Pictures: New Greek bar and restaurant opens in West Bridgford

The team ready for the big opening

A brand new Greek bar and restaurant, Cuzina, opens its doors on Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford soon. See details.

Owner Nicholas Procopiou, 27, who lives in West Bridgford, set up the new venture to bring modern and traditional authentic Greek cuisine to the town.

Cuzina [gr.Κουζινα] means kitchen in Greek.

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Many will remember the much-loved Pappas, operated by Nick’s father Chris and mum Maria for 32 years – in the same building – the third generation of the family to run a restaurant here.

Cuzina West Bridgford

Nicholas said, ‘Cuzina is going to be a bit different. We’re trying to be a modern restaurant but we’ve still got lots of the traditional dishes too.’

‘We’ve taken inspiration from the London Greek restaurants and modern Greek islands  in terms of style and food. We’ll be serving things like halloumi wrapped in bacon served with mango chutney and spanakopita spring rolls.’

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‘Our signature will be the Greek salad. We are getting our own artisan bread, cut out the middle, filling it with salad and putting a lid on top.’

The signature dish! Greek salad inside artisan bread

Nick added, ‘I’m very excited. There’s been a lot of hard work involved and we can’t wait to open the doors.’

Dishes include lamb kleftiko and chicken souvlaki, aubergine fritters and honey feta.

 

 

A selection from Cuzina

The dessert menu is to-die-for –

Loukoumades – Greek ‘puffed’ donuts served with a choice of: Nutella sauce and vanilla ice cream – Honey, nuts, cinnamon and vanilla, ice cream and Kormos – chocolate and biscuit cake served with ice cream to name two of the specialities pictured below;

Bar manager Sophie Kyriacou told us, ‘There is a large selection of cocktails and three mocktails, some of which are my own twist on traditional recipes’

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Nick said, ‘The bar area at the front of the restaurant has a casual, friendly atmosphere where people can pop in for a drink with friends.’

Sophia shakes up the next recipe
A variation on the Aviation cocktail, Sophia uses gin, maraschino, crème de violette and prosecco
To Siko (The Fig) Navy rum, fig topped with vanilla and orange foam
The Walnut – a Cypriot twist on an old classic using home-made walnut syrup

 

 

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