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Mystical Mezze at The Stolen Lamb

Deanna Thomas jets off to Greece without leaving Wilmslow

Published on March 4th 2014.


Mystical Mezze at The Stolen Lamb
 

A FEW years ago there were only 4 Greek restaurants around the Manchester area and now there are eleven, but none are quite like The Stolen Lamb.

By the third round of Mystical Mezze we knew we were being offered dishes far superior to the more ordinary fare you might expect from a typical Greek restaurant.

This family run Wilmslow restaurant is run by Chef George Hadjiyannis who creates the perfect balance between traditional Greek recipes and modern cooking techniques.

Chef George HadjiyannisChef George HadjiyannisSince opening on Grove Street two years ago, customers have enjoyed a seasonally evolving menu including dishes such as beef Stifado and their signature ‘Kleftiko’ - slow cooked, tender lamb.

George has installed a wood fired oven in order to impart an authentic grilled and aromatic flavour to the ingredients he so carefully sources.

The menu includes a selection of full flavoured ‘Thallassa’ or fish dishes such as ‘Barpouni’ – baked red mullet with monkfish spanakopita and smoked mussel sauce. There are more interesting vegetarian options too like sesame crusted halloumi or ‘Tiropita’ – butternut squash and wild mushroom pie.

Red Pepper Hoummus

The Stolen Lamb has recently introduced ‘Mystical Mezze’ on Tuesday evenings which, at only £20 per person for up to 20 different dishes and elements, offers amazing value for money.

It also gives George the chance to create interesting one-off dishes using seasonal ingredients found at the market that day.

He’s keen to give diners an authentic taster of Greek cuisine focusing on ‘the art of mezze’ which differs from the regular a la carte gourmet menu.

This way, regulars can try something new and new customers can get a sense of what to expect when visiting The Stolen Lamb at minimum expense.

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Mezze dishes range in size and are served over a number of different courses. These dishes don’t just change week by week, but table by table to suit customers tastes. Just let the team know when booking if there’s anything you like or don’t like, any allergies or special requests and they’ll accommodate you.

We were amazed at the variety of Mystical Mezze dishes we sampled recently. We began with a Martini glass containing a delicious earthy beetroot puree studded with feta cheese, candied walnut and a drizzle of fruity olive oil – no doubt produced by a friend of the family.

The next course brought a basket of pitta bread with delicious roast red pepper hummus so garlicky it’d keep any vampires away for days. This was served with warmed Kalamata olives and sesame crusted halloumi cheese on sweet onion puree.

By the third round of Mystical Mezze we knew we were being offered dishes far superior to the more ordinary fare you might expect from a typical Greek restaurant.

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Saganaki sea bream flambéed in Ouzo with crumbled feta and pureed cauliflower, a bowl of juicy prawns and cockles a la crème with capers and a dish of cauliflower that had been roasted in the wood fired oven to bring the natural sweetness out of this often overlooked vegetable.

Next came ‘Loukaniko’, a Greek sausage served with oak smoked onions, a palate cleansing chopped salad and a wooden platter of marinated chicken souvlaki kebabs with George’s own ‘Kalamata Ketchup.’

Just as we thought things might be winding down, we were served a delicious ‘Stolen goat puff pastry pie with lentils, butter beans and root vegetables’.

Dessert was the suitably light ‘Sweet Spoon’ – Greek honey yogurt accompanied by a glass of unusual candied walnut syrup water.

I heartily recommend Mystical Mezze at The Stolen Lamb as the place to dine on a Tuesday evening. It’s only £20 per person for an interesting selection of plates and a glimpse into authentic Greek culinary culture. All in a lovely restaurant setting without having to fork out for flights.

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Stolen Lamb, 70 Grove Street, Wilmslow SK9 1DS. 01625 419572.

Opening times: Lunch Tues-Sat 12-3pm, Dinner Mon-Sat 6-11pm

Book online or email info@stolenlamb.com

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IanMarch 5th 2014.

great value, must go soon

AnonymousMarch 5th 2014.

Ohhh, yummy. How did it score?

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