Myth Restaurant on King Street West near Spadina has reopened after experiencing a two-alarm fire in February of this year. To celebrate, the popular Greek restaurant developed a new menu, which I was invited to sample along with other Toronto media.
Myth opened during the height of the pandemic in the fall of 2021 and quickly became a local favourite. The expansive, cavern-like space is intended to provide you with an experience reminiscent of Greece! Decorated in light neutrals, the fine Greek cuisine resto features blond wood tables, chairs and floors. Globe-shaped pendant lights and lit candles provide intimacy and warmth. Sun symbols, representing Helios, the ancient Greek god of the sun, are present in the ceiling design and even in the choice of dinnerware! The ambiance is unmistakably Mediterranean.
Upon arriving, our server quickly greeted us and brought us a Myth Espresso Martini Olive Tree, which serves 10 people, to begin the evening! If martinis grew on trees, right?
He returned later and took our cocktail order and then placed a large Myth Mezze Platter with Hummus, Tirokafteri, Taramasalata and Marinated Olives served with pita, crisps, seasonal vegetables and sourdough bread on our table. Time to dig in to these delicious starters!
I skipped the cocktail, but my dining partner ordered a Karpouzi made with Don Julio Blanco (tequila), watermelon, mint, lime and ginger beer. She loved the refreshing taste of the drink! Other interesting cocktails include: the Smoked Fig Old Fashioned made with Patron Anejo (tequila), Martini Rosso Vermouth and Fig; and the Summer Fortune Cocktail made with Ciroc Peach, Metaxa, Lemon and Peach. Myth also offers an extensive selection of wines.
How can one simple tomato contain so much flavour? Order the Horiatiki and you’ll find out! Perfectly ripe Heirloom tomatoes are tossed with green pepper, Greek olives, Capers Kritamo, Barley Rusk and Feta for an explosion of flavours!
I am an expert on chicken skewers – not preparing them, just eating them lol – as it’s something I order all the time. Myth’s Kotopoulo Souvlaki hit the ball out of the park for the attention paid to the moistness of the chicken! I made sure to roll my skewer in the accompanying addictive dill mayo, lemon oil and shredded lettuce. A definite must order at Myth!
I love Spanakopita with its pleasing combination of spinach and cheese, but I have never had an authentic version such as Myth’s Spanaki. Myth’s version is much less creamy, instead focusing on the crispy phyllo layers, fresh spinach leaves and pure feta cheese. The vegetarian dish is complemented by herbs and a light lemon-honey vinaigrette. I enjoyed the Spanaki so much that I had seconds!
Another traditional Greek dish is Keftedes, beef meatballs. These delicious morsels were crispy on the outside protecting the tender meat inside and were served with yogurt tahini, tomato relish, grilled pepper and herbs. I would love to know the herb combination because it really elevated these meatballs to a new level.
Magiatiko is prepared with Yellowtail Sashimi that is served with a green olive tapenade, Taramasalata, chili, caviar and Kritamo. You know the expression, “Butter wouldn’t melt in her mouth?” This is the opposite experience…the sashimi absolutely dissolved in my mouth! For those who say they don’t like fish, I urge you to try this dish which derives its buttery flavour from the yellowtail’s high fat content. It was one of my favourites of the evening!
If you want to impress your date, order the Saganaki. The fried Graviera cheese served with lemon is doused with Ouzo and flambéed. Within seconds, the aroma of this burning semi-hard sheep milk cheese wafted into my orbit and had my tastebuds at attention. When I bit into this sheep milk cheese, I tasted a mild yet nutty flavour. Oh, grilled cheese sandwiches will never be the same!
Greek cuisine is known for its emphasis on vegetables and this feature was showcased in the Briam. The Greek style ratatouille included tomato, squash, cucumbers, tomato sauce, mint, basil and feta cheese for a glorious fusion of flavours.
Executive Chef Sergio Abrunho advised us that the secret to the freshness and authenticity of his dishes is having ingredients flown in from Santorini daily or several times a week.
Tiropita is a traditional Greek cheese pie, which is made with layers of phyllo pastry, a variety of grilled Greek cheese and topped with chili honey. I did not try this as the drizzled honey would have spiked my blood sugar, but my guest said the pie was delicious.
The Dover Sole is another must order! The sweet-tasting fish was prepared in a hazelnut butter sauce and topped with capers, tomatoes, rusks and a slightly charred artichoke. An absolute delicacy!
Psari Sto Alati is another dish that was flambéed tableside by our server. The salt-crusted sea bass required minimalist adornment and so it was: just grilled lemon and lemon oil kept it company on the plate. The flavourful fish was steamed to perfection!
What a splendid evening! I definitely felt transported to Greece by the authentic ingredients, attentive service and relaxing ambiance! Thank you for inviting me and my guest!
Myth Restaurant, 522 King Street West (walk down the lane on the west side of the building and you’ll find the restaurant!), 416-703-2800
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