Tweetup Dinner @ Perama - A Special Event
Bread for the table
A couple of weeks ago (thanks to Fridley and Betty from Betty's Bites), I was invited to a dinner with fellow foodbloggers and tweeps (people on twitter) at Perama Greek Restaurant in Petersham. The owner/chef, David Tsirekas organised a special deal for all of us, which included a banquet feast plus drinks for only $50! I was so in! Little did I know that 'banquet' was such a major understatement.
Upon arrival, we were presented with a basket of sliced bread, some mixed dips and Greek salad. I had one slice of the bread, that I later regretted (note: no room for bread in the stomach when preparing oneself for a mega-feast!). I particularly loved the smoky eggplant dip - mm.. delicious. And I had never seen a huge block of cheese placed on top of a Greek salad before - very interesting, a bit of a novelty but delicious nonetheless. I tried not to overindulge on the starters because I wanted to save room for dessert.
And then came the onslaught... one beautiful dish after another...
Lahinika Loukoumathes $15.50
Deep Fried Asparagus, Shallots, Oyster Mushrooms, Zucchini and White Yam
(Vegetarian option for Betty)
Filo Pastries $16.80
Danish White & Ricotta Cheese, Shredded Lamb & White Bean, Rabbit Stifatho, Scallop & Prawn
After those dishes we had a slight break, to allow our bodies to digest. I was well and truly stuffed and ready for dessert (I had baklava on my mind!).
And then... MORE food arrives....!
This was a special goat dish or perhaps I should say, David and his friends' goat experiment! Basically, they bought and raised a goat feeding it with only beer and nuts for a few months. I only had a small bite but it was wonderfully moist and tender. I would say it was definitely a successful experiment!
At this point, we realised that we hadn't even started on the mains and apparently every dish on the menu was being brought out to us. Yes. That's right - Every.Single.Dish!
(1. cont...) And the entrees weren't even over yet!
The winner/stand out dish of the night! Sweet layers of pastry in between pork belly meat, dates and pistachios. The combination of sweet and salty flavours literally danced on my tastebuds!
2. Onto the Mains
I was really full at this point, that I actually didn't manage to try all of the remaining dishes (oh, such a shame!)
Lamb cooked in a clay pot with potatoes and olives, in a spiced tomato sauce and melted kasseri cheese
Time Out II:
After each of those mains were brought out, I asked whether we could move on to dessert. Everyone else was feeling it as well, as no one had expected this kind of a feast. But, David just kept sending his troops up with more food for us!
And then, finally I could see plates filled with pastries and ice cream brought to us...
3. YAY! Dessert
(I'm only saying YAY because I was truly stuffed, and because we had been eating for about 5 hours straight!)
Mandarin flavoured milk semolina custard wrapped in filo pastry
Sliced layers of vanilla bean ice cream, caramel sauce and baklava
= Pure Genius!
Oven fired brioche soaked in a spiced sugar syrup served with kaymaki (clotted cream)
Kalamata Baklava $12.50
(Chopped almonds with sugared kalamata olives and shredded mixed citrus peel)
and Olive Ice Cream
The Kalamata Baklava was again, pure genius. I loved the combination of the flavours. And quite possibly, the most interesting ice cream I've ever tasted - Olive Ice Cream! And it actually tastes like olive! There was also another ice cream floating around (no pics) - Olive Oil Ice Cream - truly original, and yes, it tasted liked like real olive oil!
Milk, Vanilla and Cinnamon Rice Pudding with Poached Rhubarb
Phew! What a massive feast!
It was after this feast that I was truly thankful for this blog. Without it, I would never have experienced such gluttony! After the 35 course feast, David emerged from his kitchen and came to meet all of us. He spoke to us about how he kind of just fell into Perama with no experience. And look at where he's at today! Whipping up amazingly creative dishes with a smile on his face. A big thank you to David for accommodating all of us and giving me a truly wonderful Greek feasting experience!
All the food was fantastic and I'm looking forward to going back to this cosy Greek restaurant, as a regular diner!
My fellow foodies that evening were:
Perama Greek Restaurant
88 Audley St,
Petersham NSW 2049
Tel: (02) 9569 7534