Susan Hart reviews Cuzina: A number of years ago I can remember visiting Papas Greek restaurant, in West Bridgford. It then closed, reopened as an Indian street food establishment, closed again and over the last few months has transformed in to a modern Greek restaurant called Cuzina.
So the idea of tapas style Greek morsels was too hard to resist, an online booking was made and excitement built.
As a vegetarian I often struggle to find veggie friendly cheese (the sort that is animal rennet free), so after a quick ‘phone call to the restaurant I was able to ascertain that both the feta and halloumi were suitable.
The owner Nick Procopiou went to great lengths to make sure the information he gave me was spot on and also reassured me that items like the vegetable skewers were cooked away from the meat versions, so I felt confident that I would have a good night .
Inside the setting is bright and modern, with a collection of intimate tables and areas for larger parties. Amstell on draught got us off to a good start. We were advised to order a maximum of three dishes each and as they are cooked and prepared to order they may come out at different times.
I saw on Facebook that Cuzina’s signature dish was a Greek salad served inside an artisan bread. So that was dish one sorted, second dish was hummus and pitta (I later realised I’d gone overboard on carbs!) and my final dish was giant beans.
They all came out at different times, but my Greek salad was first to arrive so I tucked in! It was amazing.
The bread was crusty on the outside but inside it had been smeared with crushed tomatoes, then filled to the brim with cucumber, salad leaves, red onion, tomatoes, olives, feta and a dressing; by far the best dish on the table. The fritters were very tasty and moreish and the beans also deserve a special mention.
Well I’m not sure because it was all absolutely scrummy!
If you visit Cuzina at lunch time then the Greek salad is enough by itself and it becomes a very reasonable meal out at £5.50. In the evening if you add on a beer or two and three dishes you will be paying over £20 a head.
Cuzina is definitely a place to come to with friends and try lots of different small meals. And as I now know which cheeses are veggie friendly I will definitely come with a veggie friend or two and enjoy a Greek feast