Took my parents out for lunch on the weekend and went to a restaurant that surprised me greatly.
Mediterraneo, 501 Plains Rd. W in Burlington.
Yeah it used to be pretty crummy but now has a whole new kitchen staff...upon hearing of the changeover in View Magazine, I decided to chance it again.
It hasn't changed much, physically, still the same light, airy atmosphere with terracotta tiles and lots of natural light from the numerous windows and patio doors. The menu is where the major changes are.
The menu is varied and focuses on ALL foods from the Mediterranean area - including some North African and Arabic - themed foods. I'll focus on what my party had. Keep in mind the foods are not meant to be authentic, just inspired by and give the flavours of the region...
Noting that it was on the appetizer menu and never ones to turn down fried, flambeed cheese, we started with the Saganaki (OPA!) and Butternut Squash soup. The Butternut Squash soup was creamy and light with a hint of curry, the Saganaki was brought to the table and flamed with a flourish with brandy. Served with pita bread, the taste was of well caramelized salty cheese, with a light hint of brandy sweetness and lemon.
The main courses were fantastic! I had the Curry Burger, home made rolls with curried mustard sauce and roasted red pepper hummus, with a hand formed sirloin patty flavoured with curry, chili and garlic, topped with grilled haloumi cheese, tomatoes and red onions - an incredible combination of flavours that surprisingly worked well together. The burger was served with the crisp sweet potato fries. The other mains were the Greek Burger, heavy on lemon, garlic and oregano and served with tzatziki and feta with a greek salad on the side; the grilled chicken wrap and the prime rib sandwich with 5 year old Steel City Cheddar - unfortunately the nippy cheddar was overshadowed by the jus poured over the sandwich.
Desserts are all home made on site and change daily. We chose the following:
- Chocolate Cheesecake "Pyramid" Exactly as it sounds - a pyramid mound of light, yet rich (yeah I know a contradiction but it was both at the same time) chocolate cheesecake with a thin layer of cake for a crust.
- Creme Brulee - brought to the table and bruleed with a torch at tableside to get the perfect combination of cool custard and warm caramel topping, very flashy and a threat to the surrounding trees and plantlife in the restaurant.
- White Chocolate Macadamia Nut Butter Tart - sin in a tart shell, rich, caramelly, chewy, runny all at once. Served with Bailey's ice cream...mmmmm