We rarely visit San Pedro but Friday was one of those days. I recalled Papadakis Taverna from previous visits years ago, but also recalled reading that it had closed. Why not try Limani Taverna, which had replaced it? That turned out to be a great idea.
After she had a good strong Greek coffee, we started with Melitzanosalata, a roasted eggplant dip. It had the flavor of a Lebanese Babaghanouj but had not been processed to a uniform puree. You could just make out the vegetables that made it taste so fresh. Delicious and tangy, it spread nicely onto the hot pita triangles that came with it. We devoured every bit.
Our second appetizer was Spanakopita. It was simply the best version of this Greek standard that we have ever had! The three amply-sized triangular filo-dough pies of spinach and cheese were flawlessly and freshly made, layered, flaky, and crispy outside with mild melted cheese bound to freshly cooked spinach inside. We both like Spanakopita and invariably order it at a Greek restaurant; Limani's version just blew us away. It is now our reference point for this dish.
For entrees, I had Lamb and Potatoes and she had Mousaka. The lamb slices were tender, lean, flavorful, and plentiful. They were accompanied by fresh vegetables, cooked al dente, along with chunks of roasted potatoes. Her Mousaka was pleasant but was a little on the bland side. It had some of the same good fresh vegetables with it.
We were about to decline the baklava dessert which is usually offered at this point, but our waiter beat us to the punch with complimentary Greek cookies. They were delicious shortbread cookies with finely-ground nuts in the dough.
We could not review an aspect of the restaurant that appears to have carried over from the Papadakis era. On one side of the room a little away from us was a setup for musicians, with microphones and a sound system. We had arrived in the midafternoon for a quiet late lunch (the restaurant is open continuously from 11 am on). Later in the evening, our waiter said, there would be live music and dancing, just as we recalled from our dinner visit to Papadakis.
In response to my asking, our waiter told us that the restaurant had originally been reopened as Limani Taverna by a Bulgarian family, but around the beginning of 2013, they had exited. Both the kitchen and the front of the house are now staffed entirely by the same people who worked here when it was Papadakis Taverna. And I'd say it shows.