Food Review: Kos Greek Ouzeri

I love Greek food and Kos Greek Ouzeri really puts to shame all the other Greek restaurants I’ve ever eaten at. In fact, I think this was the best Greek meal I’ve had in quite a while in terms of the overall quality of the food. The restaurant is simple and beautiful, with a minimalist approach. It’s perfect for any occasion but reservations are definitely necessary especially during weekends.

We had an assortment of appetizers (Mezedes) including Hummus, Tyrokefteri (Greek Feta Cheese and Peppers), Artichoke Spinach Spread, Melitzanosalta (Roasted eggplant), and my favorite, Tzatziki, which is a yogurt-cucumber dip, flavored with garlic and dill. You can tell that they were made using the finest, quality ingredients and I would buy these spreads by the jar, if offered. They go really well with the baked breads that had just comeΒ out of the oven.

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Mezedes

We also sampled theΒ Kalamara Toursi which is an authentic Greek Meze. It’s basically squid marinated in vinegar with herbs and spices (think, pickled squid; or kilawin). The squid was so, so tender and had just the right level of acidity. They were fantastic with the Pita or the crusty bread and best accompanied by Ouzo (Anise-flavored liquor).

We also tried the Kos Salata (Salad) with mixed greens, figs, sun-dried tomatoes, nuts, grapes, and feta cheese, tossed with honey-grape vinaigrette. Probably one of the best Greek Salads I’ve tasted. The incredible honey-grape vinaigrette coated the greens lightly and it was so good with the generous caramelized nuts, and feta cheese. I could eat this everyday! Simple, yet bursting with flavors.

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Solomos

For the entrees, we had the the Solomos (Grilled herbed-marinated Salmon),Β Moussaka, Keftedakia (Ground Beef shaped-into small balls, with rich, spiced tomato sauce), and Kotopulo Lemonato (Chicken cooked in white wine and lemon juice and served with roasted potatoes). All were well-presented and tasty. I also enjoyed the Pastitsio (Tube pasta, with meat and tomato sauce topped with bechamel sauce). It’s crispy on the corners but perfectly gooey, and creamy in the middle.

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Pastitsio

They also offer different variations of Souvlaki (Chicken, Lamb, Pork). We tried the Chicken Souvlaki – Unbelievably good chicken! Probably the moistest, grilled chicken I’ve ever eaten. The Chicken Skewers were served with roasted vegetables, yogurt garlic sauce, and red pepper sauce.

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Chicken Souvlaki

At this point, we could barely move but the desserts seemed light enough (LOL!). We had the custard-filled phyllo triangles-Galaktoboureko-that is flavored with orange syrup and vanilla. This dessert has a special ingredient, something that Chef Mats Loo (owner) was very proud of. The Greek Yogurt was rich and creamy. Not overly sweet and would also be a nice breakfast. Both desserts were indeed very light and the perfect end to the meal.


They also have a wide selection of Greek Wine – don’t bother trying to pick one, rather, just tell the waiter what you usually like and they’ll be able to help you out. Really every plate that I saw come out looked amazing so I don’t think you can really go wrong. Overall, the food was consistently spectacular. This is definitely a place to impress a date or guest.


So happy that we got to try this place out – it’s been on my list for a while! We had an exceptional Greek dinner that proved to be authentic yet a bit more progressive in its offerings.

TIPS:
Order family style. Bring as many friends as you can to dine with you so you can try a bit of everything!

**My compliments to the Chef and owner of Kos Greek Ouzeri, Chef Mats Loo, the staff, and the students of First Gourmet Academy.

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