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Myconos update

nooodles | Jan 12, 200612:43 AM

I've always liked Myconos for its braised lamb shanks and roast chicken. The moussaka, though not exceptional, was fine as well. Tonight, I decided to try something new and regretted it. The #1 Dinner for Two included all of the following:

The Greek salad was excellent as always. Someday I'll have to come for lunch and just eat this. Crispy romaine and bland but juicy tomatoes aren't anything special, but the dressing they put on this has a really special flavor that I just can't place. I can tell there's olive oil, a very sweet vinegar, and a lot of oregano. Beyond that, it's a mystery. The feta has a very strong cow flavor here and is a bit on the salty side. I like it quite a lot, especially because it's very soft and spreadable instead of hard and chunky like feta often is.

Pita with dill cucumber sauce was quite good. The pita wasn't warm enough for my taste, but was very soft and light. The sauce was very finely pureed. No chunks of vegetables in this version at all.

The platter was enormous. I know I'm forgetting something, but I'll try.

The cottage potatoes were deep fried potato slices. They were served warm, but weren't crispy at all.

The falafel was cold, mealy, had too much filling in it, and was covered in a sauce that tasted mildly of refrigerator burn. Maybe it was once hummus; I didn't eat enough to find out.

The chicken and beef skewers were tender with a nice char on them. One piece had an unusual amount of sinewy fat in it, though. Other than that, I really enjoyed most of the meat portions of the meal. I kind of wish I had kept my salad around to enjoy the meat with.

The lamb and pork slices (used for gyros) were well spiced, tender, and quite good. There was a healthy serving of both of these, which are going to be great on my salad for lunch tomorrow.

Dolmas were fine. All that I require of dolmas are that they not be too sour; outside of that requirement, I don't like them enough to care one way or the other how they taste.

The big disappointment of the night was the spanakopita. Awful. Simply awful. The dough was mostly hollow on the inside, with one piece of cheese in the very center of the spanakopita. The entire thing had been allowed to cool to room temperature, and the filo dough was hard, greasy, and chewy. We each took a bite and stopped.

We were very full but not terribly happy with our meal at this point. It was fine, but it wasn't great. I was sad that I had brought my friend to Myconos and not let him try the lamb or chicken. Thankfully, the baklava and Greek coffee turned out to be the saving grace of the meal. The coffee was strong, fresh, and well-brewed. Not bitter or sour, though certainly not special in any way.

The baklava was wonderful. It was strongly spiced with what seemed like cinnamon and pumpkin. We called it The Holiday Spice baklava. This was a far cry from the gummy honey-sugar cubes they sell at Costco. The pastry was light and fluffy, the filling was relatively loose and not too sweet, and the baklava was served in a puddle of thin honey. A lovely end to a meal that was certainly fine but didn't quite live up to expectations.

Link: http://www.chezpei.com/2006/01/mycono...

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