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Dio Deka, not everything I had hoped


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Dio Deka, not everything I had hoped

Judith | | Aug 10, 2008 08:21 AM

Despite my passion for all things Greek, it took us forever to try Dio Deka, mainly because the word on the street was that it's very noisy, which as it turns out, it isn't. At least not as noisy as I was led to believe. What it also wasn't was as fantastic as I had heard. We had the lamb chops and they are truly wonderful, huge and perfectly done on a bed of spinach, with three big chunks of perfectly fried potatoes. And the service was unquestionably professional and attentive, although you would expect that for the price, which is high. And even though the place was full, we were pleasantly not rushed.

I was, however, unimpressed by the mezes. We got a little bowl of pita with no offer for a refill. The tarama came in a very (very) junior scoop, and wasn't even as good as the taramasalata we get in a jar at the International Market, much less the creamy wonderful stuff they serve at the Athena Grill. The octopus was OK, six pieces for four people, why do they do that . . . I'd almost prefer four. Ultimately mezes are the measure of a good Greek restaurant, and they shouldn't skimp.

The place really doesn't seem at all Greek. The cooks do sport Greek fisherman caps, which is a little silly. And while I don't expect a "Greek" restaurant of this caliber to have Zorba murals on the walls, the place is beyond bland. That's generally the case with restaurants in Los Gatos . . . nobody wants to trouble the waters with anything too bold on any level, but this place is supposed to compete with Evvia and Kokkari. They haven't lured me away. To the contrary, I'm left with a yearning for feta cheese and olives, taramasalata, and a big plate of gigantes. Greek cuisine.

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