Advance booking is essential if you want to dine at this new but already hugely popular Greek restaurant. Set in a whitewashed shophouse next to a wine retailer along Bukit Timah Road, the husband-and-wife-run Blu Kouzina is split over three storeys, and its calming, Mediterranean-inspired interior is cluttered with pottery, cupboards and trinkets. As you walk past the open kitchen – located right by the entrance – a whiff of char-grilled meats wafts up, catching you deliciously unawares.
Once seated, the waitress brought a bread basket with an array of dipping olive oils, which she proceeded to unabashedly turn into a sales pitch: the extra-virgin olive oils, made from handpicked organic olives, are harvested from the owners’ family estate in Greece. They’re also, conveniently, available at the retail area in the corner of the restaurant.
We’d got over the somewhat pushy welcome when our dishes started arriving. The appetiser comprised a refreshing Greek salad of feta, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes and plump black olives in a light yoghurt dressing. Then, we moved on to the tapas-sized mezedes: cheese- and herb-stuffed zucchini fritters topped with dill, and an airy fried spinach pie in filo pastry that reminded us of a samosa.
A light meal can be made up of these nibbles, but you would be missing the well-executed mains. Souvlaki, skewered beef cubes stuffed in a pita sandwich laced with a refreshingly tart and creamy tzatziki sauce of yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and lemon was first rate, as was the rib-sticking grilled lamb chop served with a casserole of grilled, oregano-flecked seasonal vegetables doused heavily in olive oil.
The day’s market special of grilled whole sea bream – deboned at the table and served with a twist of lemon and a rich drizzle of olive oil – was hearty and heartwarming. For desserts, the toothsome baklava arrived warm, its nutty, sticky, syrupy sweetness proving to be an ideal diabetes-inducing finish to the strong flavours of the meal. Eve C
|Venue name:||Blu Kouzina||Contact:|
893 Bukit Timah Road
|Opening hours:||Mon-Thu 6-10pm; Fri-Sun noon-2.30pm, 6-10pm|