Surely, one of the best meals I had last year had to be when I dined at Estiatorio Milos, located in the Athens Hilton. Centrally located (every cabbie knows where the Hilton is), you can get to this place with little trouble and you’ll be rewarded with a Greek dinner, par excellence.
Estiatorio Milos has a Canadian connection as it got its beginnings with the original being opened in Montreal (still operating on Parc Avenue) and since then, proprietor Costas Spiliadis has now opened Milos in New York, Miami, Las Vegas and as our waiter whispered, “soon London”.
When one dines at Milos, you’re not going to get Feta foam or any sort of molecular gastronomy but rather traditionally cooked Greek food with some modern twists and the odd foreign ingredient or dish in the mix. Food prepared simply, executed professionally (with panache) and using mostly local and seasonal ingredients.
Upon walking into Milos, you will see a display of fresh fish and seafood and a raw seafood bar with array of shellfish just waiting to be shucked. Although Milos did not invent this display they perfected it and it’s a facet of the Greek restaurant that many have copied (some with success, others not so much).
On the evening that I dined at Milos, I was lucky to still be able to take advantage of their prix-fixe summer menu which was fish and seafood based. When you visit Milos’ website, make sure you click on the correct location and peruse the menu. Milos strives to source the best and freshest ingredients and this often comes at a cost. It’s a splurge to dine at Milos but it is worth it.
Next course was the Greek salad (no lettuce please) served with ripe summer tomatoes, green peppers, red onions, olives, sea salt, Greek olive oil, dried Greek oregano, barrel-aged Feta and some purslane as a garnish.
Now for the main course, whole grilled lavraki which is carted over to your table and butterflied, fileted and served with warm boiled greens. The fish was grilled perfectly, warm greens tender – this dinner would only be topped if served seaside.
Dessert choice were Kaimaki ice cream or a housemade Baklava – both of which were a refreshing finish to the evening. The meal was washed down with a fabulous house white from the Papargyriou Winery.
Milos Athens is located at Vas. Sofias 46 Athens, 115 28 Greece. It’s open for lunch and dinner and it’s always a good idea to call ahead for reservations +30.210.724.4400
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