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TAIPEI DINING FEATURE
TAIWAN FUN MAGAZINE, Jun 2004

Going Greek at the Mykynos Taverna

Address : 8, LiShui St.
TEL : (02) 2396-9388

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      There's no plate smashing, but that's about the only drawback of dining at Mykynos.

      This restaurant serves up a tantalizing array of Greek specialties: Must-orders include Tzaziki--a zippy, creamy blend of cucumber, yogurt and garlic, which comes with a mini pita perfect for dipping (NT$220). Many diners sate their hunger by ordering only Mykynos dips--not a bad idea at all.

      The complex range of flavors from the harsh garlic to creamy, slightly sour yogurt to freshly cool cucumber awakens taste buds for the courses to follow. Greek white wine, Retsina (half bottle for NT$350), has a turpentine-tar bouquet that is far more appealing than it sounds.

      The Mykynos version of Aubergine Moussaka (NT$280) includes rice, eggplant, cilantro, cinnamon and tomato sauce with a creamy rich cheese baked to a tangy golden brown. Adding pine nuts and sunflower seeds provides a nice crunchy texture to balance the softness of cheese and eggplant. The extra spices ensure a complex flavoring not normally found in standard moussakas, the raisins a subtle sweetening.

      While the NT$500 price tag for mussels may seem a bit high for a dish listed under appetizers, diners can rest assured that they will get far more than their money's worth. This writer counted 32 large, succulent mussels--enough to serve as a main course for two people.

      The beautifully iridescent shells highlight the tender pink meat, which is further accentuated by the white wine, mustard, green onion, cilantro, green chili and feta cheese sauce. Chopped, pickled mustard greens round out the flavor spectrum with sharp, pungent green notes.

      Finally, for dessert, one can nibble Greek Cheese Cake (NT$120). A well-known favorite among Taipei sweet-tooths, Mykynos revs up this typically creamy dessert with orange and lemon peel--concentrated bursts of citrus flavor--and a generous dusting of cinnamon.

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