Thursday, July 30, 2015

Mesa Greek Cuisine, Abbotsford by Obelix

Looking for a decent place for Saturday night catch up with interstate friends, we opted for Mesa for dinner for a Greek feast.  It turned out to be fortuitous random choice as the food did not disappoint and the service was convivial without being disruptive to good conversation.

It seemed most patrons at Mesa chose their set menu and we followed suit.  It was $50 per person excluding drinks.  Instead of ordering a down scaled set menu for Kiddo, she chose a plate of chargrilled octopus instead and picked at whatever else we had.

We started with five entrees to nibble at:

A trio of dips (baba ghanosh, tzatziki and taramasalata) with accompanying bread.  There was a shortfall of bread to go with the dips.  We were so busy chatting we didn't ask for more bread but it would have been nice to have been offered more considering the amount of dips left over.  Ditto with the slow cooked lima beans, would have been nice to have more bread to sop it up with. Rissoles.  Oooh, these were very nice and meltingly tender.   

Saganaki.... you can't go wrong with pan fried cheese...

...Not enough bread...

...Whitebait. These were my favourite.  So crunchy and lightly spiced. 

Here is Kiddo's chargrilled octopus.

For mains, Mesa brought out some amazingly tender gyros to share.  We got the lamb and...


The lamb chops were also executed very well.  Not over done at all and not still baa-ing. 

Greek salad with a substantial slab of feta was a God send to cut through the meatiness. 

And I almost forgot the seafood components - the crispy coated calamari...

... the grilled prawns and...

...the delightfully marinated tuna.  

We were pretty much hitting peak capacity at this point but there was desserts still to go with coffees and tea.  Desserts were a platter with fruit and galactoboureko and baklava.  I loved the galactoboureko as it was vanillay and custardy without being too sweet.  The baklava was a tad too achingly sweet for me. 

The adults had a variety of teas and coffees and beers.  Kiddo was served a Greek type mineral water flavoured with sour cherry.  She loved it. 

Verdict:  We loved it. 

Mesa is a popular Greek joint.  I would highly recommend the set menu as it offered a taste from a wide range from their menu.  There was a bit of an interminable wait for the mains but all in all, it was a pleasant (and tasty!) experience.  

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