On a sunny November Sunday, we went for a walk along the coastline of Peiraias and craved some fishy treats, so we opted for Imerovigli that definitely looked the part: clean-looking, 'happy' atmosphere, buzzing with people and a menu that seemed promising - we didn't need more encouragement to give it a try!
The service was fine, as the waiters were fast, courteous and efficient, especially on such a busy day. The ambiance was ok - another 'modern' tavern with some pop touches - but the music got to be terrible -- βαριά λαϊκά (heavy folky music) with Karras etc on full blast, more akin to a night at the bouzoukia and not a relaxing meal. The food was very, very mediocre to say the least and, overall, though the descriptions sounded good and I believe the price was fair, it was basically tasteless.
- a small carafe of ouzo (fine - you can't go wrong with Apalarina!)
- a skordalia (traditional garlic dip) which was quite nice
- a dakos (a traditional greek dried bread and tomato/feta salad) that lacked oil, seasoning - TASTE basically, and the paksimadi (dried bread) had been soaked in so much water that made it even more tasteless
- prawns wrapped in fyllo with a dip, which was ok if you overlook the fact that we found a looooooooong hair wrapped in the fyllo and fried with it (gross). i regret about not complaining but i felt uncomfortable causing a scene, plus i reasoned with myself that these things do happen... (even if it did put me off the rest of my lunch)
- fried cod-bites, which were also disappointing, as they were overcooked and coated with bread-crumbs that had turned a dark brown color... they looked like little sad pieces of charcoal (they actually reminded me of something else, far less appetising than even charcoal is,but i'm being kind here). why one would present cod, which is - again - traditionally deep fried in batter and ends up looking like golden croquettes full of yum, is beyond me...
- fried gavros (anchovy-like small fish), totally indifferent, neither good or bad, on the tasteless side, definitely lacking salt and pepper and not as pipping hot and fresh tasting as it should.
The price was 42,5Euros which I believe is quite fair for the *kind* of food we had and the location but, overall, it was definitely not a good meal and it did not deliver what it promised... Apart from the hair in the prawn, the rest was not 'positively' bad, but it was certainly nothing to write home about - very mediocre and lacking anything special.
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