When I heard that a new upscale Mediterranean restaurant was going to be opening in Pittsburgh’s Market Square, I became immensely excited. As I’ve mentioned before, Pittsburgh doesn’t really understand that ethnic food can also be hip and upscale, but thankfully that is now slowly changing with Poros contributing to it.
We dined here right after work on a weeknight so the sit-down portion of the restaurant was deserted (obviously the bar area on a post-workday was not). But the tables quickly filled up and you could see that it’s definitely become one of the city’s most popular spots.
The interior design of the restaurant is more on the subdued side. However, in the middle of it there is a large, what I presume to be an olive tree. While I saw some olive trees while in Spain, my dream is to be on a Greek or Turkish island and see them there since that scene is so evocative of the Eastern Mediterranean countries.
The menu at Poros is divided between its mezze selections (mezze are small plates, similar to tapas) and its fish market. We didn’t order from the fish market but basically you order your fish (you can choose between a boneless whole fish, a fillet, or shellfish) and then select the cooking style you want. I might try this in the future but honestly, its mezze selections were just too tempting.
I decided to try one of their house cocktails to drink, the Ouzito ($10). I hadn’t had ouzo (Greece’s famous alcohol) in ages, and had forgotten about its strong black licorice taste, but in no time I was enjoying the combination of ouzo, gin, sage, and lemon fizz. I don’t know if I could drink these all the time, but for that evening, it was a pleasant drink to nurse.
When at new restaurants and wanting to try as much as possible, we often order a slew of dishes to share and that’s what we did here which I’ll recount below.
Roasted Cauliflower Hummus, Baba Ghanoush, Tzatziki ($5 each, or all three for $12). We opted for the trio. They were served with house-made pita and grilled Mt. Athos bread. I liked the tzatziki the least (I’m not the biggest fan) and surprisingly enough, baba, my typical favorite, was superseded by the cauliflower hummus which was amazing.
House Made Spanakopita ($9). This is basically a spinach-style pastry made of filo and filled with feta and manouri cheese. This is a D favorite, not mine, but he liked it.
Local Farm Rabbit Moussaka ($12). This consisted of grilled eggplant, fingerling potatoes, and mizithya béchamel.
Elysian Fields Lamb Pastitsio ($11). Greek-style macaroni and cheese which featured braised lamb shoulder, pasta, tomato, and an all-spice béchamel sauce.
I also ordered a side of asparagus which was grilled and tasted good since so many of the mezze were on the richer and saltier side.
And even though I was bursting by that point, we also ordered the Baklava Ice Cream ($8) because how often is something like that on the menu? It literally featured whole baklava pieces within the ice cream.
I truly loved everything I got to try at Poros. My only minor critique is that I thought the moussaka and pastitsio cooled off much too quickly, especially as I’m someone who likes my food piping hot. But other than that, the selections were varied and diverse and the service excellent. I look forward to dining here again since small plates always get my vote.
PPG2 Market Square | Pittsburgh, PA | 15222