I have learned to reserve my visits to Kouzina for the days when I am not in a big hurry to get back to the office. Prices are slightly more expensive, with the average lunch costing between $25-$35. This definitely isn’t the place to go to when you’re looking for a cheap lunch on the run. No matter the server, thus far my experience has been consistently, frustratingly slow service.
The lunch menu offers several Greek appetizers that are mostly hits. My favorites so far include the keftedes, zucchini fries and their pita pizza. This restaurant’s take on keftedes (greek meatballs) resemble small grilled burger patties. They’re very nicely seasoned and delicious, pero the trick here is to sandwich a meatball between two slices of pita bread and slather on some tzatziki sauce. The lamb pita pizza is served as an appetizer, but for me it works as a good option if you’re looking for something relatively light. Toasted pita is topped with pesto, cheese, seasoned lamb meat, red onions and roasted tomatoes. When I can’t make up my mind, I end up with the mixed dip platter. It comes with a really addictive tzatziki, hummus, eggplant spread and plenty of pita bread. All three of which are made in-house and taste great. The zucchini fries at this place are actually fucking magical, they resemble shoestring French fries and are absolutely delicious. Seriously, these zucchini fries are a genius way to get any veggie-phobe to eat their vegetables.
|Toasted Pita Bread|
|Zucchini Fry with Tzatziki|
|Greek Yogurt With Honey, Apricots and Walnuts|
Thus far, the food at this restaurant has been mostly really good. A couple of disappointments, but nothing overtly horrifying. However, with an average lunch for one person running well over an hour and the average wait for my my first dish being 25-30 minutes it's not a surprise why I'm on the fence. Diners also are forced to play Hide-And-Go-Seek with their waiters when it's time to pay. I've consistently experienced disappearing waiters when it's time the bill. I realize that finding good servers in Miami is not only difficult, but the source of frustration for many restaurants across town. So when checking out this place for good and tasty Greek cuisine, be weary of avoidant and slow service.
3535 NE 2nd Ave
Miami, FL 33137