Friday, September 25, 2009

Nireas Restaurant (Rhodes, Greece)

We decided to take a quick walk and have a quick look at the most well know tourist sight of Rhodes.

Rhodes is famous for The citadel of Rhodes, built by the Hospitalliers, and it is one of the best preserved medieval towns in Europe and the second largest one in the world which in 1988 was designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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Our friends wanted to take us to a restaurant that they really like in the medieval town. We had to walk through the old town, go through small alleys and finally when we reached our destination. We were greeted with a lovely surprise. An al-fresco restaurant with vines crawling up posts and its foliage created a lovely cover for diners eating under the stars.

Of course we needed a drink right away and we started with a local wine; Rodos Villars. A white wine that was refreshing and full of fruit. Not bad at all.

We let our friends do the ordering. The first dish was mixed tomato salad with pine nuts, peppers in olive oil. The tomatoes in the area of the world taste amazing. No wonder they eat so much of it.

The second dish was Greek yoghurt. Honestly, I could not tell the difference between a Turkish or Greek yoghurt. However; it is always refreshing to have this dish to accompany other dishes. Rich and creamy with a slight sour taste.

The third dish was a local vegetable. It looked like a cross between a grape vine and spinach. Slightly crunchy texture from the stems and it almost tasted like water cress.

The fourth dish was marinated mushroom topped with pine nuts. I do like mushrooms and these did not disappoint. Very fresh with a very firm texture. Simply grilled and lightly doused with olive oil; tasted very nice.

The fifth dish was spinach. Lightly sauteed in olive oil and garlic. What I like is that they did not over cook the spinach, so that it retained its great texture and colour.

The sixth dish was called 'Viagra' on the menu. So, we had to have it. It turned out to be a mixture of different shelled clams preserved in seawater and served with olive oil and lemon. Apparently, it was suppose to work better than the pill! However; I was not impressed and it was not my favourite dish. It was too salty and that is all you tasted; seawater.

The seventh dish was sea urchin in its own juices. This is a polarising dish. People either love it or hate it. I do like sea urchin; but, prefer it when it is used in other dishes like sushi or pasta. It was rich and had a creamy texture.

The eighth dish was marinated octopus and grilled to perfection. All you needed was to squeeze lemon on it and it was just right. Fantastic texture (not chewy), the sea and grill flavours were a perfect match. You seldom can get grilled octopus to taste like this.

The ninth dish was a melange of clams, feta cheese and tomatoes. A good combination of flavours and textures. Salt, sour, acidic and sweet. Chewy, slimy and mushy. Believe me; it was good.

The tenth dish was grilled prawns. They really knew how to cook their seafood. The prawns arrived with a bright and beautiful color and when we cut into the prawn it still had a translucent colour in the center; meaning just grilled perfectly. The tasted heavenly.

The eleventh dish was clams cooked in white wine and herbs. Another simple seafood dish but when done right, is a great dish. These clams were so fresh and the bouillon they were cooked in added a lovely flavour.

The twelveth and final dish was deep fried white bait fish. I always like these little creatures. They were fried to a golden brown and had a slight crunch to each bite.

An amazing restaurant. Beautiful atmosphere, really nice and friendly service, very affordable and the food was amazing. Highly recommended if you are ever in this part of the world.

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