It’s arguably the best dinner deal in The Magic City. No surprise then that the restaurant was packed on a Monday night in the usually slow tourism period right after New Year. Word is getting out about the incredible six course dinner with wine pairing for $79 per person (plus tax and tip) at Estiatorio Milos. As is always the case with Milos, everything was top quality and even though the restaurant was crowded, we and our friends felt as if the waiter only had eyes for us. Service was excellent. Plus, there was no din, so conversation was easy. And now why it was so good….
Swimmingly fresh seafood was the main event, featured in three of the six courses. But never fear carnivores, there were Milos’ popular lamb chops. We started with a selection of raw fish – tuna tartare and salmon served two ways. Then it was on to the tender grilled octopus with vegetables and a delicate fava bean puree.
Happily, the Greek salad that they do better than anyone else in town, was next, with its flavorful tomatoes, cucumber, black olives, green peppers and hearty slab of feta cheese.
The standout of the evening was the grilled lavraki, seabass, topped with ladolemono (a lemon and olive oil sauce) and Santorini capers and accompanied by broccoli. The fish tasted as if it had been just caught and was cooked to perfection. Next came the grilled Colorado lamb chops cooked as you like them, served family style with Greek fried potatoes. The final course, dessert, was something for everyone, with a selection of fresh fruit and creamy Greek yogurt with honey and walnuts.
Featured wines for the evening were from the Greek Pelopponese including the hometown of Milos, owner of the restaurant. They were organic, world class wines from an artisanal producer. Each course brought a different wine, never repeated, and each was perfectly paired with the dish.
If I have you drooling, never fear. There’s another Winemaker’s Taste of Greece dinner coming up February 4th, 2019. The menu will feature dishes including Grilled Lamb Chops, Lobster Pasta and Big Eye Tuna, and wines from Ktima Gerovassiliou, best known for rescuing and bringing back to prominence the long-forgotten indigenous Greek varietal Malagousia. It’s the same price (our friends expected it to cost $200 a head). Dinners are held the first Monday of each month throughout the year.
Estiatorio Milos by Costas Spiliadis, 730 1st Street, Miami Beach, T.305-604-6800.