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phoenikia | Oct 7, 200807:28 AM     10

I really enjoyed my meal at Dio Deka last week. We don't have much in terms of contemporary Greek food in Canada, so I was interested to see the approach Dio Deka took.

We started with dolmades (made with braised beef short ribs instead of the typical mince) and grilled Monterey calamari (the best grilled calamari I've had outside Greece), both of which were very good. My braised lamb shank with orzo was tender, and seasoned nicely. I also tried some branzino, which came with excellent roasted potatoes. The fish was cooked perfectly, but was maybe a little too delicately seasoned for my taste (but I tend to be heavy handed with lemon and herbs).

The most visually stunning part of my meal was the milopita- an apple pie crafted out of filo into the shape of an apple, with a mint leaf stem on top. The filling was delicious- similar to a good apple strudel filling with a light pastry cream as a top layer. It was the nicest dessert I've found in a Greek restaurant (either traditional or contemporary), and was the perfect way to end our meal.

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