Douglas has been a professional food writer since 1986. He is also an award-winning actor and director in Community Theatre and has been for many years. His blog may be found at: www.urbaneguerilla.wordpress.com
Published April 16th 2013
Don't Myth Out - Try It
The restaurant somewhat enigmatically called Blue Myth is in the new Coventry Markets in Morley.
It specialises in Greek cuisine, which may account for the 'Myth', but why blue? It is however, no hit or myth affair (sorry, couldn't resist). It is highly professional, squeaky clean, reasonable priced and very convivial.
We dropped in as a happy family crowd of seven on a Saturday night, were warmly welcomed and seated at a table near the kitchen. The kitchen is open fronted so you can see the progress of your food from gloriously spit-roasted joints to plates of delicious nosh in front of you.
Char grilled Chicken
The menu is simple, but sufficient, with heavy emphasis on Greek cuisine, naturally, but offering enough of a range that anyone can find something tasty, from vegans to gluten-intolerants.
This was my first visit and I had little idea of what expect other than a 'It's great' from a previous patron, who also accompanied us, so that's voting with your feet.
As well as a la carte the menu offers a set dinner at $48.50 per head (adults, children under 13 are charged half). This is called Sto Trapeze and is designed to be shared, family style, by the whole table.
It consists of a trio of dips (Tzatziki, Tarama and Melitzanosalata) with pita bread and Kalamari (squid), followed by lamb, pork and chicken, either spit-roasted or off the char grill and a Greek salad as well as potatoes coated with lemon thyme and roasted.
All of these are available as single dishes off then menu as well. James for example, chose the Kalamari as a main ($24) although it's also available as an entrée ($12). I pinched a couple off his plate, as you do, and they were excellent. Tender and tasty, but a large portion and a more piquant sauce would have helped break up the sameness I feel, but it isn't really designed as a main, so bear that in mind.
The Kalamari (large)
For myself I forwent entrée as I was determined to have a sweet course and chose the pork. A pork shoulder, de-boned, marinated in herbs including aniseed and brushed with honey before spit roasting. The dish comes with a small Greek salad and the lemon thyme potatoes, but we ordered extra anyway ($10.40) just in case.
Shoulder of pork roasted at Blue Myth
The flavour was delicious, but the pork was a trifle on the dry side of perfect, although the potatoes were simply magnificent. The salad was simple and simply delicious, fresh and crisp and the dressing was out of this world.
Angela also chose the charcoal grill, but the chicken, which can be dry in the breast, but wasn't, the marinade of olive oil with garlic, oregano and lemon pepper having succeeded in keeping it delightfully moist and full of flavour.
We were well into our mains when the entertainment arrived. She was a belly dancer who had a figure I can only describe as effeminate. Tall and statuesque she was amazingly talented, moving through the tables and chairs of a crowded restaurant with ease and luring patrons to join her in dancing Zorba as a finale. A very professional dancer and with lashings of talent and charm as well as being stunningly attractive.
Slightly out of breath we sat down to the sweet course I had anticipated with eagerness - Galaktoboureko.
This is basically a Greek vanilla custard slice and served with ice cream. But if you're imagining a school dinner stodgy slice, forget it. The custard is at once light and rich, trapped between floating layers of crisp sensuous filo pastry. Just heavenly.
We finished off our meals with coffee and enough sugar straws to satisfy me and left, replete and happy, vowing to return soon.
In short, a Greek restaurant for Greeks and non-Greeks with entertainment, good food, excellent service and a highly-developed professional attitude to hospitality.
Well, we must have copped a bad night. Went there for our anniversary dinner with the kids. Arrived 6pm. Ordered. Mains delivered. One dish hadn't arrived and after 10 minutes we queried only to be told that they had run out of one of the specials of the day (early on Friday night!). Highly unusual for a first sitting. Also, really noisy and hard to have conversations. Music up too loud and sound just reverberates as more people arrived. My suggestion ..... there are other greek restaurants around that do a better job and have wider menu choices.