Many, many years ago when I worked at IBM I met some really great people. Three of those people are ladies that I still meet up with today. It takes a lot of back and forth emailing, but we always manage to meet for dinner every few months. Our lives are pretty different and on the surface we don’t have a lot in common, but when we get together we usually talk until the restaurant closes.
This past Friday night we met up at Platia Greek Kouzina. More often than not we meet up for Asiany type food so having Greek was a nice change for us. If you’ve been following my blog then you know I normally talk about the entree last. In this post, however, I am going to be talking about it first.
Basically, the best part of my meal was the appetizer so I’m saving that one for last!
Available Friday and Saturday nights only, Platia has braised lamb shank on the menu. Well, you know I had to order it since it was a speciality and they only serve it two nights out of the week. It comes with an oven baked tomato orzo and you choose another side. I went with the Greek potatoes.
The lamb shank was fall off the bone tender. The tomato sauce it was braised in was perfection. I could not stop dipping my pita bread into the sauce that’s how good I thought it was. The lamb was not too gamey, but you definitely knew that you were not eating beef.
The tomato orzo was okay. I wanted to love it, because I enjoy orzo so much. However, it reminded too much of SpaghettiOs…
Honorable mention of the night’s meal goes to this little beauty. It has a name, but for the life of me I can’t remember what it is so we’ll just call it “chocolate cake”. It was delicious. The cake itself was really “m” word, but that whipped frosting was to die for. This cake was not heavy at all. It was so light that even though I was full from dinner I could have finished the whole piece. It’s a good thing that we shared it, because my stomach would have protested big time if I tried to put any more food into it.
Now, it’s time to talk about the AMAZING appetizer. When I saw that Platia had marinated flame broiled octopus on their menu I had to order it. I’ve seen Anthony Bourdain and Andrew Zimmern eat octopus in Greece too many times not to. My dinner companions for the most part are not that adventurous so I wasn’t sure if I was going to be eating this by myself or not.
The octopus was marinated in olive oil and red wine vinegar. You can definitely see from the charred marks that it was flame broiled. I took the lemon wedge that they gave me and spritzed it all over the octopus. Since I’ve never had this dish before I wasn’t sure what to expect. I’ve had octopus plenty of times so I was expecting it to be chewy. I was completely wrong. The octopus was so tender that if you didn’t know what you were eating you would have thought it was scallops that’s how soft it was. That red wine vinaigrette and rosemary (I think…) totally made this dish. It was AMAZING!
I was pleasantly surprised when my friends (minus one 🙂 ) liked it. One of them even said she could have made a meal out of it which I totally agreed with. This appetizer was on the pricey side. It was close to $11, but it was well worth it. If you like Platia or want to try their food I highly recommend it. I also recommend the Ktapodi! If you like seafood then you will love it.