Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ela!

This is a post about two different meals at Ela! I went on two separate occasions and decided to combine them both in one post- almost a comparative analysis of two locations.

The first, a lunch special at the Dartmouth Crossing location. This venue is lovely. With windows aplenty, the bright summer light filtered in on the new location's squeaky clean interior. The service staff was friendly and quick, and swiftly answerd all of my questions. I was really pumped about my meal- a baked haddock fillet with a lemon sauce, served with a side of Greek salad.

Unfortunately, it didn't live up to my expectations. The salad was drenched in dressing to an almost soup-like consistency; totally ruining it's potential since the feta was deliciously salty and the tomatoes plump and bursting. The fish was equally smothered in the lemon sauce, whose syrupy consistency over-powered the fish's subtle flavour.

On my next visit with friends at the Argyle location, I had eaten a bit earlier and decided to order just a small appetizer, the tzatziki with pita bread. This was definitely not a calorie conscious choice, but when you're in a Greek resto, the quintessential Greek dishes are a good measure of authenticity and quality.

I've never been to Greece (yet) but if this is how they make it in the motherland, then I'll be going there real soon. The creamy dip was thick and rich- certainly full-fat Greek yogurt was used here. I would have liked to see a little more cucumber mixed in, but that's just my preference - I don't know what the traditional recipe calls for. The pita was warm, soft and slightly chewy; substantial enough to carry the heavy dip.


Look at that fluffy pita...mmm, pita!


2 comments:

Kim Humes said...

We went to the Argyle location for Mother's Day and it was delish! I had stuffed halibut (it had spinach and roasted red peppers and cheese - mm! with these amazing roasted potatos on the side). It's a great choice for place to eat downtown. Oh and their pita is very very tasty!

Jill Mader said...

I'll only eat at the Argyle location - I've been a fan since I was in high school. I highly recommend the stuff mushrooms, the souvlaki, the koto poulo pasta and the stuffed chicken.

By the way, I stumbled across this blog recently and I love it! I'm always psyched to find other Halifax bloggers.