Mykonos

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Mykonos feels like vacation. First, to get there you have to walk by the pool. Second, it’s surrounded by palm trees and flaming torches. And third, it just feels so. . . relaxed. It’s welcoming and easy, and after we’re snug in our booth outside it feels like we’re far far away.

It’s good we’re so mellow because service takes a while. We have to eventually flag a waitress down to ask for menus, and then flag another to actually put our order in. Once that’s done, they’re accurate but slow. We go for the spinach pie, fried zucchini patties and calamari to start with. The calamari is tasty and nicely breaded without being soggy. The spinach pie too is hearty and tasty. It’s also absolutely massive: they’re not shirking on the portions here. But what has me licking my plate are the zucchini patties, smeared in a garlicky sauce. They’re just spiced to perfection and I would like another portion.

But no time for that, it’s over to mains. My friend goes for the mousaka and I try the beef souvlaki. She’s really impressed with the moussaka, sort of a Greek take on lasagna, with eggplants performing the role of pasta. It’s oozy and gooey and flavourful, and again the portion is absolutely massive: she ends up taking half of it home. My souvlaki is a happy surprise as well. Now, Qatar is a country rife with kebabs. Every country seems to have their version, but generally I’m disappointed. They mostly turn out like little chunks of charcoal. Not so at Mykonos! They’re so tender they feel like they were braised, not barbecued, and leaping with flavour: no sodden lump of coal in my mouth, no sir. They pair them with nicely seasoned Greek potatoes and a bowl of tzatziki.

A note. From now on, I will be asking for extra tzatziki. And extra of their hot pita bread to go with it. And then a takeaway portion to come home with me. I love it. I want more of it. I’d like to swim in it. I’m not actually kidding.

After we’re stuffed till bursting, we plow through to dessert. We go for the chocolate pie and the galaktomporeko, sort of a cream pastry. The chocolate pie is a bit disappointing: it’s not chocolatey enough, with is sort of a selling point with chocolate desserts, you know. the Galak-to-whosit on my plate however is fantastic! It’s like a Greek millefeuilles, layers of thin pastry and cream. It’s not too sweet, just creamy with honey and goodness and a nice end to the meal.

We will be back: it’s the quickest vacation we’ve ever taken!

The bill (for two)
1x Water
QR25
1x Spinach pie QR40
1x Zucchini patties QR50
1x Calamari QR60
1x Beef souvlaki QR120
1x Mousaka QR75
1x Galaktomporeko QR45
1x Chocolate pie QR45
1x Café latte QR25
Total QR485

By Time Out Doha staff
Time Out Doha,

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  • Location: InterContinental Doha, West Bay, Doha
  • Tel: 4484 074
  • Travel: Onaiza Street
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