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Greek Kos Ouzeri: Authentic, fresh Greek cuisine by Chef Mats Loo of First Gourmet Academy

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Chef Mats Loo demonstrates how to prepare a cocktail with ‘ouzo’ | All rights reserved

A few weeks ago I had lunch at Kos Greek Ouzeri with good friend Alfred and met Chef Mats Loo. It was such a great foodie experience that spreading the word about their authentic Greek cuisine became quite a personal mission. So went back with foodie friends for them to experience authentic Greek cuisine as well. I have a post about my initial visit (link here: Kos Greek Ouzeri: Authentic Greek Cuisine in the heart of Quezon City but this post is more extensive (read: more ‘drool-worthy’ dishes so caveat, do not read with an empty stomach hehe!)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Cheers with ‘ouzo’ | All rights reserved
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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Chef Mats Loo’s explained each deliciously fresh dish | All rights reserved
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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Mezedes | All rights reserved

Mezedes Samplers with unlimited freshly baked breads (Sampler of 3 P250; Sampler of 4 P325; Sampler of 5 P375). Some dip choices are: Melitzanosalata (P195) – roasted eggplant with garlic, white wine vinegar, olive oil and lemon juice; Tzatziki (P175) – yogurt cucumber dip flavored with garlic, dill, olive oil and lemon juice; Hummus (P165) – mashed cooked chickpeas, blended with tahini, olive oil, lemon juice and garlic; Artichoke Spinach Spread (P175) – mixed artichoke, spinach and cheese dip; Roasted Cauliflower and Garlic Spread (P135) – blended cauliflower and garlic with mixed herbs and spices; Tyrokafteri (P170) – whipped Greek feta cheese and roasted bell pepper, etc.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Salata | All rights reserved

Kos Salata (P350) – mixed greens with sun-dried tomatoes, dried figs, caramelized nuts, cheese and grapes tossed with honey-grape vinaigrette

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Chicken Souvlaki | All rights reserved

Chicken Souvlaki (P350)- skewer chicken meat with roasted vegetables, yogurt and garlic sauce and red bell pepper sauce. They also have Lamb Souvlaki (P495) and Pork Souvlaki (P370)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Keftadakia | All rights reserved

Keftedakia – meatballs with herbs and spices served with lemon and yogurt dip

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Bourou Borou | All rights reserved

Bourou-Bourou (P165) – vegetable soup with pasta and croutons

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Soutzoukakia Smyrneika | All rights reserved

Soutzoukakia Smyrneika – sausage-shaped meatballs cooked in spiced tomato sauce

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Lamb Fricasse | All rights reserved

Lamb Fricasse (P380) – lamb cubes braised with white onion, ouzo, leeks, lettuce and potatoes

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Spanakopita | All rights reserved

Spanakopita – spinach pie made with layers of filo pastry, spinach, onion and feta cheese

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Spanakorizo | All rights reserved

Spanakorizo (P135) – orzo pasta cooked with onions, spinach and mixed with feta cheese and herbs

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Pastitsio | All rights reserved

Pastitsio – layered tubular pasta with meat and tomato sauce topped with bechamel sauce

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Lokoumades | All rights reserved

Lokoumades (P110) – fried dough bathed in sweet syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon and walnuts

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Galaktoboureko | All rights reserved

Galaktoboureko (P180) – Greek custard pie in filo pastry sheets covered with honey syrup

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Greek Coffee | All rights reserved

Greek Coffee (P125) – authentic Greek coffee is perfect paired with one of their delicious desserts

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Greek Cardamom Iced Tea, Tarragon Lemonade and Basil Lemonade | All rights reserved

Greek Cardamom Iced Tea (P75 per glass / P120 bottomless), Tarragon Lemonade (P75 per glass / P120 bottomless) and Basil Lemonade (P85)

More infromation: Kos Greek Ouzeri is located at the Ground Floor, UP Town Center, Katipunan Avenue, Diliman, Quezon City; Phone number 02 2469069 ext:182 (Table booking recommended)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri: Authentic Greek Cuisine in the heart of Quezon City

An ‘ouzeri’ or ‘ouzeria’ is a type of Greek tavern which serves ‘ouzo’ (Greek liquor) and ‘mezedes’ or light snacks.

Kos is one of Greek’s Dodecanese islands in the southeastern Aegean Sea, is a group of Greek islands known for their medieval castles, Byzantine churches, beaches and ancient archaeological sites.

A few days ago I met up for late lunch at Kos Greek Ouzeri with a fellow foodie friend who introduced me to Chef Mats Loo and Chef Yolanda Naluz. Now, if you are into authentic cuisines especially Greek, Kos is one of the best places in the metro to experience. Your palate, with just that first bite will tell you that not only do they use the freshest ingredients, but their cooking methods are genuinely different. Here’s my food adventure at Kos Greek Ouzeri.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Mezedes: Artchoke Spinach, Tzatziki and Tyrokafteri with freshly baked bread | All rights reserved

‘Mezedes’ are small dishes served before the main dish and eaten with freshly baked bread. Kos uses ingredients straight from source and their breads are freshly baked every day. For me these can not only tickle the palate before a main meal, but it can be taken as a snack as well. I can eat this almost every day, its healthy and they give almost unlimited freshly-baked bread re-fills.

I tried these ‘mezedes’: ‘Tzatziki’ (Php175) – yogurt cucumber with garlic, dill, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon; ‘Tyrokafteri’ (Php170) – feta cheese combined with roasted red bell peppers; Sun-dried Tomatoes and Capers (Php155) – a combination of cheese, sun-dried tomatoes, olives and capers; ‘Hummus’ (Php165) – cooked chick peas with tahini, garlic, olive oil and a squeeze of lemon. They also have ‘Kalamaria Toursi’ (Php155), ‘Kolokithakia Ke Melitzanes’ (Php 195), ‘Kroketes Patatas’ (Php155) and ‘Soutzoukakia Smyrneika’ (php165), etc.

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Kos Salata | All rights reserved

‘Kos Salata’ (Php350)- mixed greens with dried figs, caramelized nuts, sun-dried tomatoes, grapes and cheese tossed with honey grape vinaigrette. The mix of tartness of the dried figs, sweetness of the caramelized nuts and grapes went well with the generous serving of cheese with the honey grape vinaigrette served on the side. My first thought after a few bites was that they gave generous servings of the cheese. And its really delicious cheese which is really something you don’t experience, much less expect from restaurants these days.

Kos serves fresh ‘salatas’ or ‘salads’ made with not just any oil, but extra virgin olive oil. the quality of the extra virgin olive oil is important in Greek cuisine because any change in quality will render a different taste to the dish. They also have ‘Tono Salata’ (Php320) and ‘Salata Horiatiki’ (Php300)

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Kos Greek Ouzeri | Grilled Salmon Fillet with Ladolemono | All rights reserved

‘Grilled Salmon Fillet with Ladolemono’ (Php385) – grilled herb marinated salmon fillet served with roasted vegetables and lemon oil.

If you’ve read most of my recipes or ‘food experiments’ or follow me on Instagram (@urmajesty_sire) then you know of my ‘salmon obsession.’ What a delight it was to taste Kos’ melt-in-your-mouth-goodness salmon (and took some to-go also). Chef Yolanda Naluz shared that the salmon is marinated in their special combination of herbs then cooked (with its skin) in extra virgin olive oil. They also have other seafood dishes like ‘Psari Plaki’ and ‘Greek Fish Stew’ on the menu.

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