Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Greeka Kouzina in Kapitolyo, Pasig City (Now Open)

Greeka Kouzina Kapitolyo


Greeka Kouzina is a casual dining restaurant specializing in Greek cuisine. They recently opened a new branch in Kapitolyo, Pasig City. They are located at the ground floor of D Strip Building along United Street, near Ace Water Spa.

Greeka Kouzina Kapitolyo


Their first branch is located in San Juan City and they also have branches at SM Aura Premier in Taguig and at D. Tuason Street in Quezon City, and now Greek food lovers can now find them in Kapitolyo. Driving along United Street, it will be difficult to miss them, just look for their hug signage mounted behind the restaurant's glass wall.

Greeka Kouzina Kapitolyo


The interior is dominated by the colors white and blue, the colors of the flag of Greece. These colors are also reminiscent of the blue and white colors of the buildings in Satorini and Mykonos.

Greeka Kouzina Kapitolyo


There is generous use of geometric patterns, from the tiles on the floor, to the ceiling and to the upholstery. The dark earth tone colors on the floor, tables and ceiling, and the colorful lamps hanging above the tables give the space a warm and cozy atmosphere.

Greeka Kouzina Kapitolyo


It's not often that we eat Greek food. It was years ago when we late ate in a Greek restaurant, so we had to study the Greeka Kouzina's menu first to decide what we will have for lunch. Fortunately, their menu has descriptions written under every item which really helps a lot, plus the staff is more than willing to walk you through the menu.

Greeka Kouzina Kapitolyo Melitzanosalata
Melitzanosalata (P130.00)


We started off our lunch with appetizer. At first, we wanted to have our favorite Hummus (Χούμους) but we find the Melitzanosalata (Μελιτζανοσαλάτα) more interesting. Literally meaning eggplant salad, it's an eggplant dip made of charcoal grilled eggplants mixed with olive oil and lemon juice. As an appetizer, it is served with pita bread. This lemony eggplant dip really awakened our tastebuds, getting us ready for the main dishes.

Beef Souvlaki (P430.00)


Our first main dish was the Beef Souvlaki (Σουβλάκι). This is one of our favorite Greek dishes which we usually order whenever we eat in a Greek restaurant. The char-grilled beef was tender and juicy and perfectly flavored. It is served with Tzatziki (Τζατζίκι), a cucumber yogurt dip that balances the rich flavor of the souvlaki. An order of souvlaki also comes with a free siding of your choice.

Moussaka


We chose the Moussaka (Μουσακάς) as our free siding for our souvlaki. Moussaka is an eggplant dish with layers of grilled eggplant and tomato sauce, minced meat and topped with cheesy bechamel sauce. We like the contrast of the soft eggplant layer, the chewy minced meat and the crunchy crust of the bechamel topping. Their moussaka is also available as an a la carte siding at P180.00 per serving.

Arni Lemonato (P610.00)


Our second main dish was the Arni Lemonato (Αρνάκι Λεμονάτο). Greeka Kouzina takes pride in this roasted lamb dish as their best seller. It is the most expensive item on their menu to at P610.00 per serving. The lamb is roasted for five hours which makes the meat super tender and would just fall off the bone. It is served with two sauces, gravy and lemon-butter sauce. I personally prefer the gravy. This is a good deal since this dish is big enough to be shared by two to three persons. Like the souvlaki, this dish also comes with a free siding.

Spanakorizo


We paired the Arni Lemonato with Spanakorizo (Σπανακόρυζο) which is basically spinach rice. Rice is mixed with spinach, mint and dill and then topped with feta cheese. This is a flavorful rice dish that goes perfectly well with any meat dishes on their menu. Spanakorizo is also available as an a la carte item at P180.00 per serving.

Baklava (P180)


Finally, we ordered Baklava (Μπακλαβάς) for dessert. It is loaded with pistachio, walnuts and cashews, and then topped with Greek yogurt and syrup. It's rich in flavor and very filling. It would have been perfect with Greek Coffee (Ελληνικός καφές) which unfortunately is not served at Greeka Kouzina.

Overall, we are satisfied with our Greeka Kouzina experience. They have great selection on the menu, food was fantastic. Serving size is excellent and the prices are quite reasonable. The cozy ambiance and the great customer service adds to the overall experience. We just hope that Greeka Kouzina include more Greek elements on their beverages like the Greek Coffee. One measurement I also use to gauge the authenticity of a Greek restaurant is to check if they serve Ouzo (Ούζο), an anise-flavored aperitif typically served in restaurants in Greece.

We haven't eaten in Greece yet so we can't make a valid assessment of the authenticity of the Greek food served at Greeka Kouzina, nonetheless, we enjoyed their dishes and our craving for Greek food (as we know it) was definitely satisfied. We will surely be back to try their ther dishes.

Greeka Kouzina (Kapitolyo)
Ground Flood, D Strip Bldg, United Street, Kapitlyo, Pasig City
Opening Hours: Monday to Sunday 11:00am to 10:00pm
Contact Number: (02) 218.4859 / 0917.8597953
Facebook: www.facebook.com/GreekaKouzina

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post. Pinasmuna.com paid for the food featured on this blogpost.

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