2011-11-30 / Restaurant of the Week

MYTHOS

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or authentic Hellenic cuisine, a visit to Mythos will delight you. Mythos is located on Northern Boulevard at the Bayside / Flushing border, with plenty of valet and street parking. At Mythos, the dining experience begins as you walk in the front door, where you are warmly greeted by charming owners Athena and Paul. The dining room is spacious, light and airy, handsomely decorated, and ideal for gatherings large and small. You’ll often see big families gathered for a celebratory meal, as well as couples sharing an intimate dinner. With holiday season in tow, think about Mythos and leave the cooking to them.

An expansive refrigerated case displays the freshest catches of the day, prime steaks, thick cut pork chops, enormous shish-kebabs, marinated quail and delicate racks of baby lamb. In addition, the steam table boasts the traditional hot dishes that make Mythos famous, such as moussaka, stuffed tomatoes and peppers, stewed rabbit, gigandes, eggplant and roasted chicken. Undoubtedly, one of the highlights of Greek cuisine is the wide array of hot and cold appetizers called “meze”, and salads that start your meal. Mythos grilled octopus is legendary, cooked to a charred finish, and very tender, drizzled with fine olive oil and oregano. Mythos’ eggplant salad “melitzanosalata” is hand chopped and mixed with fresh tomato and herbs and tastes like it came straight off the vine ($8.50). Taramosalata, tzatziki and skordalia and equally as good. Spread these wonderful salads on triangles of warm pita bread along with a carafe of the house red wine, or one of the bottles from their cellar. Greek and American beers are also available. Saganaki is a wedge of imported kasseri cheese that has been delicately panfried to a golden finish with a touch of brandy. A squeeze of fresh lemon brings out the wonderful flavor of the mild cheese. Gigantes are huge lima beans with a buttery taste, cooked with delicate herbs, tomato, carrots and celery for a healthy appetizer or side dish ($8.50). Mythos’ stuffed grape leaves (dolmades) are some of the finest around, served warm with wedges of fresh lemon ($9). If you can’t decide, a combination appetizer platter of salads is available, as well as a platter of hot starters. Large bowls of fresh salads can also be shared, such as the horiatiki salad, with red, ripe tomatoes, onions, cucumbers and creamy feta cheese. Soul-warming soups are made from scratch each day, such as the classic avgolemono chicken soup.

All the meat and fish entrées are prepared to order and served hot. We devoured our lamb shish-kebabs, tender and juicy, laced with vegetables and served with a choice of fries, rice or their fabulous lemon potatoes. Prime meats and chops are also excellent choices, such as baby lamb chops, seasoned with mild herbs and cooked just long enough to retain a rosy color in the middle. Lean veal chops and pork chops are juicy and tender, served sizzling from the grill. The New York sirloin strip steak rivals those found in fancy steak houses, at a fraction of the price. Try the mixed grill with baby lamb chops, Greek style meatballs, called “sheftalia”, grilled chicken breast and “loukaniko” country sausage.

Fresh fish and seafood plays a major role in Greek cuisine and Mythos serves only the freshest, purchased each day. Whole fish such as red snapper and porgy are grilled with herbs, a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of olive oil for a light and healthy meal. Next time I’ll try the juicy shrimp sautéed with wine and feta cheese. Batter dipped codfish, fried till golden, sounds great too, served with garlicky dip.

Just downstairs, a private party room can accommodate up to 130 people for a shower, engagement party or business function. Of course, smaller family gatherings of six or more are always welcome, though it is best to reserve in advance, especially on weekends and holidays.

Complete your meal with Greek coffee, espresso or cappuccino and one of their house made desserts. Galaktobourekia is a cloud of lighterthan air custard on a light phyllo crust. The Baklava is excellent too.

There is a great luncheon menu, served Monday to Friday from 11am to 3pm with prices from $8.50 to $12.00. Dinner is served until 11 pm on weekdays and on Saturdays and Sundays, dinner is served all day, making it a great place for a family meal. Orders are also available for take-out.

For a great, authentic Greek meal, excellent service and a spacious, comfortable atmosphere, visit Mythos. Yasoo!

196-29 Northern Blvd.
Flushing  718.357.6596

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