The gyros was good, the baklava was sweet and there was feta in the salad. All of this is a huge deal to me as those items are staples of a Greek restaurant.
Ironically enough, I’ve struggled to find a place in Baton Rouge that has met my high, I-have-a-good-friend-who-is-Greek-so-I-know-real-Greek-food standards.
While it ranks low on my good Greek restaurant list, Cafe Delphi is a place that I’d return to, if for nothing else, to taste that amazing salad dressing again.
On the occasion in which I dined, I was joined by my happy 6-month-old Godson and my cousin, his mother. While my boy is too young to taste the food, he did seem enthused by the cafeteria dining style as he cooed and stared about the facility with a wide toothless grin.
We started our meals with side salads, included with our main dishes. The dressing was a tangy blend that really allowed the vegetables to breathe and maintain their own tastes. My cousin, quite the excitable person, exclaimed, “This dressing rocks,” as we munched our veggies.
She ordered a gyros ($8.50), a dish I miss since my transition to a nearly non-meat-eating world. Hugely stuffed with tender beef and lamb and big enough to injure someone, she certainly seemed to enjoy it.
“It’s really good,” she said upon first bite. “I think it could be seasoned a bit more. It’s peppery, but the meat is super tender.”
Her dish also came with hummus, which I assume, the restaurant isn’t really popular for. It wasn’t great hummus. Tasting more like lemon dip and garnished with three whole chickpeas, we scrunched our faces, dipping our pitas in, hoping that each additional bite would maybe taste better. As foodies, we don’t like to waste anything, but that hummus stayed right on that plate.
“I wouldn’t just come for the hummus,” my cousin joked.
I ordered just about the only seafood item Cafe Delphi offers, shrimp pasta ($11.95). It wasn’t the best, given my Louisiana standards, but it was a huge serving that I, in no way, could finish in one sitting. The shrimp were small, the sauce was weirdly flavored, tangy and spicy, not sweet like I’m used to, but the pasta was properly cooked, so it was mildly satisfying.
When our order of baklava ($2.50) made its way to the table, I began to snap photos. Out of nowhere, the cook appeared, loudly asking why I was taking pictures of it. He wanted me to post it to Facebook. I told him that my friend’s mom makes the best baklava in Philadelphia, so I wanted to show her Baton Rouge baklava. He, however insisted I post to Facebook instead.
Aside from its photogenic appeal, the baklava was a perfect combination of flaky and sweet, but not too sweet.
As we ended our dining experience, we couldn’t help but notice we were the only diners. Table service was friendly, but was moving really quickly. It wasn’t until we walked out that we read a sign regarding an early closure due to technically difficulties. We would have never known otherwise because the staff remained friendly and efficient throughout whatever the situation was.
I’d certainly go back to Cafe Delphi to order a Greek salad and dessert. It’s nice to know that there is place in Baton Rouge where I can get these goodies at a standard that I appreciate.