Monday, November 14, 2011
Ovelia - The Lamborghini of Greek Food. Literally
Tonight, my We Heart Astoria friends, Meg, Mackenzi (and a future WHA'er, Lindsay) got together at Ovelia for a team meeting and dinner. We haven't been in quite a while and decided to come by last minute. It was such a happy circumstance, and especially since their happy hour was going strong until 9 p.m. But I was also especially sated, since I finally got to try their piece-de-resistance burger called the lamburgini.
Pikilia Dips - We started with these lovely apps and shared a large portion for the four of us. These are simple, staple starters you can find in any good Greek restaurant, but simple doesn't always mean it's flawless in execution. Ovelia however masters them splendidly, the melitzanosalata is chunky, garlicky and full of flavor, whereas the tzatziki is cool, refreshing with a hint of dill too. The taramosalata is creamy and luxurious, reminding me of something really delicious I wouldn't mind spreading on a plump bagel.
Lamburgini - The relatively new lamb burger is quite the showstopper here, and although it comes at a premium, it incorporates some pretty spectacular ingredients. A thick lamb burger is cooked to your liking and then bathed in a creamy feta sauce and topped with chunks of crimini mushrooms. But the best part for me was the bretzel (homemade pretzel bread) that hugged the burger's contents - so hearty and salty and very filling. I think because this dish is so robust, I'd recommend splitting it or saving the rest for take-away. Since I was pretty hungry, I devoured nearly the whole thing, but as I'm writing this, I'm still pleasantly full.
Service and Cost:
Our waitress did all the right things - she was observant yet really appropriate when it came to timing. Everything was brought out efficiently and very close attention was paid to refilling our glasses of water, pita bread, and cleaning our plates. I felt like we didn't have to ask for a single thing and really appreciated that. In all honesty, I haven't had especially stellar service lately in Astoria and my experience here proved that it still exists.
Costs are moderate and all dishes we got were very gently priced, except for my crem de la crem, lamborgini, which was $22 (but it also included a generous side of French fries). All in all a very satisfying and delicious meal that I'd love to repeat on any day. Thanks Ovelia!
Ovelia Psistaria - 34-01 30th Ave, Astoria, NY 11103
N/Q Train to 30th Avenue