Nice Greek lunch at Santorini HongKong

The crystal clear blue and white, the beautiful coast line… Santorini is always one of the hit travel destinations in the world. Living in Hong Kong, to enjoy the benefits of an easy access to worldwide cuisines, we’ve much limited choices to the authentic Greek restaurants. If you are walking around the corners in the famous gourmet zone (SoHo), you probably have an impressive of that slice of blue and white at the corner, where most of the restaurants are printed in sharp colors or in the dark metal shadows. That is Santorini, and I am happy to see it’s expanded to Wanchai, to my door.
We’ve got a very relaxing afternoon there, where most of the lunch clients are gone. The restaurant follows its original color tone and together with the beautiful paintings of Santorini or Mediterranean views, we were able to have a small bite on Santorini’s “imagination cake”. Seafood, olives, cheeses, eggplants, are the main ingredients I found in Santorini’s cuisine.

蓝天白云,美丽的海岸线,Santorini总是全球最热门最浪漫度假点之一。身在香港,总有些好处,其一就是围绕在周围的各国美食,正宗的希腊餐厅是绝对的小众,但好在中环苏豪美食区的这一家“蓝白餐厅”终于也开到湾仔来了。
悠闲午后时光,趁着餐厅已过了午餐的高峰点,我们可以一览敞开式的、色彩鲜艳的餐厅,还是那一份标志性的地中海蓝和白,也算是让我们白日做梦一下自己身处Santorini的某一处。谈起希腊美食,海鲜、橄榄、芝士、茄子是最常见、最主要的食材,可以算是Santorini料理的基本要素。

Santorini HongKong's open dining area

Santorini HongKong's VIP dining room

Yummy Octopus Salad from Santorini HongKong

The wonderful red soup from Santorini HongKong

The amazing Mezedakia Saganaki Cheese from Santorini HongKong

Dessert time and it's all about Greek Yogurt

special greek-style espresso after the meal at Santorini HongKong

Even Mediterranean’s weather is so different from HongKong’s, while the fresh enjoyment of seafood salad (Salad Octopus) is always welcomed, especially you will be spoiled by a lot of chewy octopus. I love that cheese topped with the fried crust (Mezedakia Saganaki Cheese), which I called it “Golden Brick”. It’s absolutely an eye-bomb that you just cannot get rid of it after witnessing the cheese slices stretched out from that brick. Trying Greek cuisine, you mustn’t miss those wonderful dips. Santorini offers a tasting platter of 4 dips (Dip Sampler). The four shades of Greek dips, covers different styles from light to heavy, and if you are a spicy-flavoured olive oil lover, you will love one of them. Personally, I like Taramosalata the most, for it’s the lightest and the freshest flavour to me. Taramosalata is made from 100% cod eggs, potato puree and lemon.

Thinking we’ve done with all the cheese, fried or baked eggplants? Emmm, actually we were just ready for desserts! No surprise, desserts placed some shadow of Eastern sweets, which I’m not keen to. However, the authentic Greek yogurt based dessert was absolutely a must-try! It’s super simply like what you could imagine to make in your kitchen, but it might be better you buy the yogurt from Santorini first, because that’s the key! To close the entire lunch, I’ve been introduced the creamy Greek coffee and I drank it in a traditional way (with a little sugar). I really like the extra creamy taste this special “espresso” has and I’ve even more impressed when they told us the traditional Greek coffee was cooked directly with all the leftover powder at the cup bottom. Be caution NO.1, don’t take it as a shot and try to “touch the base”; NO.2, a little sugar equals to a lot.


即使地中海气候和亚洲或是香港的气候迥然不同,大家似乎对于海鲜沙律都别有钟情,Santorini的这份Salad Octopus更是满满的一碟碎八爪鱼,弹性十足。我也很喜欢Mezedakia Saganaki Cheese,用上希腊的传统硬芝士,上面是一层蛋液和面粉烤出来的香脆盖子,我给起个名字叫“金砖”。撩开上面的盖子,撂里面的芝士的时候,这拉丝的壮景让人看得口水乱流。一餐希腊美食,怎么能少了传统的Dips,她们也有一份四小碟不同Dips的Dip Sampler,配上传统的烤饼一起吃。4款酱味道都不同,从清新的到重口味的,各有特色。我最喜欢Taramosalata,是四款里最清新的,用上鸡蛋、土豆泥还有柠檬做成。
别以为我们吃完芝士、烤茄子就算完事了,甜品大餐正要开始呢!不出意料的,甜品大多都很有中东味,不在我的偏好范围内,不过一款以正宗希腊乳酪为基础做出来的小清新乳酪甜品却是相当值得推荐的,比起超市里的希腊乳酪,这一款creamy的更明显,但酸度和腻度缺一点不过多。大餐的结尾,我们也学意大利人来一杯有助消化的“强力”咖啡。希腊版的浓咖啡带着一份额外的creamy感,传统的喝法是要加糖的。希腊人煮这杯咖啡的时候也挺有讲究,咖啡壶里不带有任何过滤器,煮出来的浓咖啡浮在上面而咖啡末慢慢沉淀到底部,喝的时候当心了,可别”一口了事”,另外,可以额外让少加点糖或者不加糖(我这一杯少糖还是相当甜的)

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