Blu Kouzina – A Greek Gem in Bukit Timah
Located along the quieter stretch of Bukit Timah, Blu Kouzina is a little gem of a restaurant specializing in delectable Greek cuisine. This nifty four-storey establishment is characteristically Greek in decor – clean lines and traditional blue and white colors drawn from the palette of a beach ‘taverna’ makes this a beautiful venue for lunch.
Blu Kouzina was born out of the founders’ love of sharing a hearty meal with friends, spiced with quality olive oil and accompanied with good wine. Owners Effie and Dennis Tsakiris married their passion for the food of their native Greece and the family’s signature olive oil to set up this restaurant 3 years ago.
The dishes served here are traditional Greek recipes with the freshest of ingredients, some especially flown from Greece. You feel like you are transported back to Greece!
Our lunch began with some Pita Bread ($3) sprinkled with sea salt and paprika. You can go with their homemade dips such as Fava (yellow, $11.80), Taramosalata (white, $13.80) and Melitzanosalata (grey, $13.80).
Fava is actually yellow lentils with fresh onion, oregano and extra virgin olive oil; Taramosalata is cod roe dip with capari green beans; Melitzanosalata is smoked eggplant mixed with herbs. The fava dip is an unexpected winner for me; it is light, yet filling and perfect with pita bread.
Cheese lovers should never miss Grilled Feta ($12.80). Sliced feta cheese are grilled with oregano and extra virgin olive oil, leaving it firm and moist. Eat more and you may become more wealthy (*spot the dollar sign).
By the way, everything here is cooked with her family’s own brand of extra virgin oil called Green Gold, which she imports from the olive farms in southern Greece. It is also for sale at the restaurant.
Looking just like our local version of Samosa, Spanakopita ($12.30) is a thin phylo pastry filled with generous amount of spinach, feta cheese and herbs. It is mostly eaten as a snack in Greece, and oven baked till it is crispy brown in colour. Suprisingly “simple” but utterly perfect, spinach and cheese is a good combination.
Meat platter seems to be their signature because almost every table has a plate of grilled meat. Kreatika Anamikta ($83.80 for 2pax, $166.80 for 4pax, $248.80 for 6pax) comes with meat balls, kalamaki, bifteki (beef patty) and lamb chops, accompanied by fresh onion, tomato and lemon.
While some of the meats were too dry on that day, we particularly love the lamb which comes fresh and unfrozen from New Zealand. It has scored almost everything right. It has got the right amount of seasonings, with a subtle sweetness from the meat and a flavoursome grill, every piece is juicy and succulent.
I enjoyed Psari Stin Sxara or Greek Grilled Fish (Sea Bream 400g $39.80, Sea Bass 1kg $88.80). The sea bream is flown in fresh from Greece every Friday. It has a nice smoky flavour and the meat is moist.
We should end our meals by now but I was dying to try their Mousaka ($24.80) because the table next to us ordered it and it smells so good! This traditional Greek dish of oven baked eggplant with potatoes, minced meat and bechamel sauce was really hearty and comforting.
I seldom taste Greek food so I do not have a yardstick to compare it with. However, I really love the vibe of this place, it’s almost as if you are in Greece for an hour or two, enjoying a delicious meal accompanied by great conversations. My suggestion for you is to come in a big group so that you can have a little of everything. If you come at night, try sitting at the alfresco area, it is quite windy!
Address: 893 Bukit Timah Road
Tel: 6875 0872
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