Greek food to me has always been about shish kebabs and Greek salads sprinkled with enormous amounts of feta cheese. Nothing wrong with that, until you try real authentic and well prepared Greek food.
, in a non-Greek location such as Toronto’s financial district, gave me a new appreciation for the “Gods’” food.
Kastropolitia white wine
Before I start off with the mains, let me open up your appetites with the greatest discovery I had at Volos…Kastropolitia white wine. Being a little bit reserved with my wine selection, and having never tried Greek wine, I admit I was not really holding my breath for it. I was very happy to realize I was wrong. This fantastic wine not only brought me joy, but also expanded my horizons that much more!
Dry with a pale golden colour and a fresh fruity flavour, the Kastropolitia reserve was tasty on the palate and smooth as you sipped through it. Needless to say, half a bottle later I was still enjoying this wine.
And what goes better with wine than cheese? The answer is, Greek cheese!
Kefalotyri cheese was the selection that night. And in case you are wondering, yes it did come with the flames entertainment followed by our waiter politely saying out loud “Opa!”. It does not get more Greek than that.
The cheese was simply tasty. Mostly made from sheep’s milk, bathed in some brandy and sprinkled with a bit of lemon, its texture was crusty on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. My food exercise that night consisted of sipping wine, then having some cheese, sipping wine, then more cheese, and so on and so forth.
As I was obviously just starting my meal, I decided on a small appie, the Gigantic Sea Scallops!
Gigantic Sea Scallops
You know what they say, go big or go home! And so we decided not to go home that night. These scallops, quite honestly, were the best thing I had at Volos. Only the Greeks would mix the Mediterranean way of eating eggplant (aka, grilled then pureed) with seafood. It looked like these huge scallops were Zeus and the pureed eggplant beneath them were the clouds representing the skies. OK, maybe too much wine drinking on my part, but you get the point. They were delicious, perfectly seasoned and cooked just right.
After indulging in quite the selection of wine, cheese and appetizers, I finally got to try, and for the first time I should say, the famous Moussaka.
The ingredient that stood out from this dish was the Kefalotyri Cheese Béchamel sauce. Throughout the entire dish, you tasted this delicious white sauce. Not too overpowering or bland, just done right.
is an eggplant based dish from the Mediterranean. The Greeks have actually “own” this dish for quite some time and have made a delicacy of it. The Volos Moussaka
is a layered dish containing thinly sliced pieces of eggplant, zucchini and Yukon gold potatoes, seasoned ground beef, Kasseri
cheese and the very beautiful Kefalotyri Béchamel
sauce I just described. Another one of Volos’ hits. Opa!
Until next time Foodies!
Dining Experience: Dinner
Location: 133 Richmond Street West, Toronto, ON
Menu items: Kefalotyri Cheese, Giant Sea Scallops and Moussaka paired with a lovely Kastropolitia white wine