After yrs of mention on CH etc., we finally came here for lunch.
Many winners; one major loser.
Loser- the Moussaka is dreadful. Embarassing. Curdled 'beschamel', flavorless meat and potatoes, eggplant ditto. no tomato.argggh. I asked for a side of tomato sauce and got a thin puree of reddish brown. (How do you get tomato sauce to look reddish brown?Maybe it's really V8.) Across town, Esperia Grill's moussaka is easily a trillion times better than this one. As in Haven't I told you a trillion times not to exaggerate?
-Lamb gyro: Warm and fresh thick pita with flavorful rare lamb (as requested), a few pieces of onion, a delicious tart thick yoghurt (Tzadziki )sauce and a pallid tomato mote. My Love had a number of chewy/gristly pieces; mine were fine, just way too big. I want to eat this every other day, but next time for take out I'm requesting that they cut up the lamb pieces post-grill, and add lettuce. I'll add my own , ripe, tomatoes.
- Fried calamari. Big heaping plate, perfectly fried in clean oil.
-Side salad- romaine w/ a v good simple homemade herbed vinaigrette. Their Feta was really good, medium bodied and creamy, and that was a major surprise(after years of junky harsh feta at other places.)
- Table bread-Iggy's. yay.
Meh- fried zucchini -strangely fried as planks(who knew; I thought 'everybody' fried zucchini in small thin wedges)Difficult to fork or pick up w/ fingers, and the coating all fell off. Accompanying Skordalia reaked of acrid garlic (the major drawback of food processor'd garlic.)
Simple nondescript room w/ soundless flat screens. Service friendly. After trying 'all the lamb sandwiches in Allston' plus a few in Watertown, I think I've found my happiness here in East Cambridge. If the basics are good (lamb, bread, sauce) I don't mind doing some doctoring. I wonder how their spinach pie is?
And their pork souvlaki, is that rotisserie pieces, fried on the griddle (like Esperia's)?
Meanwhile, take away lamb gyros here I come.