Silencio’s hidden Greek treasure

Food 1THIS week we are featuring something completely different – a taste of the Mediterranean cuisine of the Greek isles.

Taverna Lycos is a hidden gem situated on the main road of Costa del Silencio (details later), and it is well worth a visit. We arrive and are seated amid the traditional décor of what you would expect from a Greek tavern.

We ask what they would recommend for us to drink and they suggest we try the Greek wine, one of the few places which supply it on the Island.

We went for the Red Imiglicos and were surprised by the refreshing taste. I would say it’s definitely sweeter and fruitier than a normal red, but perfect for our warm climate, and it paired well with the food that followed.

To begin with, we shared the Meze, which were the mixed starters. This comprised Tzatziki, (a type of cucumber yoghurt, fresh and delicious), marinated feta cheese and kalamatra olives, grilled cheese, grilled squid and muscles, as well as Dolmadakia, which are a speciality of rice wrapped in vine leaves and served with a lemon sauce.

The multi-dish Meze also comes with a variety of dips and sauces, as well as fresh, warm bread on the side.

As with all Greek food, the wonderful thing about meze – rather like its Spànish cousin tapas – is the freshness of its ingredients, which include an abundance of herbs and olive oil, and the variety of flavours, from earthy and meaty to zesty and sweet.

For mains, we went for the Lamb Laros and the Paros Greek salad, which we also shared – a good decision as the portions were rather generous, to say the least.

But before we were allowed to start our second course, we just had to have a small shot of Ouzo, the local liqueur, to “settle our stomachs” for the rest of the food.

The lamb was tender and infused deliciously with garlic and rosemary, served with mixed, roasted herb vegetables and potatoes.

The salad was colourful and full of flavour – a mix of Feta cheese, tomatoes, cucumber, olives, with a mint-and-herb dressing.

The two dishes together made a perfect combination, and we really didn’t have space for full desserts. But they did persuade us try small samples of the Greek yoghurt with honey (the healthy option) and the Halva, a light pastry with nuts and honey (the not-so-healthy option).

We had a quick chat with the owners, Jutta and Wolf Darteld, to see where their inspiration for this beauty came from, and it turns out they are originally from Germany, which explains why it was all done to perfection.

But they worked many years in Greek kitchens and have a real passion for these southern Mediterranean flavours.

All the base products used are imported from a specialist wholesaler. And if you would like to see the rest of the amazing menu, we urge you to take a look at their website.

Taverna Lycos is open 6-10.30pm every evening except Wednesday, and they are also open for Sunday lunch in the winter from midday.

The taverna can be found in the Chaparral apartments next to the shopping centre of the same name on the right-hand side of the main Silencio road, coming from the Las Galletas turn-off.

It is also an excellent venue for private parties and special occasions. For more details, or to reserve a table, contact 626 360, 167

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