After our dinner at Pub and Kitchen, T. and I planned on getting together again and trying a new place. This ended up taking months of planning, mainly because I lead a very interesting and full life. Ha. After some discussion, we decided that it was time to give Dmitri's a shot. I first heard of the establishment from excellent champagne popper V. at L.'s bachelorette weekend. V. basically said it was the best seafood restaurant in Philly, and that I should really go. Nearly a year later I finally made good on my assurance that I would do so. It's BYO, so we brought a bottle of Italian wine, which makes perfect sense for a Greek restaurant. Pysche. I started with a bowl of the gazpacho, which was a special that night. I liked it. I think I like my gazpacho with a little more of a kick somehow. Basically I like gazpacho that borders on salsa. Still, it was refreshing.
We shared the grilled octopus appetizer. And folks, this dish is no joke. I have never had such tender tentacles. With just a little lemon, oh man, a nice grilled taste, no heavy chewing. Very special.
I chose the scallops as my main course, pan fried. In some fancy seafood places you pay $18 for, like, one scallop. That was not the case here, as the plate placed in front of me was brimming with eight nicely crispy on the outside but tremulously tender on the inside scallops. Tremulously tender? I just like the way it sounds, let's move on.
The rice and greens that came with the dish didn't blow me away, but they were above average in terms of having been seasoned nicely.
T. ordered the chicken skewer special. The meat chunks were charred in a good way and had a nice flavor to them. We both commented that perhaps they were a little, eetsy beetsy bit dry, but that didn't stop T. from enjoying them, nor me from sampling.
We went way early, like senior citizen-style, because all the reviews say that it's quite busy/difficult later in the evening. While I enjoyed the meal and thought everything was good, I didn't fall in love with the place. If I were forced to recommend only one BYO restaurant in the city, it would still, hands down, be Modo Mio. But if asked for a recommendation for good Greek, I would definitely say that this is the place. Sorry Zorba's.