Succulent Greek Dishes Found at Greeka Kouzina
When In Manila and armed with an appetite of that of a god’s, it’s best to visit a restaurant that serves big platters of delicious Greek cuisine. One of them in particular is Greeka Kouzina.
Open since 2012, Greeka Kouzina is a popular choice among Greek foodies. The restaurant proves to be a favorite among families as entrees are quite heavy and can be shared by 2-3 people. The only problem is, each dish offered by the restaurant is absolutely mouth-watering, you’d actually have to think twice about sharing a platter (or two).
Greek cuisine places an importance on the freshness of ingredients. Besides showing how different tastes complement each other on a plate, each ingredient used is also quality ensured to bring out the best flavor possible.
The Grilled Chicken Souvlaki Salad (P450) is one of the dishes that best exemplify this. The lettuce is vibrant, crisp, and fresh; tossed with roasted tomatoes and onions that give off a hint of smokiness; topped with crumbled feta cheese, crunchy cashews and pistachios; then paired with a deliciously marinated chicken assembled on a skewer.
I’m usually partial towards my regular Roka Salata, but with this on the menu, I’d definitely try this again on my next visit.
When dining in Greece, it’s almost normal to come across words that are well, just plain Greek – pardon the pun. But one commendable thing about Greeka Kouzina is their English translations of the dishes offered in their menu. It’ll definitely save you the faus pas of asking the waiter what this and that means when you’re out dining with someone you want to impress.
The Arni Lemonato is essentially a Roast Lamb. It’s a crowd favorite among Greeka Kouzina customers, and it’s not hard to see why. The lamb is roasted for 5 hours, just until the meat is tender enough to fall off the bone. It’s then served with Greek roasted potatoes, sauces such as gravy and tzatziki, and a choice siding.
Being a picky eater when it comes to beef can be a little frustrating, as I can be a bit of an extremist at times. If the meat’s too chewy, I’ll hate it. But if the meat is tender and well-seasoned, I’ll be raving about it.
Although Greeka Kouzina’s Beef Souvlaki can require a bit of arm muscle getting off the skewer the meat itself was tender, juicy, and delicious when paired with the salad.
Spanakorizo (P180) is a vegetarian dish consisting of rice, spinach, mint, dill, lemon, and feta cheese. Although a bit tangy upon initial taste, the sour note can be countered by the saltiness of the cheese.
Personally, I try to stay away from carbs during food reviews as they tend to fill me up fast. But there was something absolutely irresistable with this spinach rice. I just couldn’t get enough of it! I’d definitely peg this as a must try side dish.
Moussaka (P180) is something I consider a stroke of genius. The dish, like a lasagna, features layers of different ingredients: slices of grilled eggplant, dollops of beef tomato sauce, and a thick serving of cheesy béchamel. It’s a recipe for success and a great option for someone who would choose to eat lasagna sans carbs.
The first time I was introduced to Baklava was during a Giada de Laurentiis tv show on the Lifestyle Network. In the comfort (or rather discomfort) of my room, I watched and drooled as she forked her way through a scrumptious square of Baklava, and made a mental note to tick it off my list as soon as I could.
Greek Kouzina’s Baklava is made of layers of phyllo dough with a mixture of different nuts such as pistachios, walnuts, and cashews, all held together by honey. A beautiful dome of Greek yogurt sits atop the phyllo, all covered in yet another serving of sticky honey.
I won’t lie; this dessert is all kinds of gooey. But in my opinion, there’s nothing quite as exciting as seeing honey stretch out thin on the plate as the Baklava is eaten. This dessert was such a winner for me as it was able to mask the impeccable sweetness of the honey through the tartness of the Greek yogurt. In all honesty, I could’ve eaten two plates of this and lived happily ever after. It’s that good.
When in Manila, it’s easy to get lost with the range of restaurants available. Fortunately, there are websites like WhenInManila.com and restaurants like Greeka Kouzina that will help you find the best dishes to stuff yourself silly with. So if you’re on the hunt for something deliciously savory and delectably sweet, make your way over to Greeka Kouzina.
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