The Greece Marketplace returns on the lagoon-side as you walk towards the Canada Pavilion.
Or on the right as you head out of Canada. Hawaii would be ahead on the left along with Desserts & Champagne.
The Vegan Loaded Greek “Nachos” are new as is the Vanilla Cake. What may have been the most ridiculous cocktail in the Tzatziki Martini doesn’t make an encore appearance.
The website weeps.
Vegan Loaded Greek “Nachos”: Pita Chips, Meatless Sausage Crumbles, and Vegan Tzatziki – $4.50
We tried one of each food item this year. That’s the Vegan “Nachos” in the upper left.
I’m not sure how evident it is, but we were served a gigantic portion – you can’t even see the 15+ pita chips hiding underneath all of the toppings, which include olives, tomatoes, red onion, and the meatless sausage crumbles, in addition to the “Vegan Tzatziki,” which is more like chunks of dairy-free “cheese.” That may or may not be disappointing to people that are expecting more of a yogurt sauce on top. Anyway, this is a definite buy for vegans or vegetarians and anyone else will want to strongly consider it. The meatless sausage has a nice spice to it and the texture isn’t off-putting like the South Korean Vegan Barbecue. If you’re not sure if you want to commit, take a look at what people are being served and make sure the portion is still substantial. I otherwise thought this was a nice change of pace, particularly after last year’s Moussaka miss.
Chicken Gyro with Tzatziki Sauce featuring Oikos Greek Yogurt – $4.50
The Greek Gyro returns exactly the same as the last few years. It’s a dish that I’ve never supported – the portion of the chicken is incredibly small – you almost can’t see it underneath just a few shreds of lettuce. The flavor profile overall is bland without much spice to the chicken or flavor from the tzatziki. I think it’s an easy skip, but the flavors are more straightforward than you might expect and it’s a relatively “safe” option for those having trouble finding something that sounds appetizing.
Spanakopita – $4.25
Unlike the Pot Stickers in China and Cheese Bread in Brazil, among other items, Greece’s Spanakopita(s) have never “felt” defrosted and instead arrive with rich, fresh flavors. The thin, flaky crust otherwise gives way to several layers of spinach, feta, and spices. These are also lighter than you might expect. Very good overall and come recommended, though the portion isn’t huge.
Oikos Greek Yogurt Vanilla Cake Soaked in Ouzo with Yogurt Whipped Cream and Pistachios – $3.50
Considering the length of the menu description, I think I was expecting a bit more from this cake, which would have tasted like it was baked from your typical box of Betty Crocker if it wasn’t so dense. The cake also takes on a licorice flavor from the ouzo that is a little strange while the whipped cream didn’t add the sweetness that I think it was supposed to, particularly against the earthy saltiness of the crunchy pistachio topping. It’s not a terrible portion for the money and it is a little more interesting than some, but I’m not sure it does enough to demand a purchase with limited tummy space. Maybe on a second go-around or if you’re stopping for something else.
Domaine Skouras Moscofilero – $4.50
The white wine on the left is the moscofilero arriving with a nice floral aroma and fruity taste. I think it’s a bit rarer than some of the other wines and authentically Greek, making it recommended. On the right is the Ouzo which is no longer available as a standalone drink.
Alpha Estate Axia Syrah-Xinomavro – $4.50
This authentically Greek wine has a lot going on – spice and plum seemed to be the predominant flavors. I don’t think it pairs well with anything offered here, but it would go well with the Canada Filet.