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debinqueens | May 29, 201304:07 PM     9

My GF and I went to MP on Sunday night, both in the mood for Greek food, but not wanting to hit the usual suspects. Walked in around 7:30 to find the place about three-quarters full, a mix of families, date night couples and local dudes -- nice vibe, not overly loud, but bubbly.

First note: service spot-on. attentive hostess handed us off to waitress who struck a good balance between affable and efficient. pre-dinner drinks generously poured, with a nice array of house cocktails. extensive beer list that's well annotated and wines by half glass and glass.

bread was meh. earthy but too thinly sliced with mid-range olive oil for dipping.

we wanted to try the much praised octopus app, but it was already sold out. subbed the calamari, which was the least impressive dish we were served. cleanly fried, and served atop a bed of charred cauliflower and fried chickpeas. those accoutrements were very good, but the calamari lacked oomph, and needed some....salt, pepper, pretty much anything.

the greek sausage app, on the other hand, was fantastic. coarse, bursting with fat and flavor -- the promised orange and leek and a lot more. two good sized links, halved lengthwise. a definite re-order.

for mains, we chose the greek paella and a special of lump crab risotto. both memorable, but both almost too much of a good thing. the risotto was extravagant and rich to the point where i think an app portion would do me well. feta, tomato,herbs and a surplus of crabmeat.

the paella was similarly outfitted. an orzo base laden with shellfish and lamb sausage. way more shellfish than we expected, good clams, head on prawns and a smattering of mussels in a well balanced broth. this sausage was a little more herbaceous than the pork appetizer one. a nice touch,

for dessert, we shared a galaktobureka (i never spell that right) creme brulee loaded with fresh mixed berries. textural harmony with a lush brulee, crunchy phyllo and vibrant fruit.

with two drinks and two beers each, it ran about $120, a price point that would get me back soon.

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