Taverna Kyclades

Food at Taverna Kyclades

This is part one of a series of posts detailing the food I ate during an April 2011 trip to New York.

After visiting Yale for its pre-freshmen visiting days—Bulldog Days—I spent some time in New York exploring new restaurants, foods, and revisiting some old restaurants.

At this point in life, I am nestled in that weird limbo of time between high school and college, when I am far away from the rigors of high school and oblivious of the chaotic times of college. Where does that leave me? In a place where I can truly sit down, relax, and enjoy life. Going to restaurants and cooking food takes on a whole new perspective, since I don’t have to worry about the tasks ahead of me, so when I visited Taverna Kyclades, I got to idle around and soak in the vibe of a lively neighborhood bistro.

Taverna Kyclades specializes in simple, Mediterranean seafood with very little fancy sauces or seasonings. They rely on the quality of ingredients to create a wonderful gustatory experience, and that is why Kyclades manages to garner rave-worthy ratings. As a plus, Mediterranean food tends to be healthy because of its use of olive oil, lean meats, and vegetables.Bread loaf at Taverna Kyclades

Like most restaurants, Kyclades serves a “bread basket” before the actual meal. The loaf, which came out warm and fluffy, was dressed in some olive oil and herbs. Kyclades’ loaf definitely was one of the better complimentary breads I’ve tasted.

Spinach pie at Taverna Kyclades

My mom and I ordered one appetizer, which was the spinach pie. The spinach pie had a delicate, tissue-thin crust that was crunchy yet pliable. The stuffing consisted of lemony, herbaceous flavors that added complexity to the cheese. The pie tasted a bit salty but aroused my taste buds for the oncoming main dishes.

Lemon potatoes at Taverna Kyclades

The lemon potatoes, which are actually a side dish, carried a tantalizing amount of salt which was detectable but not overwhelming. The zest of the lemon amplified the mild saltiness of the dish to create a surprisingly tasty yet simple dish. In addition, the potatoes did not feel dry and easily succumbed to the pressure of my mouth.

Wilted greens at Taverna Kyclades

The other side dish consisted of some wilted greens bathing in olive oil. There was very little taste in these greens, especially when compared to the masterful lemon potato dish.

Fried calamari at Taverna Kyclades

My mom ordered the fried calamari, and again, the dish lacked fanciful spices or flavors. Fortunately, the mouth feel of the dish was superb. The breaded crust was crunchy and substantial, and the calamari felt like they were freshly picked from the ocean.

Broiled scallops at Taverna Kyclades

My entrée, broiled scallops, also lacked salt and spices, but the portion was huge. The scallops sported a crunchy char and were cooked to perfection. My teeth sunk easily into the muscle as the succulent juices let out from the scallop.

Complimentary dessert at Taverna Kyclades

Finishing off the meal was a complimentary dessert that appeared to be some sort of rice pudding. Following Kyclades’ theme of simplicity, the pudding was only mildly sweet but sweet enough to satisfy the post-dinner dessert craving.

Taverna Kyclades
3307 Ditmars Boulevard
Queens, NY 11105
(718) 545-8666

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About Earl

Hi, my name is Earl. I am a student who loves to analyze food and eat healthy. My careful eye for food has caused me to become interested in the science behind food and cooking, and I write about my explorations into food on my website Toastable.com. While I believe in sticking to whole, natural foods, I'm not afraid to work with avant-garde ingredients and equipment such as constant temperature water baths and sodium alginate. I also love photography, technology, and journalism.

15. May 2011 von Earl
Categories: Life, Reviews | Tags: , | 4 comments

  • handson wu

    mmmmm lemon potatoes? now that is intriguing, looks kind of like those mangoes you get in a small container at the school cafeteria. Now that fried calamari looks reeeeaaaal good. Just look at the crust….

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      They might look like lemons, but they’re a savory snack, and the calamari wasn’t too great to be honest. Needs more spices/seasoning!

  • handson wu

    you complain too much

    • http://toastable.com earl lee

      That’s the life of a food critic haha.