What can we say? Since we added Zeus to our lives, affectionately called the Greek supremacist, we drink more shots because he loves to order them, drive less because he drives us home when we are inebriated and more often than not, go to Mythos for drinks and some Greek dancing. So back we were at Mythos… this time we at least came for dinner, as it was for a going away party, and not just for drinks and some Greek shimmying. The Divas, Vegan Vixen, Sweet Pea and the cousins arrived at Mythos ready to eat.
Mythos has two floors and a terrace, the first floor is just a restaurant, the music is lower, meant for talking and the décor is made to look like a classic Greek ouzeri. The basement area which is more rowdy is where we were sitting and in our opinion is the reason that Mythos stands out from other Greek restaurants. It is supper club-like with a large bar area and coat room that opens into the dining room with a dance floor, stage for a band and DJ booth. Mythos is sort of an institution in Montreal and you can see people between the ages of 18 and 80 dancing, drinking and eating.
The girls started their night with our favourite Greek white wine, Agioritikos Tsantalis. This is a wonderful Greek wine that is dry and delicious. The Divas usually opt for red wine instead of white, but Greek wines are the exception because they truly have some of the best white wines. And NO we aren’t just saying this because Diva #1 is Greek… damn Greeks. We kept ordering Agioritikos bottles all night, it kept us dancing and grinning from ear to ear. It was a set menu, which the Divas hate, but we were a big group so though we grumbled, we understood. We awaited the food, eager to see what Mythos had to offer. Diva #1 had eaten there before but this was before she was a Diva and did not remember much of the experience. Lately we have only been going to Mythos for drinks.
The first entrée impressed the Divas, it was tyganopsomo with kopanisti. Tyganopsomo is a type of bread that is made in a frying pan; it was crispy on the outside but wonderful, warm and fluffy on the inside. You rarely see tyganopsomo as part of group menus in Montreal Greek restaurants so the Divas were pleased and used it to dip into the kopanisti. Mythos’ kopanisti was creamy and smooth; the salty feta was flavourful and wonderfully coupled with the red pepper. We wanted more and were quite pleased with this appetizer.
Our next appetizer, served Greek mezes style so everyone digs into the middle, was the fried zucchini and eggplant slices with tzatziki. This is essentially Greek chips! Thin slices of floured eggplants and zucchinis are deep fried and served alongside tzatziki; a traditional yogurt, cucumber and garlic dip. The vegetables were crispy, not soggy and the portion was large. The tzatziki could have been a touch more flavourful, maybe if more dill was added but it was nice.
Of course being Divas, we started to worry about all the items on Mythos’ menu that we were not going to try because we were forced to order their set menu. Getting pouty, we decided that instead of pulling a tantrum, to see if maybe we could add one tiny little appetizer to our menu. We were willing to pay extra, we just really wanted saganaki, especially Diva #2. Saganaki is pan fried graviera cheese, similar to gruyère; the cheese is floured and fried. If it arrives at your table perfectly melted but still holding its form then you’re lucky because saganaki has a small window of opportunity where you can enjoy it before it hardens. It arrived with its lemon wedge and was devoured by the ladies (we are being generous by calling our group of girls ladies).
The next mezes that arrived is a favourite of Sweet Pea’s, the charcoal grilled octopus. A Greek staple, having octopus at a Greek restaurant is a must. Tossed in extra virgin olive oil with capers, red onions and grilled yellow and red peppers, this dish was as wonderful as we expected. The pieces were tender and not tough because the minute you overcook octopus, the poor bastard who is eating it will be chewing endlessly. Mythos did a great job with this dish.
The calamari came next; it was as expected, not too rubbery and tasty. It did not stand out but it met the standard of Greek restaurant calamari. At this point we were texting more cousins and friends to join us, calling Zeus to see if he was on his way yet and being our usual loud and obnoxious selves. If you are going to be over the top, might as well do it at a Greek restaurant where they are used to it. Greeks aren’t exactly docile people! Of course as we drank more, texted more and became more inappropriate, we started talking to the other clients and staff.
Our waiter was born in Greece and Diva #1 asked him from where. We found out that he is from neighboring village of Diva #1’s father on the island of Naxos. We discussed life in Naxos, and Diva #2 was smug that Diva #1’s Greekness was coming out again… Diva #1 gives up, she cannot hide her ethnic side, let alone at Mythos. The horiatiki (village) salad arrived; this is the typical tomato and cucumber Greek salad with onions and feta. The piece of feta was very generous and the cucumber was cut in length as opposed to slices which was very village like and made the presentation different than the usual tossed salad. A few Kalamata olives were rimming the bowl and it was true to the traditional Greek salad. Simple and fresh.
Zeus arrived; Diva #1 led him to the dance floor to do a couple of dances before settling down to eat. The meat platter arrived at the table filled with greek lokaniko (sausage), grilled chicken and lamb chops. The meat was cooked well and tender, but lacked a kick. The spices that top a perfect Greek meat platter were missing, or it wasn’t marinated enough. We enjoyed it but we weren’t wowed. The portion was once again large; we did not even finish it. Lemon wedges adorned the sides of the plate to top the meat and we ate away. And hey, no one can say Greeks aren’t accommodating people (though they really aren’t) they even made Vegan Vixen a vegetable pasta since that night she was pretending to be a vegetarian again, cute! We cannot wait until she is over this stage but we love her.
The meat platter arrived with oven roasted potatoes which were tasty, and horta, which are steamed wild greens similar to spinach. You don’t often see horta served as part of a group menu so it was something rare and delicious; it reminded Diva #1 of her yiayia who used to make them for her with olive oil, salt, pepper and lemon. The oven roasted potatoes were as expected; tender, covered in olive oil and lightly seasoned, the typical Greek potatoes.
Sadly we did not get any of Mythos’ dessert because the ladies who organized the going away party bought a cake. We danced some more, drank even more and had a wonderful time with Zeus who was of course in his element. He knew everyone, danced all night and even stayed past closing to discuss Greek tunes with the band. Zeus is known for his love of the clarinet (klarino) which he carries around with him and plays on demand, or even if there is no demand. Vegan Vixen and Diva #1 stayed with him past closing, Vegan Vixen smoked outside with the DJ and Diva #1 danced the night away. Vegan Vixen sure meets a lot of people on all of her cigarette breaks.
Mythos has a lot of other delicious dishes such as goat, lamb kleftiko and rabbit stew, but some of their main meals require two days notice which is aggravating because how can you know what you will be craving that day? The Divas are creatures of cravings. The best part about Mythos is the nightlife, live music, along with a Greek DJ, the dance floor is usually packed on weekends and you truly get to experience Greek nightlife. OPA!
Our Rating: Splendid
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