MEZE MAZI, Adelaide
As well as having my first authentic Mexican food experience this year thanks to Mi Mero Mole, I think I can safely say I’ve also just had my first authentic Greek meal. After mentioning to my ‘authentic Greek friend’ my lack of exposure to Greek food, she insisted she take me to her new favourite eatery Meze Mazi in Prospect. Meze means ‘taste’ or ‘small dishes’ and Mazi means ‘together’ and at Meze Mazi, owner Andreas Papdakis wants to foster the Greek tradition of sharing and enjoying meals with family and friends. Andreas describes his food as ‘traditional authentic Greek’ – the type you find at a typical taverna.
Situated on the well-known corner that used to house Babanusa, it’s wooden floorboards and a simple fit out. As for food, putting my control-freak ways aside for an evening, I was happy to be guided by the experts and Andreas was more than happy to suggest some dishes for the uninitiated.
The Scallop Saganaki really excited me. Scallops in a feta tomato sauce. Not at all cheesy, and so incredibly tasty that I scaped up every bit of that leftover sauce with a spoon and savoured it. The Feta Filo is something that I would never usually order. Firstly, I’m not a cheese fan, neither am I big on pastry but lo and behold, I loved this dish of pan fried feta cheese wrapped in crisp golden filo and drizzled with honey and sesame. It just goes to show that sometimes you need to try different things.
The Chargrilled local octopus with pickled onion and lado-lemono dressing was also good, having that really nice chargrilled flavour. The octopus is blanched for 60 seconds before grilling which makes it easier to work with. Then came the Imam – an eggplant pouch with onion, homemade tomato sauce and feta. Once again, a very tasty tomato sauce. Andreas then presented us the mixed grill – Chargrilled meats with chips, tzatziki and pita – chicken, beef, pork, lamb and sausage. My excitement levels were high. Mmmeeeeaat! Yes, yes, YES!
To finish, my friend was determined to have some Loukoumades – golden sweet deep fried honey puffs. I was pretty full by this stage so could only manage one, but she was more than happy to polish off the ones that I couldn’t eat. And just when you think you can’t eat another thing, Andreas brought out a slice of Sokolatopita – chocolate pie!
It was really busy for a Wednesday night and I hear they’re getting good crowds most nights so make sure you book. I really loved the entire meal – and there wasn’t one dud dish in the whole mix. I would be more than happy to go again and even have exactly the same dishes. Everything felt fresh and healthy (well, maybe apart from the sweets), but I still felt good after a pretty big meal. I now consider myself officially Greeked!