Cuzina, West Bridgford – restaurant review

Cuzina, Radcliffe Road, West Bridgford

 

cuzinaA number of years ago I can remember visiting Pappas 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.  The west bridgford wire  also contacted me as they’d featured it in their online West Bridgford resource

So the idea of tapas style Greek morsels was too hard to resist, an online booking for four 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 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

cuzina 1Inside the setting is bright and modern, with a collection of intimate tables and areas for larger parties. Amstel on draught got us off to a good start. We were advised to order a max 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. my dining companions ordered the courgette and aubergine fritters, spanakopita spring rolls, grilled halloumi, chicken skewers, chicken gyros, calamari and a portion of chips. 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.

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I couldn’t fault the food and if anything I over ordered. Next time (and there definitely will be a next time) I will order the hummus minus the pitta, the Greek salad and maybe…. 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. But what you will be experiencing is lots of taste sensations and a steady stream of food arriving at your table (which can get a little overcrowded!)

 

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

Veg Out – Yiannis Greek restaurant, Beeston

Veg Out – Yiannis Greek restaurant, Beeston

For more healthy eating advice please visit my website http://www.nutrition-coach.co.uk/

yiannis webTo celebrate a friend’s birthday we went to Yiannis on Wollaton Road in Beeston. It can be quite a challenge for some restaurants to cater for a large group, especially when it contains a number of vegetarians. But Yiannis and its staff took it in their stride.

My review is also online at Nottingham Post

 

As soon as we were shown to our table the menus were presented and a drinks order swiftly taken, including jugs of tap water

 

There was an extensive specials board, but none of the offerings were suitable for vegetarians, so I carried on scrutinising the main menu.

 

When I’ve been on holiday to Greece I’ve never struggled to find tasty veggie options and Yiannis was no exception for a starter I could have chosen from grilled halloumi, mini mezze, to a traditional Greek salad. But I opted for the hummus with pitta bread, as I knew by looking at other diner’s plates the portions were very generous and I didn’t want to feel too stuffed

The hummus was lovely and smooth and came with warm pitta. I would have loved the pitta to be wholemeal and for the hummus to have IMG_6742some salad accompaniment. But it was still very delicious, garlicky and filling

 

For my main course, again I was spoilt for choice; another mezzo option, ratouille, spanakopita (spinach and feta pie) or

 

Veggie mousaka

veggie  mousakka. I chose the later. It was served piping hot with a nice generous salad,. Instead of it being made just with vegetables it also had quorn, which made it very substantial and filling. I thoroughly enjoyed it and was glad I didn’t overdo the bread at the beginning of the meal

My fellow companions had most of the remaining menu! Including lamb Kleftico, spanakopitaseabass and beef stifado. Their portions were equally generous

 

For all of us a pudding was out of the question, we were all so full. But if we did have room we could have chosen from a wide menu including Baklava, chocolate cake, sticky toffee pudding and Greek yoghurt

 

Most starters were about £5, veggie main courses were roughly £12, meat and fish about £15, the set menu mezze £23 and the desserts £4.

 

mezze sharing for two

 

If I go again I’d be tempted to skip the starter and go straight for the mezze sharing platter for two (starter portion) all to myself. It was absolutely huge and had a lot of variety, including a really healthy looking Greek salad.