Estiatorio VOLOS

Estiatorio Volos      416.861.1211    Lunch Mon-sat, Dinner Mon-Sun

From the outside this Greek restaurant looks uptight and proper; on the inside the feel is causal and cool.   A neat, neutral tone décor opens up to a sizable kitchen flowing into a calm dining room.  The restaurant is named after a port city in province of Greece – Volos.  Service from the start is flawless.

I decided on a few appetizers before choosing an entree. The Horiatik salad tasted good, just like any authentic Greek eatery, but at two times the price.  Dolmades, though thickly overwrapped with grape leaves, has a spectacular Sweet Metaxa-soaked Golden Raisin – Pine Nut – Arborio Rice filling.  The grilled Moroccan octopus was cooked to smoky sweet perfection; the rest of the dish though, is out of sync.  I did enjoy the garlicky, nicely-cooked Tiger Prawn Saganaki, sautéed with ouzo, feta and kefalotyri cheese.  Not completely full, decided to split an entrée with my friend.  Following my servers recommendation I ordered Exohico.  A golden phyllo pastry stuffed with braised Lamb, Vegetables, Feta and Kefalotyri Cheese was a tad dry and felt mismatched with the rest of the dish.

 In my opinion Greek cuisine is simple, flavourful and delicious.  Unfortunately Volos has tried to over-complicate their dishes and, in doing so, has lost some of the heart and soul of Greek food.
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