Take yourself on a culinary journey to the Mediterranean stopping in Greece without leaving the city. I had the pleasure to taste my way through many dishes on the menu at Hydra Restaurant which is located at the Exchange Hotel in downtown Vancouver.
Lawrence joined me for this wonderful Greek meal and this is what we tried.
Hydra Special – paper thin zucchini, eggplant tzatziki
Saganaki – flamed at the table kefalograviera cheese, lemon wedge
Forno Flatbread with olive oil, herbs and feta
Whole Mediteranean Seabass baked in the oven with sea salt and herbs (deboned tableside) served with herb brush
Grilled Vegetables (fresh peppers, onion, eggplant, zucchini, hydra vinaigrette)
Greek fried potatoes
Moussaka – traditional baked casserole of spiced lamb & beef, eggplant, potato & yogurt béchamel, served with tomato and cucumber salad
Grilled Organic Chicken Souvlaki – marinated in olive oil, garlic, peppers, herbs
Lamb Chops – broiled fresh spring lamb rib chops and aged vinegar drizzle
Brussels Sprouts – roasted brussels sprouts with bacon & lemon
Pita bread (side order)
Bougatsa – semolina custard / caramel-chocolate ganache cinnamon-icing sugar
Dark Chocolate Olive Oil Cake with pistachio sponge and meringue
We loved all of the different flavourful dishes, especially the tableside preparations of the flambe Saganaki, deboning and encrusting of the Seabass Fish and the cutting and pouring of the chocolate caramel sauce over the Bougatsa.
Hydra Restaurant is located at 825 West Pender Street in downtown Vancouver. Open for lunch and dinner daily.
By: Richard Wolak