Sunday, December 4, 2011

Medusa Greek Taverna - Town Hall

So on this particular evening, Dolly and I decided to catch up with our friends Milton and Jennifer after work. Seeing that we were in the city and not feeling any Asian food, but still wanted hearty food on this cold, wet and rainy evening; we decided to try out this tavern nestled in the heart of Sydney under the Allianz building.

Jennifer and Milton had never tried Greek food before so we decided to try to give them a good impression of what the Greeks have to offer apart from Spartans and a rich mythology.

Mezze plate ($36.00)
taramosalata, tzatziki, halloumi, country style sausage, dolmades, olives, pickled
vegetables with pita bread

Our entrée was the Mezze plate which has become Dolly’s favourite choice of entrée whenever it is offered. The tzatziki dip is one of the best we have tried with a rich acidity in the yoghurt and fresh parsley with a brilliant strong smell. We loved it so much that Dolly asked for a second plate of it! The Halloumi was another highlight with strong cheesy flavour to satisfy the tastebuds but leaving you wanting for more. The taramosalata (fish roe) dip was quite a surprise, especially since I’m not too much a fan of seafood. My first unknowing bite into the dip was of the mellow fishy taste to the fish roe which was not too overpowering, with sweetness in the aftertaste.

Special- Kolokithokorfathes Gemistes ($17.00)
Zucchini flower filled with ricotta, dill, rice, tomato lightly fried with lime/dill sauce

This was Dolly’s first experience of Zucchini flowers, despite always longing to try them. Thankfully they did not disappoint, with a lovely crunch as you bit through the crumbed layer then followed with a spicy sour taste in the rice stuffing.

Paithakia ($29.50)
lamb cutlets, marinated in lemon, oregano, grilled, served with potato, grilled
capsicum and caramelized onion stack

I always have a soft spot for well made lamb, especially when Greeks make it, as my best lamb experiences have been with Greeks; and Medusa maintained the trend. The cutlets were very tender and juicy on the inside while the outside was crisp and crunchy. Coupled with the caramelised onions, each mouthful made me forget the rain outside, taking me to a warm spring day at a family bbq. The only bad thing I can say about this dish is that there wasn’t enough!

Kalamarakia Yemista ($29.50)
whole baby calamari filled with rice and sultanas on a chilli spiced tomato salsa

The baby calamari was overcooked and a bit tough, but the stuffing was really delicious with sultanas giving a sweet balance to the chilli and acidy flavours. However, I found the salsa quite salty and overpowered the stuffed calamari.

Endnotes: A surprisingly good Greek restaurant with very lovely waiters and you get nice mint Turkish delights at the end of your meal!



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thang@noodlies said...

Awww pity the calamari was over-cooked because the dish looked delicious!

Hotly Spiced said...

I love Greek food. That looks like a fun place to dine.

Jen D said...

zucchini flowers were the best =) your documentation here is really impressive... nice pics!

and in a matter slightly tangential, I found it odd throughout the post how Dolly kept referring to herself in both the first and the third person. this confusion was cleared up when i got to the sign-off.

nice work guys =)

Milton said...

might I add that Medusa is also reviewed in the SMH Good Food Guide with 13.5/20 =)

Tina @ bitemeshowme said...

I've never had greek food whilst living in sydney. My first taste of it was when I was in Greece and boy did I fall in love! Definitely will put this on my to go list :)

lateraleating said...

I've always been tempted to try this restaurant but wasn't sure if it was any good. Now that you confirmed that the lamb is great, I'll give it a shot.

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

I love stuffed calamari if the calamari is tender. Everything else looks quite nice!

kenisis said...

Dolly's suffering from multiple persons disporder at the moment please bear with her reference to herself in both 1st and 3rd person

JasmyneTea said...

I've passed this place often, but never thought much of it. Your post has changed my mind, that lamb looks delish!

sugarpuffi said...

the zucchini flower looks so good!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

Japanese have very similar squid dish. It's so hard to cook squid right without overcooking the meat. I don't go eat Greek often but they look delicious!

Von said...

I havea soft spot for lamb too- and these lamb cutlets look amazingly delicious!

minibites said...

I have to agree! I never usually pick lamb but definitely at a greek restaurant.. the lamb chops there are sooo good!

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Brand adam said...

Wow, what a lovely post ! This food looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your experiences with us . I like greek cuisine food very much and i have tried many greek recipes which i got from youtube and many other website. I like visiting greek restaurants in weekend.

Gwynne said...

I would like the country style sausage.