If you’ve not had a chance to visit Greece, or more specifically, the beautiful Isle of Santorini, this is your best chance to sample the wonderful and authentic Greek Cuisine and some of the finest Wines ever to come out of this area.
From September 7th through the 30th , Molyvos Restaurant (871 7th Ave.–at 56th St) is having a special prix-fixe menu of New Greek Cuisine, prepared by renowned Chef Jim Botsacos and accompanied by a complement of some of the rarest wines from Santorini’s Argyros Estate Winery. A Wine List put together by Wine Director and Sommelier extraordinaire Kamal Kouiri. He personally selected each bottle while at the Estate from a limited number of cases produced and quickly mentioned that some of these wines had never before been served outside of the country.
Most of the dishes we had that night were vegetarian in nature, which might put one off at first but the quality of the ingredients and selection of Chef Jim’s seasonal Menu soon had us forgetting that there was no meat or poultry on the plate, but wonderfully delicious and healthful ingredients, indigenous to the area. These included Greek Fava, White Eggplant, Capers, Heirloom Tomatoes, Barley Rusk(there’s a new one for me) and Sour Mezzo Onions. Our one fish dish, a delicately served Mediterranean Sea Bass, was accompanied by Wild Greens, Black Eyed Peas(from Greece, not South Carolina!) and sour Mezzo Onions.
And since this fare was fairly light, the accompanying wines were all White varieties. And each one unique and delicious. Director Kamal slected some of the best from the Estate. The 2007, 2008 Assyrtiko, (Estate Kitma) and 2007, 2008 Assyrtiko (Bareli Ktima) were some of the finest white wines I have had. With the fish , he chose the 2007 Mavrotragano, (Kitma Argyros) which I highly recommend when you go.
Overall, the congeniality of the staff, and professionalism displayed, made for a wonderful night. So, even if you cannot get to this “Santorini” event before September 30th, a trip to Molyvos anytime will be well worth it. (Molyvos is a member of the Livanos Restaurant Group )
To your Health,