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JRL | Feb 3, 2005 09:31 AM

Tried it last night, after having had a really good lunch at the one in Framingham months ago, and we were both quite disappointed.
The restaurant itself is very attractive and our waitress was great, but that, and the dipping oil with feta cheese, were the only things to recommend the place.
The bread with the dipping oil was standard supermarket pita and some other italian-type on the other side of fresh. Ordered the "broiled artichokes with lemon sauce" appetizer. Canned artichoke hearts, (drained but not rinsed - could still taste the citric acid from the canning liquid) topped with almost-lemon flavored, congealed glop and microwaved to tepid.
Husband and I both wanted fish/seafood. Broiled smelts were on the menu and, for some reason, I asked the waitress if they were fresh or frozen. When she told me frozen, despite the fact that the menu says "all fish delivered fresh daily," I opted for the shrimp with feta and tomatoes. Husband ordered broiled calamari, one of his favorite dishes. Dinners come with salad and starch. Asked for Greek salads, I had rice, he had roasted potatoes.
The "Greek" salads were essentially iceberg lettuce, feta and very old onions with what had to be a distilled white vinegar dressing, something I have never encountered in Greek food. Although the shrimp themselves were tasty,the dish was a tiny casserole with about 6 very small shrimp - a rip-off for $14.95 -made with the worst quality tomatoes, precooked and reheated. I forgot that rice in Greek restaurants often comes with sauce that I don't like; theirs was a particularly abominable version, so I asked for it to be replaced with plain rice. My husband's calamari was clearly precooked and reheated and cold. His potatoes were barely cooked through and cold, so he asked if they could be put under the broiler for a bit. The waitress said she would just replace his potatoes with well done ones and my rice with plain. Both came to the table in the amount of time it took her to walk back to the kitchen and get the dishes. Precooked and ice cold.
Had the baklava for dessert, which would have been delicious had it not had more cinammon than any other ingredient. The Greek coffee was excellent.
Is anything there made fresh?

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