The lunch special

love-opera-victoria-bakerIn the world of real estate they say these three things are essential: location, location, location. Well, in the realm of haute cuisine it is: ingredients, ingredients, ingredients.

The art of great cooking is about not interfering with the perfection of the ingredients. Nobody understands this as well as the Greeks, who will highlight the seafood treasures of the Mediterranean with nothing but a drizzle of olive oil and a sprinkle of sea salt. But Greek food has often been misunderstood by the rest of the world: gyros and Greek yoghurt have different meanings in their native land.

They are not the greasy interpretations we may be familiar with. In fact, true Greek food is one of the healthiest cuisines in the world.

Last week I discovered the New Greek ambassador in NYC, Ambassador of Greek food that is, he does his diplomatic work in the form of a 5 star restaurant. Estiatorio Milos is one of the best restaurants in NYC. Their credo is to start with the world’s finest and freshest ingredients. They interfere with nature as little as possible by using simple cooking techniques.

Their fish is flown in from all over the world, the Mediterranean features largely on the menu and with good reason: the fish is sublime.

Costas Spiliadis, chef and founder of the Milos Empire which boasts restaurants in London, Miami, Las Vegas and Montreal is the oracle of Greek cuisine in America. His philosophy about all things Greek has found disciples among the world’s most respected critics, and certainly among the public. From its original base in Montreal, Estiatorio Milos opened in 1997 in New York City to rave reviews and recently launched its newest and most glamorous venue in Las Vegas.

A native of Patras, Greece, Costas Spiliadis’s defining ideas about food had their genesis with his mother, herself an outstanding cook. Subsequent travels throughout Greece, experiencing its regional cuisines, confirmed his fundamental insight: The best Greek food is truth- simple, perfect, unadorned.

But I need to tell you about their Lunch Special Prix Fixe which is the best value you will find in the city! For $27.50 you get three courses of the most exquisite seafood. I ordered the two grilled Canadian Scallops with orange and mint salad as an appetizer. The scallops are huge, fresh and delicious. Next came the Loup de Mer from the island of Kephalonia, grilled and served with steam crown broccoli: delicious.

Lastly I chose the fruit bowl which was a copious serving of the freshest, most succulent fruit I’ve ever eaten outside of, well…the Mediterranean. The service is exceptional, the setting elegant and if you have lunch there you won’t break the bank or your diet.


Victoria Baker, of Greenwich, is an opera singer. Winner of many prestigious competitions, she has performed and worked with distinguished artists all over the world (notably at Lincoln Center). Should you have any questions that deserve answers and may be in print please call 203-531-7499 or e-mail [email protected]

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