Lunch at Doretta Taverna

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When Doretta Taverna & Raw Bar opened, I had the privilege of sitting down at the table with some of Boston's finest foodies and owner, Chef Michael Schlow for a press preview. The meal was unforgettable; family style, mezze plates all around, flowing cocktails, an entire lamb shoulder and great company. When I heard they had revamped the lunch menu and brought Chef Brendan Pelley into the mix (formerly of Wink & Nod pop-up, Pelekasis) I was excited to head back and get a taste for myself.

It was a sunny afternoon when I arrived for lunch so I opted for something refreshing from their non-alcoholic drink menu; a refreshing Matcha Lemonade while my guest ordered Persephone's Seed's, a refreshing blend of pomegranate juice, cucumber, mint, and fresh lime.  I loved the Matcha Lemonade and have been attempting to recreate it at home with no success thus far (I think the secret is in their simple syrup).

While we sipped on our drinks we snacked on traditional greek Toursi (picked veggies), and ordered a couple of mezze plates to start including the Yellowtail Krio and Grilled Octopus. Krio is essentially the Greek version of crudo, and being a crudo lover this flavorful preparation of yellowtail, crushed green olives, chili, and lemon is a must-order in my book. The octopus was excellent, I knew this from my previous visit, so I couldn't resist placing an order. Even if you aren't a fan of onions (Doretta's octopus is swimming in them, no pun intended) the variety they use has a light, slightly sweet flavor that perfectly complements the dish. I don't really like onions but I happily ate every bite!

When I first glanced at the menu the Pan Roasted Scallops (chickpea-caper salad, crispy grape leaf, and citrus emulsion) immediately caught my attention so when it came time to place our lunch order I immediately knew what I wanted. For my companion, an Open Faced Pita with 15 Hour Lamb caught his attention. He made the right choice; if you enjoy lamb, definitely skip lunch and opt for dinner at Doretta, the 15 Hour Lamb Shoulder entree is incredible. In true Greek fashion we split an order of fried Zucchini Chips; perfectly crisp and served with spicy tzatziki dipping sauce.

And of course, what leisurely lunch is complete without dessert? We split the Galaktoboureko  with semolina custard and dried fruit syrup. It's my favorite dessert on the menu, not too heavy, not to sweet, a Greek classic. Overall, I loved the revamped lunch menu, and I think Chef Brendan fits right in, artfully contributing to the traditionally rooted, but creative approach to Greek dining Doretta has become know for.

79 Park Plaza
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 422-0008

I was provided a complimentary meal for review and promotional purposes. All opinions expressed and content created are my own. Thanks for supporting those who support!

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