Last week I had the pleasure of checking out Ziziki’s at The Star (6765 Winning Drive, Suite 800, Frisco, Texas 75034) with my friend Wendy Darling. My regular readers know how much I adore Greek food. In fact, it’s my favorite cuisine! I was excited to see what the fairly new Frisco restaurant had to offer.
The look of the restaurant is quite modern and sleek. We had a table by the wall of wine (goals) and the fireplace. Ziziki’s is quite into wine, offering wine flights so you can sample some of their favorite wines from Greece. Wendy and I both opted for the red wine flight. We particularly loved Estate Nimea Winery and the Paros Reserve made from two ancient grape varieties.
We kicked things off with the Greek board. This delightful tapas starter comes with artisanal locally sourced cheeses and charcuterie meats, dolmades (stuffed grape leaves, a Greek delicacy and favorite of The Rose Table), artichoke hummus, crostini, specialty jams, and mustards. I would love it if every Tuesday involved a wine flight and enormous Greek board. I even love that it was served on a substantial wood board. Lovely presentation, Ziziki’s.
We also had Keftedes to start, country-style Greek lamb meatballs served in a plum tomato sauce. They had a little kick but weren’t too spicy and paired well with the first red wine.
For dinner, we split three entrees that our server suggested as his favorites. First, I tried the lamb chops. Now I’m a lamb lover but still picky about my lamb because it’s done poorly at so many restaurant. Ziziki’s though gets it right with expertly cooked chops served with asparagus and mashed potatoes, reminiscent of an American steakhouse dish with a Greek twist.
Next I tried the mahi mahi. Mahi mahi is actually one of my favorite kinds of fish and I don’t think I’ve ever mentioned that on The Rose Table! Ziziki’s serves theirs with a basil mint sauce, feta cheese, and orzo. Yum! I love mint but don’t love it with lamb so I was pleased to see the mint sauce, which is similar in texture to pesto, paired with this flaky white fish. Delicious!
My favorite dish though was the Greek paella. I adore paella and Ziziki’s offers a fun combo:lamb chops, roasted chicken, shrimp, organic sausage, peas, and feta cheese tossed with curried orzo. The sausage bites were my favorite.
In between dinner and dessert, we have ouzo shots. Did you know that ouzo aids in digestion? That’s what our server told us and to that I say: opa!
I don’t often say this about Greek restaurants, but save room for dessert! The baklava ice cream cake is out of this world. I’m not a huge baklava fan but love it with ice cream. Wendy’s favorite dessert was the chocolate mousse cake, which would satisfy any chocolate lover. In the mood for something else? Ziziki’s also offers classic baklava and assorted gelato flavors.
What a way to jazz up Tuesday or any other day! Visit Ziziki’s on Sunday to enjoy a bottomless mimosa brunch with live music. I will definitely be back! After all, the flaming saganaki has The Rose Table written all over it.
Read Wendy’s thoughts on dinner here. Thank you to Wendy for taking me as your guest!