Plato often depicted food and drink stimulating philosophical debate, as in The Symposium ’s wine-fueled monologues on love and The Republic ’s tangent on the proper pronunciation of “gyros.” Find your meaty muse with today's Groupon: for $15, you get $30 worth of Mediterranean fare at Basils Greek Dining in Aurora.
The chefs at Basils Greek Dining inject culinary innovation into Old World traditions and classic Greek comfort foods to create a menu of lamb, beef, gyros, and vegetarian dishes. The Basil salmon grills a slice of fresh Atlantic fish atop a Promethean flame and accents the plate with a titanic side of julienne vegetables ($17 for lunch; $19 for dinner). Chefs heap sautéed chicken breast amid fresh mushrooms, artichokes, basil, tomato, and a downy bed of pasta to create the chicken lemonati ($15 for lunch; $16 for dinner), and tender Colorado lamb basks in garlic, oregano, and virgin olive oil in the oven-roasted lamb dish ($17 for lunch; $19 for dinner). The vegetarian dolmades ($12 for lunch; $14 for dinner) stuff ripe grape leaves with rice, vegetables, and fresh herbs and spices that dive into a side of homemade Greek yogurt with the enthusiasm of a dolphin in a wave pool.
Basils Greek Dining's wine list ($6+ / glass) brims with an international selection of vino that draws heavily from the amphorae of Greece. Doric columns prevent the floor from levitating in the warm-toned dining room, where lanterns hang from the ceilings and tables stand atop either the restaurant's hardwood or stone flooring.