An excellent evening. This was the first of I'm certain many visits to this charming restaurant. We were personally welcomed by Yialta, the owner and shown to our seats. Great care was taken to describe the range of Greek food available, but we opted for the Full Meze. We were not disappointed.
We have eaten in several Greek restaurants before and enjoyed Mezes. Howevere this one was different. It was obvious the starters were home made - no mass produced fare like we have had elsewhere. The pitta bread is quite simply amazing - forget the heated up stuff you can buy from Tescos - this was light, fluffy and very, very freshly baked. Perhaps not quite the same quantity of starters as in other Greek Mezes, but the quality more than makes up for it. (Don't panic you will still need a doggy bag by the end!) Aside the pitta bread, other highlights included the taramasalata and the feta cheese & chilli dip..... mmmm!
After that there was various meaty bits - ham, meatballs, sausage, chicken livers and a few other bits, such as haloumi & mushrooms in red wine.
Then we moved onto a selection of fish - mussels, white bait, calamari and a decent sized sea bream. The calamari was amazing. Again none of the factory stuff. This was whole squid which had been cut up and coated in a delicious and light batter - the best I've ever tasted and I love my calamari! The sea bream was beautifully cooked. (Yialta's husband made a point of telling us he he took a lot of interest and pride in sourcing the fish - I wouldn't disagree with him.
Finally, we had a decent selection of cooked meats - lamb chops, sausage, and kebab together with a delicious Greek salad.
This was all accompanied by a decent wine at a fair price.
The price was very reasonable given the quantity and more importantly quality of the food.
We left very happy and will be back.
I mentioned the personal touch on our arrival. It extended to the next day, Yialta rang me to apologise for not having said good-bye. in fairness she had been cooking for a party of 27 so was a bit busy!
She was keen to point out there was more to her restaurant than the Meze. Looking at other diners and what they had, I would agree - but that will be for our return visit.
Anything negative - if the place was empty, I think it could be a bit soulless as the decor and layout is uninspiring. But perhaps Yialta lets the high standard of her cuisine speak for itself.
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