For one reason or another, and despite many attempts, I had never managed to eat at Eos on Summer Street in the nearly five years they've been open. Fortunately, I had the pleasure of sampling their new menu, and if the old menu was anything like the new one, I was missing out!
First up was a trio of Mezedes, or small plates.
One at a time, from front to back:
- Feta Saganaki - sesame and poppy seed crusted feta with peppered honey drizzle. This was amazing. We could've eaten two more of these. It's sweet and savory, creamy and crunchy. Just delicious.
- Veggie Moussaka - zucchini, eggplant, potatoes, mushrooms and lentils with béchamel cream. Also delicious, and a great alternative when you want something meatless and yummy.
- Mydia - P.E.I. mussels steamed in white wine, ouzo, butter, garlic, and fresh herbs. Mussels + garlic + butter. You can't go wrong with that equation. Great eats.
Next were the EOS Sliders, ground lamb sliders with caramelized onions and roasted red pepper sauce.
My wife usually finds lamb a little dry and gamy, but she loved these sliders. They were tasty and moist, and the red pepper sauce was a nice complement.
Second course! Kypro Salata - mixed greens, grilled zucchini, mushrooms, eggplant, red peppers, haloumi cheese, and balsamic vinaigrette.
Grilled veggies are always a good thing. Haloumi cheese is kind of like "Greek mozzarella" and has a similar texture and salty flavor. Grill up some of that goodness, throw it on top, sprinkle it with balsamic, and you've got yourself a salad going.
From the top:
- Papia - char-grilled duck, black cherry and red wine reduction, and pine nut rice
- Lahanodolmathes (not pictured because I forgot to use the flash) - ground beef and rice stuffed cabbage leaves with creamy lemon sauce
- Ksifias - char-grilled swordfish kebab with lemon potatoes
The Papia was superb. The duck was perfectly charred and crunchy. I love pine nuts in any form (pesto, toasted, etc.), and this rice was no exception. And the cherry-wine reduction - wow. If it came in jars, I'd bring one home and put it on everything: pizza, pasta, toast, Cap'n Crunch, you name it.
The Lahanodolmathes were so-so. The beef was a little too dry for my liking, though the lemon sauce was quite tasty.
Bringing things back to greatness was the swordfish kebab. Like the duck, it was perfectly grilled, and nice and flaky. The lemon potatoes were also very good.
I spoke with Nikki, Eos' general manager, about the inspiration behind the choices on the new menu. She said that these were dishes that they've wanted to try since opening almost five years ago. They first introduced new items as specials to gauge the reception they got, and then went with the winners. The menu is mainly inspired by traditional Greek dishes, with the occasional different idea like lamb sliders, another dish they'd always wanted to try. The veggie moussaka came about specifically because vegetarians have been requesting it, and it's also an option for Lent or other times of fasting.
Thank you again to our gracious host, Nikki, and everyone at Eos. If you're looking for something new and delicious, make Eos your next dinner choice. Don't wait five years like I did!