Anyway the miserable weather meant we were so ready for a bit of Mediterranean magic. The restaurant was bustling and very busy reminiscent of a Greek taverna. We had an aperitif; Athens lager for Charis and Steve and I had a vodka and cranberry and we discussed what to eat. The easiest option was to go for the trapezi which is a sharing meny and meant we could have a taste of most things.
We started off with some meze:
Saganaki with peppered figs - very yummy the salty cheese contrasting with the sweet jammy figs
Taramosalata - a fresh white colour instead of the usual gaudy pink. It was a bit too fishy at first but the more we ate it the more moreish it became especially with the warm pitta bread
Pickled octopus on a bean salad - octopus was not chewy and the vinegary pickle was a nice contrast to the other fishy, sweet, meaty flavours of the meze
Pork belly croquettes - crispy and meaty with shreds of slow cooked pork belly encased in mashed potato and a golden crumb
Carrot salad - Dutch purple carrots and the usual orange ones with a tomato and feta dressing. I don't like carrots so just had a bit of the tomato sauce. Charis and Steve finished all the carrots though so must have been good.
Our fish dishes consisted of grilled swordfish with a tomato salsa and scallops baked with garlic breadcrumbs. I loved the golden garlic breadcrumbs. Charis found them too salty but I liked that as I felt it seasoned the scallops. The swordfish was perfectly cooked and was still moist which is difficult to do with swordfish particularly as these pieces were at least an inch thick.
Next came the psistaria ke sto fourno which is basically meat from the spit and oven. We had chicken and lamb that was garlicky and herby and came with a tangy tzatziki, wedge of lemon, fennel and cabbage slaw and crunchy golden chips. Simple Mediterranean flavours but done exceptionally well. We were all smiling and our leftovers were packed up in two small tubs for us to take home and put in a sandwich!
Dessert was glyka which are warm Greek doughnuts with honey and crushed walnuts. Delicious but just too much after the previous courses. Having said that Steve managed three! A scoop of vanilla ice cream would have been great with these as they were just too sweet on their own.
We all agreed it was a delicious meal and excellent value. Definitely a place to return especially on a group as it's a great place to share food. Our waiter talked to us about other restaurants in the group based in the CBD such as a Lebanese one which is newly opened as well as the famous Press Club which is the George's flagship restaurant. I guess watch this space is an apt way of leaving this as we may well get to those during our time here!