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Avli: A Disappointment

estragon | | Feb 17, 2008 01:41 PM

I'd had one good meal at Avli a couple of years ago, and had seen many recommendations here... so off we went last night for a second visit.

There won't be a third.

The good: the service was terrific. Charming waiter with a great sense of humour.

The bad: um, the food. The dips: melizanosalata had way too much vinegar, taramosalata was mayonnaisy. Kopanisti was OK, but nothing to write home about. Horiatiki salad was OK, but this is not the right time of year for tomatoes.

Lamb pie: nice crust, but not a whole lot of flavour. Bland, bland, bland. Pork tenderloin, same thing: huge piece, but did they forget to marinate? The rice was nice -- a mix of white and wild, with nuts -- but that's about it.

Oh well. Back to Pantheon for simple, straightforward mezedes, etc.