By MANDY POON
In Greek, yiassas means hello, kalimera means good morning, and kouneli stifado mai sikes kai roka salada means braised rabbit leg with fresh figs and a wild arugula cipollini salad. Try saying that even once fast. But you won’t have to be embarrassed by your mispronunciations at Montreal’s Tasso Bar à Mezze, where Greek entrées rule and a superb staff triumphs.
Tasso Bar à Mezze is Montreal’s only restaurant serving up Greek gastronomic flair in mezze, or appetizer, size portions. Being able to sample bites across Greece by ordering several dishes and sharing with friends is what makes the food at Tasso so delightful. And this tapas-style sharing keeps the costs down too. You could start with the seared scallops with sturgeon caviar and sea urchin mousse ($11), move on to some grilled giant shrimp with lemon confit and hot pepper mayonnaise ($9), and then take a few secret nibbles of your friend’s roasted beets with feta purée and walnuts ($6). And someone in your party has got to order the saganaki ($8). It’s cheese flambéed in alcohol. Enough said.
Whether it’s a solution for your indecisiveness or your pocketbook, Tasso Bar à Mezze will impress. So kali orexi – or bon appétit in Greek.
Tasso Bar à Mezze
3829 rue St-Denis