Compassionfruit donut from Donut Friend in Eagle Rock. (http://donutfriend.com/wp3/)
After meeting a couple who owned a Greek restaurant at a party years ago, Blu Kouzina has become a family favorite. Being Greek, I’m an absolute sucker for for a really good rack of lamb, or the sweetest, stickiest Baklava. I can say, without a doubt, Blu Kouzina has some of the best Greek food I’ve ever had in my life. Some of our favorites are grilled octopus, lamb meatballs, Greek salad, and hummus with pita. The grilled octopus comes in bite sized pieces and is lightly seasoned with salt, pepper, and olive oil and grilled perfectly with a light char. The lamb meatballs are crunchy on the outside and insanely soft and meaty on the inside. It comes with a light citrus and mayonnaise dipping sauce, which cuts through the strong lamb flavor. The Greek salad consists of large chunks of tomatoes, olives, onions, cucumbers and a whole slab of Greek feta, with olive oil drizzled over the top. The hummus is perfectly smooth, with the right balance of tanginess, bitterness, saltiness and sweetness. It goes perfectly with the think, light pieces of pita. And of course, a must for every Greek family, the lamb. The lamb chops are charred to perfection giving it a smokey crunch on the outside, which coats the medium-rare cooked lamb.
Of course, you can never go to a Greek restaurant without ordering dessert. Their platter consists of Baklava, Walnut pastry, and Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts. The Baklava is unbelievable; crunchy and extremely sweet with honey. The Walnut Pastry is amazingly flaky with the bitterness of the nuts cutting through. The Greek yoghurt with honey and nuts is the perfect way to end the meal, with it’s tangy and fresh flavor.
Blu Kouzina never fails to deliver an amazing Greek meal! Go visit them at 893 Bukit Timah Rd, and or check out their website at http://blukouzina.com/SG/.
After a fun day at the beach, everybody craves refreshing beverages and delicious finder foods. 2201 W Balboa Blvd, Newport Beach is home to a cute little Greek restaurant, Pizza Bar (previously Akropolis), which serves delicious Greek Pizza, small crunchy falafels and ice cold. My family and I stumbled upon the Akropolis last year after a day beach hopping, and went back this summer after another day at the beach.
Starting with drinks, my parents ordered the Akropolis signature ShockTop, beer with an orange tang, which was light and refreshing, while my sister and I ordered a simple lemonade, which was perfect after being out in the sun all day. With an extensive menu, it was difficult to limit ourselves to ordering only 4 dishes. We decided on an order of Calamari, Hummus and Pita Bread, a Greek Salad, and a Gyros Plate with Beef/Lamb and Falafel.
The Calamari cane out first and was a huge hit. Its light, spiced batter nicely coated the fresh squid; both the rings and the tentacles. It came with a delicious spicy honey mustard sauce to dip, which only made it better. On the side, it was served with a small Greek salad and thick-cut fries which were to die for. Lightly salted and fluffy in the middle, the fries were gone in a flash.
The Greek Salad was served soon after that. Filled with fresh lettuce, Lebanese cucumbers, baby tomatoes, sweet red onions and crumbly feta with Greek vinaigrette, the salad was a light and refreshing pairing for the deep-fried calamari. The sweet onions added a nice crunch to the soft crumbly feta, which was fresh and not too salty. Overall, one of the best salads I’ve ever had.
The Hummus and Pita was yet another great dish. The hummus was filled with creamy chickpeas, paprika, garlic, parsley and olive oil. It left a smooth texture on your tongue and was delicious with the fluffy pita. Also served with a small side of Greek salad, the dish was devoured.
Last but not least was the Gyros Plate. This dish was the cap to a great meal. We ordered a Gyros plate with Beef, Lamb and Falafels, but also came with thick-cut fries, tatziki, pita, and a side of Greek salad. The Beef and Lamb mixture was just a tad caramelized and which enhanced the light flavor of the Greek spiced coating. A hard, crunchy mixture of breadcrumbs, spices and herbs coated the three big falafels’ smooth, fluffy inside. Alone, the falafels were bursting with flavors of parsley and Greek spices, but dowsing it with the fresh tatziki added another layer of flavor. The tatziki, made with julienned cucumber, paprika, parsley and fresh Greek yoghurt, went really well with the falafels, the beef/lamb and the thick-cut fries.
Our meal at Akropolis/Pizza Bar was once again incredible. We walked out the doors satisfied and stuffed. Topped off with a gorgeous view of Balboa beach, it was a great meal. Akropolis/Pizza Bar is definitely a must-go for those spending the day at Newport or Balboa beach!