Had another terrific meal at Mythos yesterday. We were a group of 7 so we opted for the Mezedes menu: saganaki (fried kefalotyri cheese), fried bread with kopanisti (grilled red pepper feta spread), fried squid, grilled octopus, zucchini and eggplant chips, Greek salad, tzatziki. Main course was a mixed grill of chicken, loukanisto (Greek sausage, very cuminy) and lamb chops served with lemony potatoes. Dessert the ubiquitous loukoumades (fried doughballs with honey).
The real stars of the this menu was the grilled octopus and the Greek salad. The octopus is so tender, great texture. Served with slices of red onion, capers, grilled peppers, olive oil, lemon juice and sprinkle of oregano. I've tried recreating this at home but was never able to get the octopus tender ... (although I tried with vinegar, a cork, etc.). Think I might ask on the cooking board. Back to the Greek salad: the tomatoes were A-MA-ZING. This salad is often done wrong. It is so simple, but it relies heavy on the quality of the ingredients. I have no idea where to find such tomatoes in winter. They were bright red, juicy, sweet, not mushy at all. Where do they get these? In winter I simply don't bother making these salads ... but their tomatoes got me all excited, there is hope! One trick I know is never to put your tomatoes in the fridge, because they will become mushy and will loose all flavour.
The only negatives are the music and the wine. We were seated downstairs in the taverna part were a live band is playing. This is really our own fault. A futile attempt to feel young again. But I can't stand screaming over a meal anymore. But I like the laidback attitude downstairs ... And then there is the house wine. I've had great privately imported bottles here, but these will double the cost of your meal. So we opted for the house red instead. It was an Italian screw top Montepulciano if I am not mistaken. It was OK (altough the morning after I needed some chemical help to relieve the headache). But my real point is: is there no affordable Greek red table wine? The mediterraneans don't drink top bottles everyday. I am sure there are a lot of young fruity red Greek wines that can stand their ground at bargain prices.
Restaurant Mythos Ouzeri Estiatorio
5318 Av Du Parc, Montreal, QC H2V4G7, CA