Greek cuisine at Acropolis - Le Meridien Hotel, Abu Dhabi.
Having recently been at the opening of Acropolis and joined in the smashing of plates, I was quite animated about my return visit to sample the menu. The walk to the restaurant is a lovely one, notwithstanding the refurbishment that is going on at the koi pond. The garden village is quite lively with al fresco dining taking shape as the weather cools down. As I walk, I see the resident band setting up. A lively area is about to get even livelier. Nice.
|Just like home with captivating murals in the background.|
Acropolis is very Greek, even from the outside. Pristine white walls with the name Acropolis in blue looking ever so inviting. Despite the lure of the terrace, we decide to go inside. As the door is opened, I hear a couple of waiters shout out, "'Kalisperia", meaning something akin to 'Good evening'. I like it immediately. Rather than the usual hostess standing at the door to greet you in an often staid manner, this shout out has something really welcoming about it.
Someone walks over to us and shows us our table. The blue and white motif continues with the tables and chairs. The almost kitchen-like choice of furniture tells me in a heartbeat that I can expect a very homely atmosphere. This is completed by the white and blue checkered table cloths. Light fixtures recall Apollo, the Greek God of the sun. But my attention is grabbed by two mural renderings of Santorini and Symi. Glorious and evocative.
|Images of Santorini and Symi amongst others.|
|A manager with a very hands-on approach. I like it.|
Our mezze includes Greek staples such as Spitiko tzatziki, Spanakopita, Kalamari Gemisto and Souzoukakia. The tzatziki is what you want from this dish with the Greek yoghurt enjoying a perfect balance between the use of cucumber and garlic. Freshness is the impression I have as I try it. Next, the Souzoukakia (meatballs in tomato sauce) is an immediate hit with my daughter, and we order two servings. While we munch away on the mezze, there is a constant streaming of Greek guests. This is the sign that tells me that Acropolis is getting it right.
|The mezze is unbelievably priced - fantastic value.|
|Cutting the calamari|
|Delicious Stuffed red peppers.|
|Veal on the bone.|
For my main I am served the Moscharisia mprizola galaktos (veal). I am warned in advance though, that since it is served on the bone, I should expect a bit of toughness near the bone, but that the heart of the veal should be superb. That is exactly my impressions. At 250g it is quite a substantial piece of meat. I find the heart with the tenderness that I am looking for. I am curious in the end, though, why they went with veal on the bone.
I have a simple Chilean Alvinde Cabernet Sauvignon. I like that it is served in a tavern type glass - not a wine glass, more like a tumbler. Nice.
I round off dinner with Karidopita (walnutpie served with pine tree ice cream) and a fruit platter oddly called Fruit salad. Uncomplicated, and a good way to bid adieu to the evening at Acropolis.
|Simple pleasures - the fruit platter for dessert|
The low down
Le Meriden Hotel
02 644 6666
Salads 60 Dhs
Mezze 18 Dhs
Mains 60-145 Dhs
Dessert 30-45 Dhs