What a wonderful meal! Great company too!
Let's see if I can remember it all without looking it up:
taramosalata and aromatically garlicky babaganouche
Greek salad, chargrilled bread
Chunks of grilled octopus (do I have to keep on saying grilled?) in olive oil with lemon
Sweetbreads-- the one disappointment to me: they were cut up in little chunks before g---, so you didn't get the soft gooey texture. But I did discover [thanks, pigtowner] that they are the thymus gland, and very useful.
Calimari: not a fave of mine, but serviceable
Horcha, which is delicate greens such as dandelion, cooked just a little, and very tasty. They went fast. More g-- bread
Then the main course: huge mounds of MEAT, serve with creamy tadziki sauce. The most dynamic to me was the pork, which is three syllables in Greek, which is why they take such good care of it: rich, soft and almost earthy, it was hard to stop eating and eating. Then were the tasty little lamb chops, that made you suck every morsel of meat off the bone. Lastly, only in comparison, for it was also ultimately edible, came the chicken, seasoned with lemon juice and herbs.
we also found out from one member of our group how pork has played a role in emancipation, so we hurried to consume the last scraps. Not forgetting the potatoes: great hunks, boiled and then roasted, with lemon juice and paprika, we gratefully consumed every last one.
Ending with tastes of Greek, not-too-sweet and w a r m baklava. we kept our server busy, and she took good care of us.
Comment from Dom, at other end of the table:
Everything was delicious, but that octopus is the one that’s going to bring me back in a hurry. Just beautiful... smoke and char on the outside, still tender in the middle, perfect balance on the marinade – everybody screws that dish up, but this iteration was lovely, I thought.
and from kosborn, the dinner's organizer:
I concur on everything, except I did enjoy the
sweetbreads. Not as good as I remember them, and no longer on the menu
(they served them at our request), I still liked them, although I
agree they could have been grilled a minute less to good effect.