Mykonos – Romance the Greek way! (LoveStory)

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My food explorations make me meet people who help me realise something new about myself every time. Things I am not aware about, things that exist within me.

Mykonos
Mykonos

On one such food trips recently, I met Anna at her Greek Restaurant in Delhi. This was one place that I had really wanted to go for a long time. However, it was only after 3 failed attempts that I finally made it to her lovely place. This was an experience that was beyond food, ambience, value for money or any other criteria, I would consider for a ‘review’.

When you walk into the restaurant, you walk into Anna’s place where she would like you to feel at home. In her small yet very clean kitchen she makes dishes that are authentic and made with a lot of thought. Every ingredient she uses or any method she follows exudes love. The love she has for her local food, for her customers and for making people happy, is quite evident. Her enthusiasm and love, made me think that celebrating Valentine’s Day here would be a unique idea. As she would do, what it takes to make people happy.

I didn’t have to order at her place, she made those dishes for me, which she felt I would like. I don’t know if she has some superpowers or it was just sheer love, that everything she made was delicious and as she would say ‘healthy’.

We were served buns of bread along with Tsatsiki Dip, Melitzanosalata Dip, Patatosalata Dip, and Potato Garlic Dip. Every piece of food on the platter was garnished with Extra Virgin Olive oil and Greek oregano. The Dips were also garnished with black olives.

Mezze Platter_Dips @Mykonos
Mezze Platter_Dips @Mykonos

Tsatsiki Dip is a dip conventionally made with cucumber, garlic and yoghurt. The yoghurt should have thick consistency and the cucumbers must be grated well. This dip is very healthy and tastes fresh and delicious with bread. It’s even more special at Mykonos as Anna makes the dip with her in house yoghurt that she makes herself.

Melitzanosalata Dip is one of the most famous and tastiest dips from Greece. Made with roasted eggplants, this dip is similar to Baba Ganoush. The smoky flavour of the eggplant mixed with the flavor of Greek Oregano made this dip heavenly.

Patatosalata Dip puts you at comfort immediately after the first bite. Comprised of boiled potatoes, carrots, onions and mayonnaise, this dip is finger licking delicious.

The Potato and Garlic dip was again made with boiled potato, garlic and onion. This was healthier lighter version of the mashed potatoes, and much more yummier. This dip ensures, that you don’t need to indulge or overeat to have tasty food.

Breads @Mykonos
Breads @Mykonos

We had not even finished going gaga over the tasty dips with the breads that the Chicken Souvlaki arrived on our table. Souvlaki, a very popular dish from Greece, is basically a piece of meat/vegetable grilled on a skewer. At Mykonos, it was served with White Rice and the chicken was grilled on a skewer along with onion and fresh green pepper. This was garnished with Extra Virgin Olive oil and oregano, which rendered this a bit dry dish, the juice it required. Needless to say, it was incredible.

Chicken Souvlaki @Mykonos
Chicken Souvlaki @Mykonos

While I was enjoying my chicken, my vegetarian friend was served something that looked very appetizing. Greek pita bread with Feta cheese, fresh tomatoes, black olives and a big piece of well-cooked eggplant. Surprisingly, it turned out to be my favorite among all the dishes. The addition of extra virgin olive oil and oregano made this dish, way too delectable.

Greek Pita bread with Feta Cheese @Mykonos
Greek Pita bread with Feta Cheese @Mykonos

While we were eating these lovely delightful dishes, Anna sat with us and shared her ideologies about food. Her ardent love for her food came across very strongly, as she mentioned that she imports most of her ingredients like Feta Cheese, Extra Virgin Oilve oil from her country. It’s utmost important for her that her food stays authentic and healthy. For her, getting the food right and giving people a slice of Greece on the plate, is the driving force.

We summed up the feast with the famous Baklava. The walnuts, cinnamon and the butter filo pastry are a delight in your mouth.

Baklava-@Mykonos
Baklava-@Mykonos

In today’s time, when most people are running towards quick fixes for everything, here’s someone doing things the right way, even if it’s tedious and time-consuming.

Her hospitality made a normal lunch meal, a “meal to remember”. We had conversations beyond food. After spending hours at her place, I discovered my love for food is not just limited to eating, but it’s about people – good, warm-hearted, loving souls.

Everyone knows how beautiful Greece is, but when you walk into Mykonos and gaze at the pure white walls, blue covers and characteristic Greek flooring, you’ll know how much Anna wants you to relish a piece of her country. I sure did!

Traditional presentation of Greek Olive oil and herbs @Mykonos
Traditional presentation of Greek Olive oil and herbs @Mykonos
Interiors @Mykonos
Interiors @Mykonos

kali orexi & …opaaaa!!!

Read another LoveStory from Shahpur Jat: Les Parisiennes 

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