09 April 2007

Momos Ouzaria Taverna
Location: University City, Missouri
Time: Saturday, 07 April 2007 6:00 pm
Company: Jim and Hilary
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I absolutely love Momos. It is Greek cuisine at its best. Momos serves its food tapas style, which I love because you can try so many different things. We each ordered two tapas dishes and were totally stuffed when we left. Here is what we ordered:

Crispy Eggplant Fries: with tomato-sherry skordalia. Yummy! A refreshing twist on onion petals. The breading was very tasty and didn’t overpower the eggplant. The skordalia was a mild dip that complemented the eggplant well.

Spinach Artichoke Dip: served with crispy pita chips. This dip is very good. You get way more dip than chips, so load them up! I’m not that crazy about the chips; they are thick triangles that can be somewhat chewy. It would be better with different pita chips, but still one of my favorite dishes.

Grilled Beef Tenderloin: with spinach, feta, and a sun-dried tomato butter. I ended up eating more of this than anything. I ordered it because I love to order beef in restaurants because I rarely make it at home. The beef was pretty good. It was done medium, the way I like it. It was pretty small, but that was ok because my favorite part of the dish was the spinach. It was cooked, but not limp and stringy like a lot of cooked spinach is. It was infused with slices of soft mild garlic and the tomato butter. It was so good that long after the beef was gone, I ate the spinach with every bite of something else I ate. I would order this dish just for the spinach.

Crispy Chickpea and Feta Cakes: with tzatziki sauce. I didn’t like these too much. They were somewhat crispy on the outside, but pretty mushy on the inside. I think they are made with red pepper because they were slightly orange in color and I thought I could taste it. The tzatziki sauce was good; I ate it with some potatoes.

Falafil: served on pita bread with humus, cucumber, onions, mixed greens and tomatoes, topped with tzatziki sauce. I didn’t eat a lot of this, but it was good. The humus appeared to be fried, because it sat in a big lump on top of the pita. It wasn’t like a paste like humus usually is. But it was definitely made of chickpeas. Hilary cut it into wedges, pizza-style, and served it to Jim and me. Also came with Kalamata olives. Yum.

Grilled Lamb Kabob: spiced with moroccan herbs, served with lemon oregano roasted potatoes. This was an actual entrée, not a meze. The lamb was slightly sweet, I think because it had a red wine sauce. Very tender. The potatoes were crispy on the outside and tender on the inside. This was also served with roasted red pepper, all of which Hilary was happy to eat.

The staff was very friendly and attentive. Our only annoyance was a very loud man two tables down from us who spoke with an annoying (fake?) accent. The owners of Momos have really fixed it up. Jim and I were there two years ago and it looks very different. The other great thing about Momos is that it’s very close to us. About five minutes driving time.
Lucky for us, we may get to go again tomorrow when our friend Tom comes into town:)



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