Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Another food-related post
I've been eating out a lot lately (not that I'm complaining).
Last night, I went to Hellenic Republic for my birthday dinner with Nathan, both my sisters, soon-to-be-brother-in-law and one of my sister's friends (who is here from Japan to attend the wedding on Sunday).
Hellenic Republic is owned by George Colombaris (better known to some as the bald judge on Master Chef). I really liked the look of the restaurant which had an open kitchen where diners can watch the chefs busily preparing all the food. The smell of seafood wafting over from the grill was especially inviting, as were the meats being spit roasted in an outdoor courtyard (visible from the dining area through a large window).
We opted for the banquet, which gave us a very good sample of the restaurant's offerings. All the usual things I normally expect to find on a greek menu, were present but the quality was definitely up a few notches from your average greek restaurant. Here, one of the stars was the cheese saganaki with peppered figs. I've had plenty of grilled cheeses but never served with figs before.
As far as birthday dinners go, this was definitely one of the more memorable ones.