First up was the Flaming Saganaki (not so flaming by the time Lu arrived) - I've never seen a piece of cheese on fire before, and it was pretty cool to watch ;) By the time we got to the saganaki it was fairly cold but still delicious. I scoffed the 3 green olives while waiting for my friend and they were really nice and juicy.
We ordered 3 more dishes -
(from L - R)
‘Cretan’ style filo pastry rolls filled with fresh mizithra cheese, topped with thyme honey, toasted sesame and poppy seeds
Lima beans baked with roma tomatoes, shallots and fresh dill
Harissa & feta green beans 8.50
I ordered the Tiropita as I knew Lu wasn't the biggest fan of the Spankapoitas we had at Hellenic Republic a few months ago. This was a mix between a sweet and a savoury dish, which was lovely. The slightly salty cheese contrasted nicely with the honey and seeds, and it was a good pick. Highlights of the meal were definitely the Gigandes and the green beans though. I didn't know what Harissa was when I ordered the beans, and was slightly surprised to find the beans had a massive chilli kick. My friend Mr. Google informed me later that Harissa is a hot chilli paste commonly used in North African cuisine, and it was an incredible addition to the green beans, which I usually find quite dull. The creaminess of the feta contrasted nicely and it is definitely a dish that I will be seeking out in the future. The Gigandes were also incredibly moreish. I love beans of any kind, and the mixture of tomatoes and dill really complimented them. The dill was quite overpowering, but its a flavour I can never get enough of, so I had no complaints.
Kouzina is definitely a place I plan to return to. Although I felt quite pitiful sitting at the table on my own for all that time, the staff were so friendly and sympathetic, and continually asked if there was anything they could get me to make the wait a little more bearable. The 5 small dishes were enough for us as a main meal, but due to the rushed nature of our eating, I could imagine that 1 or 2 more wouldn't go astray if we could have taken our time. Kouzina's location at Southgate is fantastic, and even though I was seated inside in the warmth, I can imagine that the balcony would be perfect for dinner on a balmy summer evening.