Tuesday, January 16, 2007

Theo's Greek Tavern

I think that one of the reasons that our couple is strong is our shared interests and, one of them is the love of food. We often have cravings for some specific and/or regional food; May will have a craving for steak, I'll crave antipasto. She will long for seafood, I will be hungry for seared tuna. Our cravings often don't coindice but they make dining eventful.

So, the other day, I was in the mood for Greek food. I find it difficult to find good Greek food in Ottawa. Not too far from our place, there's the Greek Souvlaki House. However, the food's really not up to par; they just pile up starch way high, trading quantity for quality.

We decided to give Theo's Greek Tavern a try.

We satrted with 'melitzano' ($6), a mediterranean dip made with eggplant, olive oil, red wine vinegar and garlic and a plate of kalamata olives ($5) . Very nice and fresh. At -25 degrees outside, these kind of dishes will transport you, make you feel the warm Aegean sea breeze and if you close your eyes and take a bite (watch for the pits!), you might evevn convince yourself that you are on a terasse in Mykonos. The tough part is that you eventually have to open your eyes...

My dish was the 'Exohiko "surprise" lamb'; country style lamb with feta and kefalotiri cheeses, potatoes and herbs wrapped in fillo, oven baked with a light tomato sauce on top, served with rice and fresh vegetables ($17)(right, front). Very tasty. Notice the moderate amount of starch.

May has the riganato and shrimp; chicken marinated and then cooked with tiger shrimps, grilled and served with rice, roast potatoes, fresh vegetables and garlic butter ($22). Theo's chicken is juicy, with a zesty marinade. The vegetables are cooked right while not being watery.

All-in-all, a good experience at a decent price. We will come back.

Theo's Greek Tavern
911 Richmond Road

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