had to visit a Greek restaurant. I made a reservation for myself and 6 friends, and I was impressed by the attentive service we received when we arrived for dinner. On this evening it was snowing heavily and it was freezing, but once we entered the restaurant we found the ambiance cozy and inviting. A great reprieve from a winter storm.
Dinner was a pre fixe menu of 3 courses for $25. Here are the dishes we ordered. Note that several of these items are no longer available (not on their menu anymore).
Kolokithokeftedes: Zucchini croquettes with feta, kefalograviera cheese and fresh herbs. I found them to be overcooked and lacking in flavor. I could not taste the feta cheese, and that was a huge disappointment for me because I love feta cheese.
Floured Calamari: Tender calamari lightly fried and served with lemon. I love calamari and I found these pieces to be tender and a good portion size. There is nothing worse than chewy and thin pieces of calamari.
Seafood Risotto: tiger shrimp, scallops and calamari with saffron and wild mushrooms risotto finished with sancerre wine. A friend ordered this and did not like it much. She found the risotto to be overcooked and with a mushy-like texture. And there were no shrimps. That said, this item is no longer on their menu.
Pan Chicken Souvlaki: Cuts of chicken breast grilled and served with new mini potatoes, rice,
pan seared vegetables and mixed greens. I ordered this as my main and I was not impressed. My issues with it was that I found the chicken to be a little dry, the vegetables were not seasoned well, and the salad an afterthought. I also prefer lemon potatoes over the mini new potatoes. The dish was not bad, but it was not memorable.
Soutzoukakia Smyrneika: Pan’s aromatic ground beef meatballs seasoned with cumin and topped with a tomato sauce. Served with asparagus and mashed potatoes. Quite a few people ordered this dish and I regret not ordering it as well. The meat was tender, the asparagus had enough of a crunch and freshness to balance out the sweetness of the tomato sauce and the soft texture of the mashed potatoes and ground beef.
Karidopita: Honey Walnut cake. I don’t have much of a sweet tooth so I can’t really comment on the desserts. Overall I find that Greek desserts have too much honey. Though my guests really enjoyed their dessert.
Flourless Belgian Chocolate Torte: A rich, dense homemade chocolate mousse. Rich chocolate with whip cream. Hard to go wrong.
Galaktoboureko: Custard wrapped with a thin layer of phyllo pastry. I love custard so I had to get this dessert. I enjoyed the custard but did not care for the phyllo part as it felt too soggy rather than crunchy.
Overall my guests and I enjoyed our dinner. The service was great, the ambiance was warm, the Winterlicious menu offered many choices to choose from, and the food was good value. There were no memorable dishes, but we were content with the food and ate everything. Oh wait, I did not eat the bell peppers and the salad. I dislike eating both. But that is a personal preference. 🙂