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Gemista or Giouvetsi?

Gemista or Giouvetsi?
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First Published: Mon, May 17 2010. 06 58 PM IST

Greek food fest.
Greek food fest.
Updated: Mon, May 17 2010. 06 58 PM IST
Olive Beach will host Greek chef Alexandra Lola Koutoundi as she presents Lola’s Kitchen, a week-long festival of home-style Greek food. The a la carte menu will give you a crash course in all that is Greek.
Greek food fest.
We started with the grilled pita and crackers platter served with nine Greek dips (Rs495). Each dip was distinctly different from the other. Made with an unlikely base of beetroot, the Patzarosalata (one of the dips) is a must-try because it will change the way you view beet. With a hint of sweet and a melange of herbs, this dip was the winner among the assortment of nine.
Skewers of Chicken and Lamb Souvalaki (Rs595), comprised marinated and grilled meat pieces, while Karpouzosalata salad (Rs295), with chunks of fresh watermelon and feta cheese was refreshing. The feta cheese had a smooth, soft texture and tasted fresh.
Gemista in the forground and Horiatiki in the background
The main course has almost an equal number of vegetarian and non-vegetarian options. For the vegetarians, Gemista, (Rs495) a dish which has rice, pine nuts and roasted herbs stuffed into bell peppers, zuccini and tomatoes, is a good option. The flavour in the rice stuffing is mild. For the non-vegetarians, Giouvetsi (Rs 595)—chicken thigh in kritharaki (rice-shaped pasta) with flavoured cumin tomato sauce—is a good choice. For dessert, ask for the ice cream that is flavoured with the resin of the Mastik tree that is found only on the Chios island in the Mediterranean region.
Dinner for two, without alchohol will cost Rs1,500 per head.
Lola’s Kitchen is open till 23 May between 8-11pm, at the Olive Beach, Wood Street, Bangalore
Call 080-41128400 for reservations.
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First Published: Mon, May 17 2010. 06 58 PM IST