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So finally a Greek Restaurant has opened in the Playa Flamenca Commercial Centre. It is called Dancing Zorbas and is open evenings from 5pm.
I have been devoted to greek food and mentality from an early age and coming from Berlin, where we have a lot of excellent family-run Greek restaurants, I knew from the beginning that this Zorbas has to fill some very big shoes. You just cannot beat the open and welcoming atmosphere of a proper Greek. So when I heard that finally a Greek has opened (why are there no Greeks in Spain???) I was over the moon and full of expectation. When I opened the menu it struck me as odd that the first of three pages of main courses is marked as Italian and consisted of mainly pasta and pizza. Oh well I thought, no matter. The second page reads 8 dishes, 3 of them are Gyros, 2 of them deal with chicken wrapped in bacon. The is no lamb and only 1 fish dish. 3rd page consists of 8 different Moussakas! So we decide to go for some mixed starters and see how we go… We order Mezee which is a starter platter consisting of Zaziki, Taramasalata, Hummus, Feta Cheese, Pita Bread and fried vegetables, the lot at 7.50€. Sounds like a good deal? You wait. Also we ordered a greek salad and white house wine.
I takes some time until the starters come. But thats fine, no hurry. Finally there it comes, a small tray and an even smaller plate, like the one you would put your gravy boat on. You know how Greeks are known for their generosity and hospitality? This one did not get the message. The salad was half an inch high with thinly sliced cucumber and tomato, 10 small cubes of *feta* cheese on top. Half a dozen olives…thats it. After closer inspection the Feta turns out to be those Feta-style cubes in brine, that you buy in Lidl (which is only across the road, odd…). The Mezee turns out to be 3 tiny tubs of unsalted dips, of which I could only identify the Zaziki, deep fried Potato wedges, Potato balls, onion rings and one of those weird things with the crab claw sticking out, 10 cubes of pseudo feta and a half baked pita bread. The wine is the cheapest you can find, but sold at 1 Euro more than in other places in the commercial centre. After that we just got the bill, which is hefty at 21.90 Euros for 2 starters, a bottle of whine and a sparkling water. After we paid, we wave the waiter aside and mentioned our dissapointment with for example the salad. Thats when he starts becoming agitated, saying things like *This is my place, I make the rules here* and *I am Greek, this is how it is done*
That was when we left without finishing the sour wine. I am sorry to sound like Michael Winner here, but I can only stress that there is a large variety of international restaurants in the Playa Flamenca commercial centre, where you get good food at fair prices. Just give a miss to Zorbas.
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