Nisi Restaurant Serves Up Modern Greek Flavors In Creative Dishes
One local Greek restaurant has transformed into another.
Nisi, a contemporary Mediterranean restaurant serving Greek and global cuisine, has opened up in the former Thasos Greek Taverna spot on Oakland Park Boulevard.
Before moving on to open Nisi in late August, chef/owner Joshua Wahler and hospitality pro Andy Tsavos together led the front and back of house at Estiatorio Milos in South Beach.
The duo, who also co-operate children's health food delivery service Born Foody, came upon the opportunity to take over the former Thasos space and saw the building had a lot of potential.
"The building itself was built by a Greek designer, so it was made to transport you to a Greek island," Wahler said. "The space was designed with a Greek restaurant in mind, so we kept that aspect but added our own spin to the menu to develop our own identity.”
Nisi retains a similar look as Thasos, with white walls, decor and furniture accented by beachy wooden framing. The subtle redesign of the restaurant, which offers indoor and outdoor seating, includes the addition of a new raw bar.
Chef Wahler, who was a contestant on "Hell's Kitchen," has reworked the Greek menu, adding his own twists, from meze appetizers such as grilled Mediterranean octopus and fried zucchini chips with tzatziki to entrees including pan-fried Icelandic cod filet and traditional Moussaka with ground lamb, potato, eggplant and béchamel sauce.
Guests can also choose from the restaurant's daily catch selection on display and may select to order their fish whole with a "salt crust." In this case, the whole fish is encased in a salt shell—sealing in moisture and enhancing the seafood's succulent flavor—which is then removed tableside.
Desserts will include baklava and loukoumades (fried Greek doughnuts soaked in syrup), and cocktails will incorporate Mediterranean flavors such as chamomile, lavender and thyme.
Nisi will be open for dinner Tuesday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. and Friday and Saturday 5 p.m. to midnight. It is closed on Mondays.
Nisi; 3330 E. Oakland Park Blvd., Fort Lauderdale
Photos by Cortney Cates