Review: A Taste of Greece at Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

Review: Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, Fort Bonifacio, BGC Taguig

I’ve only ever been to one restaurant which serves Greek cuisine prior to this, and I’ve fallen in love with the authentic flavors of Greek cuisine and the homey ambiance of the establishment, not to mention the energetic staff of the place. They have set the bar quite high, being one of the destination places for Greek food craving not only here in Manila, but also in other parts of the Philippines. However, their food costs an arm and a leg, and some even thinks that their menu is overpriced. Which makes me glad to welcome Greeka Kouzina, the newest Greek restaurant in town, and see what the buzz is all about.

Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City

Greeka Kouzina opened their first branch in San Juan in October 2012. The one on the 2nd level of SM Aura Premier is their second branch, a strategic location to cater to foodies nearer the South. The brightly lit interiors and the vibrant colors of the Mediterranean-inspired lamps hanging overhead attracts passersby to come and partake in the Greek feast that they serve.

We secured a table near the counter, in between the seats lining the sides. The chairs had a rustic charm.

Other than that, the brick walls that lined the interiors, the arch, and the picture of a Grecian neighborhood which you’ll pass on your way to the comfort room, all mimics the ambiance of a small, cozy space in the Mediterranean.

Greeka Kouzina’s Menu

Upon scanning through the menu, I found that the prices were relatively cheaper than other Greek restaurants. Most items are steeply priced, but the serving size is good for sharing among two to three people. I wish they offered smaller, more affordable servings for when I feel like eating alone and drowning my melancholy in good Greek food, but then again, it’s more fun enjoy good food with good friends. :)

Fig Roka Salata or Fig Arugula Salad (Php 420) – Sweet figs, walnuts, and tomatoes on a bed of arugula and mixed greens

The Fig Roka Salata was the first dish that made it to our table. I found the greens a bit salty, but then your taste buds occasionally chance upon something sweet. Thus, I welcomed the combination of sweet and salty flavors trying to overpower each other with every bite. Thin slices of parmesan cheese sat on top of the salad, providing much flavor to the dish. The dish can be shared by four to five people, since the serving is quite big.

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Kalamari Tiganito (Php 290)

The Kalamari Tiganito is fresh squid sprinkled with alatopiperigano. Alatopiperigano is a tasty mix of salt (alati),  pepper (piperi), and oregano (rigani). It was easy to finish on its own, but was even more fun when dipped in tzatziki. Tzatziki is a common household dip in Greek households made of strained yoghurt and cucumber, plus olive oil, salt and garlic thrown into the delicious combination.

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Arni Lemonato (Roast Lamb) Php 610

Arni Lemonato, or their Roast Lamb, is Greeka Kouzina’s bestseller, and it’s popular for a good reason. It’s roasted for five hours until the meat is so tender that it falls off the bone. Lambs are fatty, though, which gives a succulent flavor, even without the dip. I loved this one and I probably ate the biggest portion of this dish in our group.

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Krasates (Pork Chop) Php 480

The Krasates was really good! The dish served includes two thick slabs of pork chops with blue cheese walnut and Greeka’s specialty gravy. I liked it a lot but found it swimming in oil, and I wonder if I shouldn’t mind it since they mostly use olive oil for cooking Greek dishes. Again, this one can stretch for four to five people.

Moussaka (Php 180)

The Moussaka is a popular Mediterranean dish that you will find in any Greek restaurant. There are three layers in the dish, which includes the eggplant sauteed in olive oil (bottom layer), minced meat mixed in with a variety of spices (middle layer), and a layer of savory custard made of potatoes (top layer). The Moussaka is probably the most recognized Greek dish, so don’t forget to order this the next time you’re at Greeka!

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Beef Souvlaki (Php 430)

The Beef Souvlaki was one of my favorites, and I can tell that it was a favorite of my friends, too! It’s skewered meat and vegetables char-grilled until medium rare. It was so tender that it almost melts in my mouth, and was so tasty, too! Cutting through the beef, I found that the meat was still pink, and that it was juicy and oozing with flavor. But I think I still don’t have a tough stomach for medium-rare, haha! The order includes a side of your choice, and the side that was served to us together with this dish was the Moussaka.

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Watercress Blue Cheese Salad (Php 395)

Probably the least photogenic dish among the ones we tried that night, the Watercress Blue Cheese Salad did make up for it with its flavor. Some people might find the watercress overwhelming and too big a portion in a pasta dish, but I liked that it provided texture. The blue cheese flavor is there, albeit subtle, but still lending sharpness and saltiness to the dish.

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Baklava (Php 180)

The Baklava is a dish comprised of layered phyllo, with walnuts, cashews, and pistachio, topped with a heavy scoop of Greek yogurt and syrup. Despite my dislike for everything nuts, and my first time to try out Baklava, I liked it! I think I can go make peace with nuts through this dessert. The Greek yogurt was creamy, and not as sour as regular yogurts can get. Compared to regular yogurt, you can scoop through Greek yogurts with less guilt since it has more protein and less carbs.

With Roch of Rochkirstin.com

At Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, The Fort

Comparing to the other Greek restaurant that I’ve mentioned earlier, I can say that Greeka Kouzina brings in more value for money with the quality uncompromised. Menu prices are still steep, but considering the serving size, the prices are not unreasonable. I do wish they have House Special drinks, something that’s not the usual iced tea or sodas that you can find just about anywhere. I also regret not getting to try their Spinach Artichoke dip, which I’m a huge sucker for. I look forward to trying that out and a handful more dishes on their menu the next time I come back to Greeka Kouzina for my Greek cuisine fix!-HANA

Greeka Kouzina
2F, SM Aura Premier, McKinley Parkway cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig
Operating Hours: Daily 10:00am to 10:00pm
Contact +632 964-3354 or Mobile no.  +63 917 514-0157 for Inquiries
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7 comments to Review: A Taste of Greece at Greeka Kouzina, SM Aura Premier, Bonifacio Global City, Taguig

  • Franc Ramon  says:

    Greek Kouzina is really a catchy name and it’s nice that there are more greek restaurants now in the Manila.

  • andrew  says:

    wow!! enticing!! crave for almost everything here!!

  • Jaosn Panuelos  says:

    My dad’s been looking for a great Greek resto for the longest time! Thank goodness for this post! :)

  • Robi  says:

    Arni Lemonato, Krasates and Beef Souvlaki make me wanna go back to the Philippines right away and grab some bite. I’m craving!

  • Debarpan  says:

    The place looks awesome and foods are quite delicious looking too.

  • Lornajane  says:

    I have always been attracted to Greek civilization :) Probably this has something to do with the Spartans and the Athenians.

    It is nice to have Greek food showcased in this resto :)

    I will go there if I go to Manila :)

  • Yen  says:

    Oohhh. This review made me hungry! Never tried Greek restaurants before but seriously considering to visit this place now after reading your post! :)

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