EAT-OUT WEDNESDAY welcomes a new addition to the dine-out feature –Miss Jane– known to embrace the Louisiana crunch of battered alligator meat to the bittersweet glamor of a 5-inch Christian Louboutin shoe. She’d like to share her diverse dining palate with NUBIA readers who aren’t afraid to spark their own eating adventures.
A TASTY GREEK EXPERIENCE
by Miss Jane
If you’re looking for a great spot to spice up the usual movie-and-meal date, Kellari’s Parea is one restaurant worth visiting. With its warm, welcoming decor and staff, Kellari’s takes you to the shores of the Ionian Islands with its traditional dishes. The restaurant prides itself on offering the best catch of the day, shipped fresh from Greece and other locales.
For a great starter to any meal, try the Octapodi, or grilled octopus. This traditional dish is nice mix of herbs with a tangy red vinaigrette and for those who want to try it at home—the restaurant’s website offers a recipe for this delicious dish!
Do you love Greek food but want to avoid the heaviness? A great light appetizer to sample is one of the assorted Greek spreads. I especially enjoyed the refreshing taste of tzatziki, a dill-infused dip, which was a great accompaniment with one of Kellari’s signature drinks–the Mastic Lover. With one sip of this cocktail, you will treat your taste buds to a refreshing splash of cucumber complemented by sweet Greek-distilled liquor.
Not a cucumber lover? Try their Greek mojito, a wonderful mix of sugar and mint, with a hint of lime and a shot (or two depending on your preference) of 5-star Metaxas, a Greek brandy with a smooth caramel aftertaste. Kellari boasts over 150 labels of unique Greek wines.
Known for their love of seafood—one must try the red snapper, which can be 2 lbs or more, the king shrimp that were large enough to be called baby lobsters and the Lavraki, a lighter, flakier Mediterranean Sea bass that is air shipped daily from Greece. This fish has a mild texture and taste, and comes with capers that give it a salty bite. The grilled shrimp is juicy and succulent and served on a tasty bed of greens. The snapper, which is meaty and filling, is topped with a traditional Greek sauce that had a hint of lemon and olive oil, along with other flavorful herbs and spices. Each can be enjoyed with the a la cart side dishes such as lemon herb potatoes or risotto has an alluring hint of rosemary.
If your date is more of a meat and potatoes man, Yesterday’s Lamb is a must have! The fire-roasted meat, which is marinated for 24 hours was so tender–we were literally licking our fingers. For dessert, you will definitely enjoy the traditional Greek baklava–a sweet, nutty pastry that comes with the sorbet of the day. Our sample included a the tart passion fruit flavor that made our mouths pucker.
On Friday nights at 10 p.m., a Greek band performs that provides a great festive atmosphere. Reservations are suggested, as those nights can oftentimes draw a large crowd. If you’re having dinner for two, I’d suggest trying the chefs tasting pre-fixe menu ($29.95) which is offered from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., and includes three courses (the lamb and baklava being two choices on that menu as well).
Just in time for the holidays, the family and friends promotion offers a complimentary bottle of champagne on special occasions!! Simply register for the Lifetime Free Gift on their website.