While Greece is making headlines in the news pages, its presence in the lifestyle section of London publications is also set to cause pulses to race – for entirely different reasons. The launch of Estiatorio Milos on Regent Street St James’s later this month shines a spotlight on Greek cuisine, and in particular its focus on fish and seafood.
Owned by Greek restaurateur Costas Spiliadis, the restaurant (first picture) has just opened booking lines for dates after July 30, and expectations are high. Spiliadis’s reputation for creating elegant, vibrant Mediterranean cuisine dates back to 1979, when he opened his first restaurant in Montreal. He now has outposts in New York, Athens, Las Vegas and Miami. This latest venture, clad in white marble sourced from the Penteli Mountains just outside Athens, is one of the most anticipated UK restaurant openings of 2015.
The London “Milos”, as it is colloquially known, will have a daily delivery of fresh fish from Greece and the Mediterranean as well as closer to home, such as Scottish langoustine. The day’s catch will be showcased on a large fish counter, manned by a fisherman who can advise on what to try, and how best to have it served – be it raw, baked in a salt crust or grilled. Each will be simply accompanied by “ladolemono”, a traditional sauce of olive oil and lemon with capers (second picture). Other house specialities will include the grilled sushi-grade Mediterranean octopus and the Milos special (third picture) – lightly fried courgette, aubergine, tzatziki and kefalograviera cheese served in a towering stack.
The wine list will feature many Greek bottles exclusive to Milos, and all the wine served by the glass (aside from champagne, of course) is from Greek vineyards. One reason in these turbulent times, at least, to toast Greece.