Last night we celebrated the harvest season of the most iconic fruit, the grape at Zaytinya. The restaurant’s third annual two-week grape festival runs from September 22rd – October 5th.
The food and drinks were exceptional, with my favorites being the lamb dish (Mutancene), the granita, and the cocktail. The Mutancene was a masterful combination of lamb, honey, vinegar, almonds, dried plums, and apricots. The “There’s More Than One Way to Skinos a Grape” (cocktail) is a combination of Skinos, Verjus, Dolin Blanc, Fee Bros old-fashioned bitter, a lemon twist and garnished with frozen peeled grape. It is like the Summer Shandy or Arnold Palmer of the wine world and is delicious. The granita worked wonderfully, with the orange flower scented yogurt espuma, candied orange, and lemon verbena combining to elevate the granita to a level usually unseen in that particular dessert.
We were served two great wines, Ktima Pavlidis Thema Red ( syrah/ agiorgitiko) and Thema White ( Assyrtiko/ Sauvignon Blanc blend).