Pegasus is the white winged horse from Greek mythology that inspires the fantasies of poets and filmmaker. This strong stallion has now made its mark at downtown's Pega Grill where he hovers on the the walls hoping to entice downtown diners.
Owner Thanasios Barlos' history in the restaurant business reads like a Greek dramedy. It begins with a Michelin-rated fine dining restaurant in Athens where Italian and French dishes ruled the menu. But after 17 years Barlos was ready for a move. His fateful trip to the U.S. gave us Elia, an upscale Mediterranean restaurant in the Bal Harbour Shops. His next venture, Aristo, was a neighborhood bistro known for it's moussaka and suckling pig that won our Best Greek Restaurant award in 2009. "I was born for the restaurant business, this is what I do," he tells us with a smile, and we believe him as we fast forward to 2011 and find ourselves in Barlos' latest venture; Pega Grill.
The bright and welcoming downtown space offers mouth-watering renditions of mainstays such as the homemade gyro wrap in both chicken ($6.50), and beef ($7.95). A chicken kebab platter served alongside a tangy bright yellow dressing with hints of mustard is served with golden potatoes roasted in olive oil, lemon juice, and herbs ($9.95). The meze of hummus ($2.95), tarama ($3.95) and tzatziki ($4.50) are smooth and perfectly soaked up by the warm homemade pita. The menu is small, with a lot of effort going into daily specials such as the lamb shank; a generous portion smothered in a rich sauce with hints of cinnamon that falls off the bone full of flavor. ($15.95).
Not to be forgotten are the sweet endings where homemade almond cake ($4.95) with it's marzipan-like richness is hard to resist were it not for the perfectly baked apple cloaked in yogurt and honey ($4.95) that wins our vote as we devour it to the non-existant core.
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15 East Flagler Street, Miami