Review By: Julianne Di –
I swore I’d never go back to Yiasou Estiatorio after my first meal here. I had felt duped by the allure of the description “Greek Restaurant” and was expecting lots of options that would include my favorite Mediterranean ingredients like feta cheese, lemon, more lemon, Kalamata olives, olive oil, chickpeas, and nuts. Don’t get me wrong, you will find these ingredients on the menu, but they’re used in a bland and not at all unique fashion. The best dishes on their menu are fish and seafood; rightly so, because the location of this restaurant is right across from the bay. Anyway, the only reason I found myself here again was because my friend chose it for her birthday so I really couldn’t argue.
The restaurant has a nice view of the bay and the boats and there was one couple sitting outside and enjoying it, but for me it was way too cold for that. My friends and I were all starving when we arrived so we skipped appetizers and went straight for the entrees. I do have to say that the service here is great and if you love to pair raw oysters, wine, and a view of the water then this can be a very relaxing and romantic night out and maybe a perfect restaurant for you.
We ordered the grilled swordfish and the lamb dish. The swordfish was very good and still had that fresh grilled taste. The lemon sauce on top was very good as well, but any sauce with lemon and capers usually does right by me. The fish was paired with vegetables and rice, which were both fine.
The lamb dish was not at all what I was expecting. It tasted more like an Italian dish with the orzo than Greek. However, the pieces of lamb in the dish were very tender and peeled right off of the bone. The serving size was so much that I had to take the rest of it home. The round fries that came on the side were crispy thin slices of potato. They weren’t greasy or oily at all, which was a huge plus.
For dessert, we decided against the traditional baklava, and some of the other choices like warm chocolate cake with ice cream were not really Greek, so instead we went with the semolina. The texture of the cake was kind of like a flan and I really didn’t like it very much or eat much of it. The only part of the dessert I liked were the honey soaked pieces of phyllo dough surrounding the semolina.
This restaurant is still really not on my list of places that I would like to return to. Mostly, I think my opinion of Mediterranean food in general has been forever ruined by Tanoreen which hands down has the BEST middle eastern food I have ever eaten. The prices at Yiasou are not that expensive but it’s definitely not what I would call a cheap night out.
I’ve been to Yiasou twice and have never tasted anything that really made me want to come back for more. I’m hoping no other friends pick this place for their birthday dinner, but I imagine that’s the only reason I would ever return.