This was our first time to dine in a Greek restaurant, and boy, KOS Greek Ouzeri at UP Town Center did not disappoint at all. We’ve known Greek food through dad when he makes Galaktoboureko, a Greek dessert of semolina custard in filo, and being the adventurous family that we are, we didn’t hesitate to try it out. One thing we’re sure about Greek food, though – there’s no rice! They served a complimentary basket full of flat pita bread and oh-so-good slices of baguette.
We started our food adventure with Tiganita – deep-fried zucchini and eggplant with yogurt dip. It pretty much resembles a Japanese tempura but the yogurt dip was what makes it different. The dip wasn’t strong and it helped us clear our taste buds before being served with the main course. I bet this was mum’s favourite because she’s a big fan of vegetables.
Mum’s main course was Gyros – roasted meats wrapped in pita bread with garlic sauce, tomatoes, and onions, served with chips, and opted for the lamb. Due to the number of Tiganita serving she had before her food, she was not able to finish the serving. Luckily, being the one who always finishes off leftover food, I was able to taste it and it was a sumptuous. The slightly toasted pita bread goes very well with how those finely sliced, well-done, and juicy lamb chops. The garlic sauce was such a delight because it gives a good kick to the already-good dish.
Whilst my brother opted for Arnisia – grilled lamb chops with roasted vegetables and mint yogurt sauce, I decided to go for a Kotopoulo – herb roasted chicken served with potatoes and roasted red bell pepper sauce. Of course, being the brothers we are, we often share and trade insight about each other’s food.
The Arnisia – a well-done lamb chop – can give any steak run for its money. I thought this was the highlight of our dining at KOS Greek Ouzeri. It wasn’t my first time to taste lamb meat, but with how they prepared the meat, it made me feel like it’s my first time to taste one that day. The meat was so tender that each time the fork would piece its way to the meat, the meat juice would just ooze out of it. It was such a delight to see that moment happen.
The serving of Kotopoulo was already good for sharing. For someone who does not eat a lot, I would recommend that you share this with someone. It wasn’t just the thigh-leg part of a chicken but it’s actually bigger than what’s expected. I’m a big fan of herb-roasted chicken meat. I couldn’t recognize the herbs that used for the dish but would definitely guarantee that the taste does not end from the chicken skin. Usually that’s the problem with grilled chicken, where only the chicken skin and some portion of the white meat would have the taste (earth calling, Mang Inasal and Bacolod Chicken Inasal!) but with Kotopoulo, the taste actually goes as deep as the chicken bones! The bell pepper sauce provides a tangy flavour that goes very well with the grilled potatoes. Just don’t forget to dash the chicken meat with a slice of lemon on the side and your dining experience will be in the heavens!
As much as we wanted order some Galaktoboureko, we simply couldn’t because we were all full and fixed. More than being served good food, it’s the overall dining experience that made our visit a good one. I recommend that you visit KOS Greek Ouzeri on a weekday to avoid long lines and any hassle, and you may want to call them before going for reservations, especially on weekends. The service wasn’t as bad as what the online reviews say. I thought it was rather understandable that the food may take a while to prepare. Without a doubt, for a reasonable price you are going to experience a dining like no other at KOS Greek Ouzeri.