The menu offers various appetizers specializing in seafood. In fact, I don't think they even serve land meat here, so you can kiss your chicken nuggets good bye. Pescadarians unite!
Bread is my favorite food in the world, so I have to include it. Plus, Greek bread is the best! This one had yellow tones to it which my Uncle explained to be a little corn flour added in with the regular all purpose bread flour. This bread was super fresh, with a thick chewy crust and almost cakey inside.
We started off with an order of horta, a standard Greek dish of braised wild greens with olive oil and lemon. These were tender and not bitter.
Next, we ordered one of my favorite meze: melinzanosalata, or eggplant salad. Please do not confuse this with bab ghannouj! Melinzanosalata has eggplant seeds and every place / home in Greece makes a different version. My Aunt puts mayo in hers! Ouzeri Yiannis's version is acidic and bright with tender bits of carrots and red pepper. There are little chunks of tender eggplant as well, making each bite a surprise. Gosh, I feel like it's my birthday all over again.
Next, my favorite sea creature: octopus. This is the traditional Greek way of serving my eight legged purple bestie: grilled with olive oil and a few specks of spices. The leg is clearly from a large friend so it wasn't the most tender but still amazing in flavor and grilling texture.
Another shot of the beast.
Aunt Mary grew up half time in Buenos Aires, where she got addicted to papas fritas (and steak). These fries were phenomenal! They tasted like they were fried in fresh olive oil. No need for salt even!
The shrimp saganaki was delicious, although instead of feta, a type of graviera (semi-hard Greek cheese) was used. The shrimps enrobed in a rich tomato-green pepper sauce were a party in my mouth. We all agreed feta would have been 'beta because the chunks of graviera were sort of rubbery - like they had been previously melted then cooled back into their form. The sauce made up for all this of course. We just avoided the cheese chunks.