For our second wedding anniversary we ventured over to the 'other side' of town to Dickson to give the re-opened Plaka Restaurant a go. The Plaka was a Canberra staple for nigh on 30+ years at the Mawson shops until they closed their doors a couple of years ago. The family resurrected the restaurant, due mainly to the family's children wanting to again work in the family business. They have been open in Dickson for about 3 months now.
The restaurant is huge!! They can seat 70 people outside on the wooden benches (it was much too cool tonight for outdoor dining), and they can fit 150 inside. The tables are well laid out and there is plenty of room to move about. White tablecloths, white crockery and silver cutlery. Simple. Elegant. Greek themed decor adorns the walls. The menu is vast with lots of options. It made it hard to settle on just a few dishes. We will have to drop in again to try more selections, especially the range of seafood offerings.
For entrée we shared a plate of dolmades. Tasty, warm, beef and rice filled vine leaf parcels, absolutely smothered in a decadent lemon sauce. Five were presented on the plate, and we nearly fought over the last one, but cut it in two to keep the peace.
Hubby's main was veal scallopini. The veal was beautifully tender, and covered in a creamy mushroom sauce, with lovely veg and rice.
My main was the chicken souvlaki plate. Talk about a huge meal! Two chicken shewers, plenty of greek salad, potatoes, tzatziki, and oodles of homemade delicious bread. Next time, I think I will just hunker down on the bread alone, it was devine.
The only selection for dessert was baklava, which as tempting as it sounded, we just couldn't do it justice, so we finished the meal there.