When you walk into a restaurant and the aroma jump starts your salivary glands, that's a good indicator of the treasures ahead. And that's what happened last night.
We've lived in the Daytona/Ormond Beach area for about 5 years. We've always said,"We need to stop there sometime..." As we drove by Dimitri's. But no longer!
The menu was not the most extensive, but it represented Greek cuisine fairly well. No one genre over-emphasized. Seafood, lamb and chicken souvlaki. Greek chicken soup. Salads. It took me nearly 15 minutes to decide. LOL!
I went with the lamb shank. It's a great litmus test. If a Greek eatery can't do a shank well, then they might as well just call themselves a "Mediterranean themed" restaurant.
My wife opted for the chicken souvlaki, with rice and a side of tzitiki sauce. The chicken was perfect! Juicy but not undercooked. Marinated to perfection before grilling. The rice was flavorful and a good consistency. My wife thought the Tzitiki sauce was a bit too "spicy" or "garlicky". I thought it was perfect.
As I said, I had the lamb shank with the roasted potatoes. For an appetizer I chose the Dolmades (Stuffed grape leaves). No joking... the absolute best grape leaves I've ever had! And I've had grape leaves ALL OVER the world. The leaves were tender, but not mushy. The ground lamb and rice, inside, were perfectly spiced. The sauce covering the leaves was a cheese or cream sauce that added to the flavor, without over powering the grape leaves.
The lamb was, as the menu stated, "broiled to a "fall of the bone" tenderness". They weren't kidding! Not too fatty and very tender.
My lovely AJ had a sparkling wine. I had a glass of retsina and a "shot" of ouzo. The shot was more like 2.5 shots of a good ouzo. The retsina (an acquired taste, I admit.) was chilled just right.
Now for the only negatives: Not enough wait staff. And the waiter we had was totally wired. Meth? Coke? I don't know. The Owner did come over and ask us if everything was fine with our waiter. Evidently it was the waiter's 3rd day on the job, and he had messed up many orders. Dimitri dismissed the waiter and the other wait staff picked up the slack. Dimitri threw in an extra piece of Baklava for us and apologized sincerely. We didn't blame the owners, it's one of the hazards of hiring wait staff in central Florida. (Side note: If anyone is looking for a wait staff position, Dimitri is hiring!)
All in all, a very good eating experience. Drink are pricey but not overpriced. The food is reasonably priced and the dishes are very generous. We will return!
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