Greek Mediterranean @ Eccucino

Chef George Diakomichalis is back at Eccucino, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur once again. And this meant it was another yummy Greek Mediterranean dinner for me.

After last year's lip smacking meal (click to read), there has been quite a few dishes that I looked forward to tasting again. After all, there is no Greek restaurant in Malaysia and my only Greek fix has only been when I dined at the homes of my Greek pals whom I met last year.

Upon arrival, I was greeted by the familiar faces of some of my Greek pals who reside in Malaysia. And of course this time around, Chef George Diakomichalis was accompanied by his wife and 2 pretty daughters. The lil girls were dressed in their pretty traditional Greek dresses.

I will confess that I was perhaps not at my best behaviour when I arrived. I actually walked off as soon as the necessary greeting formalities were sorted out. And bad behaviour was because I wanted to look for my 3 favourite Greek Mediterranean noms: Anomala, Finikia and Dolmades. And yes they were there and confession number 2, I started munching on the Anomala as I walked to my seat and as I took pictures of the yummy buffet spread.
Anomala is a common snack in Greece. Simple and tasty chocolate covered almonds.
Dolmades: vine leafs filled with rice, pine nuts and meat.
Finikia: walnut shortbread with honey with hints of cinnamon and orange. Sounds sweet? Totally not sweet and perfect with a cup of Greek coffee!

The selection of Greek dishes this year differs slightly from last year. Chef George Diakomichalis certainly thrilled the diners (and a number of them were Greek) with an extensive menu ranging from starters to main course and desserts. Here's some pics for some of my fave dishes:D
Appetizing Fajita Marinated Chicken Skewers with Avocado Cream
 Yiros: Spit-roasted Lamb in Pita Breads
Very salty Marinated Sardines are not meant to be eaten on its own. I liked it with some salad of fresh greens and corn.
Cold Tzatziki is made of goat's milk yogurt and mixed with cucumber, garlic, salt and olive oil. Lovely to be eaten with breads and of course with Melitzanes Aromatikes. I liked it too with the Greek meat skewers Souvlaki.
Melitzanes Aromatikes: Roasted eggplant with olives. This Greek meze is slightly tangy from the use of vinegar and goes well with tzatziki. And this robust meze is often taken with Greek Apéritif Ouzo.

Khioratiki Salata is a refreshingly healthy and tasty Greek style country salad.
There still doesn't seem to be a name to this dish. Made with red snapper mashed together, it is somewhat similar to Taramosalata which is made of fish roe, potato, lemon juice and olive oil. 
Greek meat skewers Souvlaki.
Pilafi Melizanaes ke Domates: Eggplant and tomato pilaf. Took lots of it since long grain rice were basically healthier than our local or Thai rice and I needed to load for my weekend runs:D
Utterly love the Moussaka: aubergine, mince meat, potato and cheese.
Kotopouto Ringanato: an appetizing dish of lemon, chicken, potatoes and carrots.
Beef Stifado: I took a bad picture but this is a hearty beef stew with tender beef chunks.
Prawn Saganaki: prawn and feta cooked in a hot pot.
Fasolatha: comforting white bean soup that taste a little like minestrone. Pardon the chili flakes...I am Malaysian:P

Rizogalo: creamy rice pudding with a festive touch of spices. 
Koq: cake cookies sandwich with chocolate ganache and sweet custard.
Loukomathes: fried honey puffs that taste a little like donuts.
Spanakopites: gorgeous filo pastry filled with savoury spinach
And no Greek meal is complete unless we have Baklava a sweet pastry filled with honey and almonds.

While we dined, Chef George Diakomichalis demonstrated how easy it is to make Baklava. And it was  a sweet sight to see his youngest daughter watching him throughout. Looks like we do have a pastry chef being groomed!
Chef George explaining how Baklava is made.
Watching Daddy intently.

And while you're indulging in a Greek feast, remember to get a taste fo Greek drinks too. 
My favourite Ouzo. This aperitif is often consumed before meals with savoury meze. Drink it neat or mix it with some ice.
Of course Greek coffee is also a must. Your choice of hot or cold.
Greek coffee goes really well with the fine selection of Greek desserts. Ooops, I just hijacked the drinks section with the yummy desserts:D
And if you love wines, then do check out the white and red Greek wines.

Greek Mediterranean Buffet Dinner ends on 19th May 2013.
• RM98++/pax for adults.
• Children under 12 dine complimentary with every paying adult.
Lobby floor of Prince Hotel and Residence KL
Jalan Conlay
Kuala Lumpur.
T: +603 2170 8888

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