By Shana Overhulser, www.BocaLocals.com
Thanks to the food gods – Boca now has a delicious new casual Greek restaurant in their midst! Gyromania, the new kid on the block, has recently made a second home for itself on the conner of Palmetto and Powerline. The first restaurant that had opened in Coral Springs 3 years ago was so talked about, I was anticipating this long-awaited Mediterranean meal – and it did not disappoint.
The process for which to make fresh food from the best quality ingredients is the main focal point for owner, Peter Alexopoulos, and General Manager and Chef, Zach Bernier. Myself and a couple of fellow food enthusiasts happily dove right in to the Homemade PIKILA – a sampler platter of Dolmathakia (stuffed grape leaves), hummus and tzatziki served with sliced toasted pita bread. The tzatziki is completely made in-house – including the strained yogurt that the sauce is made from. Chef Zach explains that contemporary Greek cookery makes wide use of olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs, grains and bread which is evident in most, if not all, of it’s dishes. The homemade SPANAKOPITA (spinach pie) was delightful with a delicate baked philo with spinach, feta cheese and herbs and side Greek salad containing olives, tomato and crumbled feta on top. Not a bite was left!
I couldn’t hardly take my eyes away from the Feta Cheese and Olives that had been placed on the table. The reason being is that I am such a lover of feta cheese. These large triangular beauties just took my breathe away and the taste was spot on – a nice drizzle of olive oil and sprinkle of oregano. The real show stopper was the Lamb Chops Platter containing 3 Fire-Grilled lamb chops marinated in fresh herbs served with choice of 2 sides. We had rice and side Greek salad.
Next was the Beef Souvlaki Platter, offering marinated beef on skewers served with pita bread slices, tzaziki, salad and lemon potatoes. Whoa, Nelly, did these lemon potatoes live up to their name! Loud praises from the crowd on the cunning performance of tender Kansas beef.
Like most, you could never pass a Greek establishment without ordering a Gyro. Here at Gyromania, one of the first things you see as you enter are the shiny rotisseries with juicy meats from where mildly seasoned beef and lamb meat are sliced from. The tricky bit about the meats, Chef Zach tells us, are that they are tenderized with the juice of an orange. A secret my mother told me when marinating her meat! Of course, a gyro is not a gyro with out a splash of their famous tzatziki sauce, tomatoes, onions and cucumbers.
The wholesome quality of Gyromania surpasses your expectations. If celebrated Greek cuisine is in your future – look no further. 7036 W Palmetto Park Rd, #54, across from Publix in the Garden Shops, Boca Raton, Florida. Perfect for family dining, business lunches, take-out on a busy evening and catering any affair. #Gyromania
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