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547 Congress St. (Oak St.) Send to Phone
Greek cuisine with dishes both rustic and refined in Portland’s downtown Arts District.


Dinner Tues.-Sat.

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Emilitsa Restaurant Review

: Set among the many hip pizza and noodle bars in Portland's Arts District, Emilitsa is an oasis of refinement. While it describes its food as "Greek Rustic Fare," the menu seems more elegant, though still rooted in familiar Mediterranean flavors. Don't be intimidated by the Greek terms; everything is translated into English. Start with pan-fried sheep’s milk kefalograviera cheese with baby Turkish balsamic peppered figs for a mix of salt and sweet. We also enjoy the poikilia trio: a generous offering of three Greek dips with grilled pita. Go on to the marinated and grilled baby lamb chops with sautéed baby spinach and a feta-parsnip potato mash. Whole daurade, the mild white fish from Greece, is charcoal-grilled, flaky and earthy. Desserts include traditional baklava and sweet-and-sour creations made with yogurt, such as panna cotta with mountain honey and mango. The wine list is all Greek, and staff can easily recommend a glass or bottle for the uninitiated.

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