Friday, October 16, 2009

Yiannis Restaurant (Rhodes, Greece)

This was our last day on the boat. Our friends left early to go to the airport to catch their flight back to Europe. Our flight to Athens was not until late afternoon. So, we had some time to be tourists in Rhodes.

We started our day with a coffee at a local coffee shop. With views of all the boats.

The final view of the boat that we spend five glorious days on.

After our coffee, we decided to walk around the walled city. It was a hot day.

I was really impressed by the size and how well maintained the city was. It really brought you back in time.

For lunch, we searched for a small restaurant that was recommended by the skipper of the boat. It was owned by a couple and it was just basic Greek home cooking.

The first dish was tuna salad. The portion was enormous. Lots of colours and textures from the different vegetables. The only thing that we did not appreciate was that the tuna was still deep frozen. We stuck our fork in the middle of the tuna and it stood up due to the frozen tuna. We had to wait a bit to let the tuna thaw to eat it. That was not good!

The second dish was tamara; salted and cured roe of the cod or the carp. The roe was mixed with either bread crumbs or mashed potato, and lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil. It had a rich & creamy texture. The colour was pink, and it is eaten as a dip with the vegetables that accompanied the dish.

The third dish was the typical moussaka. We have to admit that this was one of the best moussaka we have ever had. The eggplant was cooked very nice, the taste of all the different spices were just right and not over powering. We liked the idea of white broad beans & green peas as a side to accompany the moussaka. They added great contrast in texture to the soft eggplants.

Overall; Yiannis was not bad for a quick and simple lunch. It was not expensive. To bad about the frozen tuna; but the rest of the food was very nice. It is located on one of the side alleys of the walled city, so you might need to ask for directions.

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