“I’m eating Greek tonight.”
“Who’s the lucky Greek?”
From now till 19th May, Chef George Diakomichalis brings a slice of Greece cuisine heaven to Eccucino at Prince Hotel & Residence Kuala Lumpur. It’s his second time here, having had a similar successful run last year also at Prince Hotel. Chef George is the 4th generation of chefs in his family from Adelaide where he owns the award-winning Kalymnos Patisserie.
We were at the opening night to find out what the Greek the food’s about. It was a cosy affair as Chef George decided to fly his whole family down to KL. Wife, 2 beautiful girls, parents, parents-in-law… It almost felt like we were intruding in a family party, heh.
The spread was fabulous, an inviting introduction to Greek cuisine. It helps that Eccucino was decked out in matching decor: Greek flags everywhere including one stuck inside an ice sculpture.
Besides the Greek feast, there were non-Greek food available on the buffet line for those not accustomed to the Mediterranean taste. But we’re not talking about them today =D
So, what do Greeks eat?
Pilafi melizanaes ke domates: Eggplant and tomato pilaf. Prawn saganaki: Prawn and feta cooked in hotpot. Beef stidado: stew, rich and hearty. Gemista: Tomatoes and peppers stuffed with rice, filling and superb!
Greek-style moussaka (baked eggplant and meat casserole), rich and tasty. Grilled swordfish with oregano, sea salt and olive oil, zesty. Revithia sto fourno (oven-baked chickpeas), a staple in Greek cuisine and delicious.
Over at the salad and appetiser bar, there were Greek-style salads and assorted meze. Grilled eggplants, feta, olives, marinated sardines, artichokes, yoghurt and spinach puff, tzatziki, olives olives olives …
Spanakopita: baked spinach and filo pie. Grilled meats (choose lamb, beef and chicken). Yiros: Greek kebab with yoghurt, mmmm. Vine leaves stuffed with rice.
Dessert is something to look forward to as it’s Chef George’s specialty. Rizogalo: creamy rice pudding which was insanely delicious! Loukoumathes: fried honey puffs, a bit like fried doughnuts. Baklava, a rich sticky pastry of filo, chopped nuts and honey; one of my favourite things to eat! Koq: custard-filled shells with chocolate ganache spells decadence.
Other Greek desserts avalable: crunchy almonds coated in chocolate. I could use some of that right now. Cream kataifi which is custard cake with filo pastry, and a couple others that were gone before I had a chance to get to them :(
Chef George had a baklava-making demo which I wasn’t paying much attention to because I was enthralled by his adorable daughter trying to see what her Dad was doing.
It was also Papa Diakomichalis’ birthday and they brought out a cake to celebrate. Told you it was a family affair :P Very Greek-ish, if what the movies tell me are true.
Chef George will be here until this Sunday for the Greek buffet spread at Eccucino. Catch him while you can! Stin iyia sou!
Prince Hotel & Residences
4 Jalan Conlay
50450 Kuala Lumpur
Tel: 03-2170 8888
The Greek Food Festival runs from now until 19th May, pork-free, daily from 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Priced at RM98++ per pax, and children under 12 dine free with every paying adult.