Thursday, 9 June 2011

A Traditional Rhodes Gyros Pork Fix...for one of us




We mentioned in a previous post that we had a shock when we went to the Greek island of Rhodes a couple of weeks back. After Meis (Kastellorizo), Rhodes Old Town was so crowded with tourists and it took a while to get used to. 

As with most places however, there's always a little oasis of calm if you look in the right places - or even if you stumble across the right places. While we were dodging and zigzagging through the narrow streets of Rhodes Old Town, we thought of a restaurant we stumbled across 4 years ago and somehow, Barry remembered where it was.

Captain's Restaurant in Rhodes
The peaceful Captain's Restaurant
Duck away from one of the packed streets and up a narrow alleyway and you're suddenly in the tranquility of Captain's Garden. We had the whole place to ourselves - for a short while - while we ate an early lunch and enjoyed a refreshing Mythos Greek beer.

There's only one thing to eat when you spend a day on Rhodes.

Kebab Meat in Rhodes
Pork and chicken ready to make gyros
Gyros is traditional Greek food. As in Turkey, when you visit Greece, you will see the spinning stick, rotating and grilling huge slabs of meat. In Turkey, this is likely to be chicken or lamb. In Greece, expect to see chicken and yes; pork! Gyros is slithers of pork (or chicken) served in a pitta bread with salad and a few chips (fries to those of you reading outside the UK).
Greek Street Food: Gyros
Greek street food: Gyros
Barry didn't even linger over the menu. Gyros had been talked about for a few days preceding our little hop to Greece - that was what he was having. The pork version. As for me, the rest of the menu succeeded in tempting me away from a pork fix. I went for two meze plates.
Calamari in Rhodes
Deep-fried calamari served with a wedge of lemon
Crispy, deep-fried rings of squid and what I thought was supposed to be a salad of baby new potatoes.
Baked Potato in Rhodes
Baby baked potato with a mysterious filling
Except it wasn't. It was a small oven-baked potato. But, all was well because whatever the filling in the middle was - I couldn't work it out, but it was good! - it worked really well as a dip for the calamari, too. 

By the time we'd finished our lunch and enjoyed a beer or two, the restaurant had enticed more crowds from the busy streets and there wasn't a seat to be had. Time to make an escape to the shoe shop to go and purchase our traditional, handmade Greek sandals.


7 comments:

That would definitely hit the spot!

I would love to go to Greece, it's one of the few European countries I haven't visited and I believe, along with Spain, it's the closest one to Italy, food-wise and tradition-wise :)

@ Belinda: Definitely.

@ Angela: We've been to a few places in Greece and it's a beautiful country. Each of the islands has its own personality.

oh yum and double yum. I loved the food in Greece when I visited last.

@ Sarah: I love the simple Greek food. Just a plate of meat or seafood served with a wedge of lemon.

Great post. Interesting how crossing the Ege brings some changes and some similarities. Greek food and Turkish food- they take the doner and do different things with it. Fascinating. Not a new idea to me but seeing you talk about it caused me to put it together.

@ DAD: Thank you. There are so many similarities between Turkish food and many other cuisines. We love to visit different places to compare and contrast between foods.

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