Tucked along P. Guevarra, you’d be hard-pressed to find a good parking spot2. But that’s the thing I kind of like about this place. I’d rather discover a place like this rather than spotting them inside a mall. That’s just me.
Since I’m not the only one eating, we’ve seen some rabbit food in between visits. I had a bite of the Fig Roka Salata, which had sweet figs, walnuts, and sundried tomatoes on mixed greens and arugula. I have to admit that I didn’t hate this one.
And because some apparently wanted to fuck with me, we got another salad. They did me a favor, I guess, by going with the Lamb Salad with Watermelon because whenever there were reviews of Greeka, it’s always involved the word “lamb.” Multiple times. But I actually liked this salad. Lamb had that nice grilled flavor, the feta cheese gave it that salty element, and the watermelon had the refreshing element that complemented the savory. Doesn’t mean I’m giving into salads anytime soon, though.
The dips are also a nice appetizer. You cannot go wrong with the Spana Aginaro Dip3. Solid and perfect with the pita.
I also liked the Htipiti4, but in hindsight I could’ve done without this. They kept it light and simple, but there has to be much more heat to make the dish sing.
I’d skip their juices as well. The Greeka Lemonade was a tad diluted and the Greeka Iced Tea was… green. Color’s nice, could use a bit more flavor.
Each entree comes with a side dish, which costs P180.00 (or $4.00) on its own. Not very good, but these babies do fill you up. I’d stay away from the Watercress Pasta and the Arni Keftedes Pasta5.
The Moussaka6 was turrible and the Yemistes looked good, but tasted off.
The Patates Fournou Lemonates and the Greeka Patates Tiganites were pretty solid, though. One was baked and crispy with a squeeze of lemon, the other was very poutine-y.
The Greek Pita was awesome, though and it came with a hefty side salad, which used to serve it with arugula. My last visit consisted of lettuce, which lost that unique kick to their salad. Perfect with the Beef Souvlaki.
Their Beef Souvlaki7 is the best in the Metro by far. Yes, I said it. Usually, the beef is tough, lacks flavor, packed with shit you don’t necessarily need or want. Here, the beef chunks are perfectly grilled, tender, cooked well, and seasoned well. Not exactly rocket science, right?
If there’s one really, really boring entree out there, it’s the Krasates or Grilled Pork Chops. Not bad but Jesus Christ, it’s grilled fucking pork chops!
But if you listen around, it’s really all about the lamb here. The Paidakia is pretty solid. Grilled lamb cutlets are charred nicely. You don’t really need anything else.
The highlight of my meals here has been the Arni Lemonato, which is their best seller. It’s a lamb dish that’s been roasted for 5 hours so it’s really fall-off-the-bone tender. It’s oily, greasy, very gamey in flavor — all of which I love about lamb. Forget Greek cuisine for a minute, this is just a very good lamb and value-for-money dish.
Overall, I liked this place enough to have visited it more than a few times. Is it better than Cyma? I can’t say, but it’s a good enough alternative. I do admit that I found myself a tad disappointed during my last visit, but not enough to stop me from visiting again.