Greek Chef George Diakomichalis is back in town! Together with Chef Kalliopi Diakomichalis and Eccucino’s Chef De Cuisine Jason Manson, they will be cooking up a storm at Eccucino, Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur from now till 23 March 2014.
At the preview of the Greek Week Food Festival, we experienced the Chef’s Table – a feature for this year where you could choose to sit at the Chef’s Table and be entertained with tales of Greek food, culture and lifestyle at no extra charge. As Greeks are known for their hospitality, expect no less than a sounding good time at this special set-up.
Be prepared for a well-thought-out selection of Greek food to tantalise your taste buds. Note: I find the quality this year to be better prepared, more satisfying than last year’s. Maybe the local chefs are more accustomed to Mediterranean-food this time round? Whatever the reason, it’s great news for us diners.
A sneak peek of what to expect:
Start your meal with green olives stuffed with garlic and red pepper and Kalamanta olives. Big, plump, juicy olives sourced from an exclusive Greek-food distributor in KL. No way you can stop at just a couple.
Another recommended mezze, the marinated feta cheese. Slightly strong and overwhelming, I enjoyed it with the tzatziki – strained yoghurt mixed with cucumbers and warm pita bread.
The dolma – vine leaves stuffed with flavoured rice was surprisingly refreshing though with a slight sourish touch.
I enjoyed the gemista – bell peppers and eggplants stuffed with rice. Robust and bursting with flavour! If you like a sweet taste to your gemista, go for the one in red bell peppers. I think I might be inspired to attempt cooking gemista in my own kitchen!
Souvlaki – pieces of beef, lamb and chicken are grilled with onions and peppers. Eat together with roasted potatoes (mixed with olive oil and paprika) and the fresh pita bread. Be sure to squeeze a lemon wedge all over the meat to bring out full meat flavours.
Chef George’s specialty is dessert so there’s much to look forward to in the sweets section. Baklava – a rich pastry made of filo pastry, nuts and honey is a sure winner.
Save stomach space for the Rizogalo, Greek-style rice pudding. The cinnamon is a spicy, bitter and sweet twist to a filling, creamy dessert.
Prince Hotel & Residences
4 Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2170 8888
The Greek Week Food Festival runs from now until 23rd March, is pork-free, served daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Priced at RM98++ per pax, children under 12 dine free with every paying adult.