A taste of the Mediterranean on your doorstep
Whenever we walk past the Odyssey Greek Restaurant on the corner of Knifesmithsgate one of us always comments how nice it looks. Peeking through the windows at the traditional Greek setting awaiting soon to be happy customers.
So, earlier this year, I decided Bekah and I should have a ‘proper’ Valentine’s night, at a classy restaurant. I booked a table for two 14 February, picturing the brownie points awaiting me as Bekah took her first bite of halloumi, she always orders halloumi.
After what seemed like a lifetime to wait (five days) it was 14 February. The kids were at the grandparents and we were on our way to the Odyssey Greek Restaurant. We were greeted by a big smile, asked us our names and shown to our table.
Looking around it was like stepping through a teleportation portal and landing in Athens! From the beautifully crafted bouzouki hanging on the wall to the authentic tables, chairs and framed pictures of the culturally rich Mediterranean country, it was clear to see the restaurant wasn’t just somebody’s business, but their life and passion!
The restaurant has a warm, communal feel, full of positive energy. A complete contrast and a great break from the miserable weather outside, just what we needed on a rare, child free evening.
We were handed menus and wasted no time in perusing them. Spoilt for choice and true to form we ordered the grilled halloumi with fresh tomatoes and a balsamic glaze. The halloumi had a strong savoury flavour, a creamy texture and salty notes. Perfect. On to the main...
I was torn between the Greek meatballs and the pork souvlaki (pork skewers), so I asked the waiter.He suggested the latter, he was right to do so. The pork skewer arrived on a white and blue traditional plate accompanied by a homemade, Greek rice. The pork was tender and carefully seasoned with a special recipe. I made short work of the main! Bekah ordered the prawn skewers, I know she enjoyed them as she didn’t speak for the whole ten minutes they were on the table and the plate was spotless when the waiter came to collect it!
For dessert Bekah ordered a coffee, she was full from the generously sized starter and main. I, on the other hand, never miss an opportunity for dessert. I opted for the Kormos, a Greek word for ‘tree log’ and named after its shape. Kormos is a mixture of biscuits, butter, cocoa, milk, sugar and a bit of brandy, served with a scoop of vanilla ice cream on the top. When it arrived, I knew I wouldn’t be eating this alone! Bekah shared it, a perfect end to a fantastic evening at the Odyssey Greek Restaurant and we look forward to going back soon. By the way, we also had a bottle of Greek fizzy wine, don’t tell the kids.
At present the restaurant is only doing takeaway, but you can grab an authentic Greek meal in the comfort of your home by calling on 01246 721573 or downloading the City Grab app to your mobile from the app store and ordering a delicious Odyssey dish (or two) to your front door.