My last business trip took me to Palo Alto, the home of Stanford University, as well Evvia Estiatorio. This place offers Greek food at its finest. I honestly don’t know if I’ve ever been to a place with so many unique flavors from their array of appetizers to their beverages to my main entrée.
Nothing like a hand squeezed fresh lemonade on a beautiful 70 degree weather day.
For our first of two appetizers we went with the brussel sprouts accompanied with parmesan cheese shavings, pieces of bacon, capers and shallots. When I got a spoonful of everything the taste was quite remarkable. I can’t say that I’ve ever tried brussel sprouts before and I was quite impressed.
Believe me, that the second appetizer would not have been my first choice. I was hankering to try the Evvia flatbread, but the octopus came so highly recommended that I had to try it. In my mind I was thinking it would taste really fishy and rubbery and that I wouldn’t like it. I couldn’t have been more wrong! I’m glad my first time trying octopus was at Evvia. It was amazing. The meat wasn’t chewy or rubbery at all. Evvia grills it up in lemon, oregano, and olive oil. Delish!
The bread and olive oil was good, and in any other restaurant would have been memorable, but stacked up next to the rest of our food, it was forgotten. It did serve as a nice palette cleanser as we got ready for our lunch entrees.
I also tried a bowl of the soup of the day which was a red pepper bisque. After my first bite, I would have only given it a 7/10, but by the time I finished it, I was longing for more. It just had a very fresh and natural taste to it. It was refreshing to have a soup, that wasn’t busy with a bunch of ingredients floating around in side. This bisque was smooth, and the pepper and olive oil were a nice touch.
I’m going to get emotional when describing this dish. Holy Freaking Crap! Amazing! I mean for starters, check out the lemon on the left side of the plate. It was wrapped in a cloth and tied with a nice little ribbon. Evvia apparently didn’t want to take any chances of me accidentally squirting a seed onto my meal and thus tainting ever so slightly the experience. The veggies on the dish? They are innocent looking, but in reality they are jammed pack full of flavor. The word that comes to mind first when describing them is zesty. If moms across America had access to veggies of this quality, imagine the implications! The sauce on the right, I believe they call it tzatziki, was unbelievable. Finally the lamb itself. I love beef, but this other red meat is going to haunt my dreams. I nice rack of lamb when done right is simply divine. Love this plate!!!
My boss wouldn’t let me try his roasted lamb sandwich, but look again at the detail in which this plate was constructed. I’m pretty sure by the look on his face, that he was in love with his meal.
Evvia came highly, highly rated, and delivered on that high expectation. I felt like I could have been dining at one of the best restaurants in Greece. Before Evvia, I was in the mindset that Greek food was basically souvlaki, gyros, and cheeseburgers, because that’s really all I’ve ever had here in Salt Lake. This place really opened my eyes and taste buds to what Greek food can be.