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And The Hummus Award Goes To…

 

This restaurant has since closed.

In the interest of starting off bold, I shall share a spoiler alert. Continue reading to hear about the best hummus I’ve ever encountered. I digress – before I’ve even begun.

From the street the stand alone bistro building looks small, and somewhat unimpressive, compared to many of the local establishments. It’s fine, but it doesn’t do justice to the bistro-esque atmosphere hiding beyond the storefront. Walk inside to find an adorable bistro waiting to serve you some tasty Greek fare.

The modest space allows room for cozy tables. The decor is simple and inviting. We sat at an intimate table beside the window – it was great. The service was attentive, the restaurant about two thirds full on a Friday evening. Our server took our drink orders, twice, as we piled items on; and waited patiently as we studied the menu, taking ample time to peruse, decide, and decide again.

We had our eye on the Combination Platter (for 2) for a while. Pastitsio, Moussaka, Chicken or Beef Souvlaki, grape leaves, Greek potatoes and pita ($24.95). This dish seemed to be a nice combination of many of the separate offerings on the menu. At the last second we opted out – who knows why. I was admittedly looking for lamb – that could have been it.

My final decision was the Lamb Souvlaki Dinner – flame broiled chunks of lamb, marinated in a special blend of herbs and spices. Served aside a Greek salad, Greek Potatoes and pita bread ($17.95). The lamb was beautiful, delicious and cooked the way the chef likes. The salad was perfect. I know, that’s a strong word, but it really was. There was a good amount of soft, creamy, freshly crumpled feta, fresh vegetables, and crisp lettuce. Not a complaint to be uttered. (There were actually a few moans as I recall.) The potatoes were full of Greek flavor.

As I write this, I am only now realizing that I never did get any pita bread with my entrée. I didn’t notice – and I’m generally a person that would. My bad. No harm, no foul. The meal was more than enough and plenty delicious.

My companion ordered the Grilled Salmon & Hummus (AKA: the best way to stick to a New Year’s resolution and enjoy eating out in tandem). The grilled salmon fillet came over a mixed green salad with goat cheese, cherry tomatoes, craisins and onion, topped with balsamic vinaigrette, aside humus with grilled pita wedges ($15.95). This is a nice combination and the salmon was cooked just right. The pita did make an appearance at the table- lightly grilled and seemingly healthy. (Sometimes pita can be smothered with oil and butter and are made hard to eat in good conscience.) The salmon was nice, the salad pleasant, but the real star was the hummus. Homemade and flavored like none I’ve ever had, this stuff deserves an award. It has a lemon flavor that mixes perfectly with the chickpea base – the acidity almost taking the edge off of the earthiness if you will. BOOM. I will be back for this, often, to stay, to-go, by the bowl-full. (I went back that Sunday but they were closed.)

For dessert we tried the Loukoumades – fried dough balls sprinkled with honey & cinnamon ($4.15 for 10, $7.25 for 20). They were good. Did the two of us need 10? Absolutely not. Did that break a few New Year’s Resolutions? Perhaps. Don’t Tell. Anyway, the honey made the dish. It was sweet and simple. In line with the theme of the night.

It seems that the salmon can’t be found on the online menu, but is indeed on the physical dine in menus. While small inconsistencies don’t tend to bother me or the people I dine with, I can see why it might be frustrating for some. Just know that the ambiance is great, and the food delighted this time around. If you pass up Towne Bistro based on some other not-so- favorable reviews, you might be missing out on the best hummus of your life, or the freshest Greek salad. Do you want to take that chance?

I didn’t think so.

 

Other Menu Items:

Corfu Haddock – Our special blend red sauce of onion, garlic, thyme, rosemary, wine and olive oil. Topped on fresh broiled haddock. Served with Greek potatoes and soup or salad ($13.95).

Creamy Pesto Linguini Pasta – Our creamy pesto sauce and grilled chicken chunks, tossed with Linguini pasta ($14.95) OR shrimp ($15.95).

Off The Grill, Rack of Lamb – marinated in our Greek homemade spices and grilled the way you like it. Served with salad and oven baked Greek potatoes ($18.95).

In addition they offer pastas ($12-$14), a lunch menu with wraps and souvlaki on a stick ($8-$10) and other classic greek dishes.

 

Details: 

227 Main Street East Aurora, NY 14052
716-714-5648
Hours:
Mon – Thurs   11am – 9pm
Fri & Sat   11am – 10pm
Sun   9am – 3pm
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