121 Congressional Ln.
Rockville, MD 20852
Tapas/Small Plates, Greek/Mediterranean
Open Tuesday through Thursday 11:30 AM to 9:30 PM, Friday 11:30 AM to 10:30 PM, Saturday noon to 10:30 PM, Sunday noon to 9:30 PM.
Nearby Metro Stops: Twinbrook
Price Range: Moderate
Noise Level: Chatty
Taramosalata; fried kefalograviera cheese; eggplant melitzanosalata; whole fish with olive oil and lemon; moussaka.
Mezze, $5.50 to $12.95; main courses, $12.95 to $21.95.
Can't get to the Greek islands? Mykonos will satisfy longings for the olive-oil-based cuisine and whitewashed walls of the Aegean. This lively dining room goes beyond Greek diner fare with dishes like smoky eggplant melitzanosalata, an airy mousselike spread to dab on bread or savor by the spoonful, and beautifully cooked whole fish--usually snapper--dressed simply with olive oil, lemon, and fresh herbs.
Other finds include saganaki, pan-fried kasseri cheese sheathed in a brittle crust to spritz with lemon; taramasalata, a creamy dip made from roe and potatoes; fried cod; and the house moussaka, layered with zucchini as well as the usual potatoes, ground meat, and eggplant. Specials like roast lamb shank are worthy plates, too. Keep in mind that Greeks favor well-done meat, so state your preferences.
The salty fare marries well with ouzo, but there's a roster of Greek wines, too. Ultra-sweet desserts like galaktobouriko, an extravaganza of custard, honey, and phyllo, and walnut cake, cry out for thick Greek coffee.