Friday, June 8, 2012

Out for Dinner: Greek Odyssey at IIC

I've been wanting to mix things up a bit, so today, I'm going to write about a meal that I had about two weeks ago, but everytime I see the pictures, I feel like eating everything all over again. So here goes:




Imagine eating all this and more!

Trust me, you have no idea how lucky I felt when my mother and step-father decided to take all of us to the India International Centre's Greek Food Fest. And no it wasn't the IIC's chefs who were trying their hand at it, there were chefs  from the Greek Embassy who were laying down this superb treat.

Because of the volume of people, we were not served individually, instead bain maries were put out where we have to stand in queue, shaadi-style to get some of the goodies.

Now, the last time I had eaten at one such fest at IIC, because we were in the late seating (which meant dinner started at 9.30 pm for us), dessert had run out. It was the Bengali fest, and truly all day mom and I had been looking forward to mishti doi. But by the time we plodded our way through the main course, the kullars of dahi were no where to be seen.

So this time, we smartened up. We booked ourselves for the early dinner - 8 pm, and started eating by 8.10, only to be the first ones to get to dessert. :) As embarrassed as my sister was of the both of us, we were happy piling up our plates, especially since we had to catch up to all the things we'd left out the last time.

The food was laid out in the center of the room and it started with the vegetarian things and led up to the non-vegetarian food and finally to dessert. We started off with piling our plates with copious amounts of salads and dips.

There was the Greek salad with lovely cubes of feta

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 And a Cabbage, carrot and parsley salad called Politki

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Both the salad were really awesome. Very fresh and light. Perfect for summer.

Then there was Tzatziki and Eggplant Salad (which was almost like Babaganoush but not quite)

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Grilled Haloumi, spongey cheese served warm and were totally awesome

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And finally the Dolmades, Vine leaves stuffed with Rice. I thought they had been wrapped beautifully and they tastes really lovely too. They had these fried eggplant and zucchini too, I just forgot to take the pictures.

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Then came the non-vegetarian starters. Lamb meatballs in tomato sauce were lined up first

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Chicken slouvaki, was really the most succulent meat of the lot. The skewers were fantastic and really moist

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And the last starter was the Strapatsada or the Greek Omelet. Which honestly looked more like scrambled eggs to me

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After the starters, began the main course. Papoutsaki was the first main. Basically, grilled eggplant stuffed with vegetables and topped with a bit of cheese. Really awesome

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Oh and then there was the Spanakopita or the spinach in filo pastry! My absolute favourite. This one was a lone ranger in the bain marie

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Gemista or stuffed vegetables with rice. Frankly I loved the filling but didn't care much for the veggies


And finally the Bamies or Okra in tomatoes cooked in the pot, was the final vegetarian main course

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The non-vegetarian main course included the moussaka which I could not photograph but there was also whole roast chicken with potatoes. I prefered the potatoes to the chicken because the meat was a little flavourless

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But my most favourite dish of the evening was the calamari. Deep fried and deeply yummy, all you  had to do is spritz some lemon on it

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And then we came to dessert. I had no idea that thick yogurt with honey and walnuts could taste that awesome.

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A caked called Revani. Basically a semolina cake with orange syrup which IIC was serving with ice cream

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And finally a fruit and cheese platter. Melon, watermelon with feta, which again may I add, was awesome

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Thick big cuts of watermelon with chunks of feta, truly heave on a plate.

I really really enjoyed my dinner that night. None of it was heavy, I mean they'd ofcourse used olive oil. Everything was fresh and delightful. Oh and they also gave us a complimentary shots of ouzo.  What can I say, I was just lucky to get such a fancy spread :)


11 comments:

  1. Thank you for the review. As a diabetic type II, I see that I can incorporate many described here into my culinary talent.

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  2. Some yum food that it!! Mouthwatering!

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  3. Nice..everything looks yummy :-)

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    1. Oh man it was! Everytime I look at the photos, I want to eat it all over again

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    2. Please collect the award awaiting you at Square Meals :-)

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  4. wow...I'm drooling here...what fabulous dishes !!!!

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  5. Jo your hand has stopped shaking! And look at you, RULING the view finder! Shabash + 3 stars. Experiment sake, put that jam wali spoon photo next to any of those. Lolzita, I commend thee.

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    1. You have no idear sir jee, how my hand shakes while taking people pictures. But yayee, thank you :) finally some improvement, took three whole months :)

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