Kuzina by Sofia opened up in the old space of Athens Grill on Route 70 in Cherry Hill. I know a few people posted wondering if anyone had tried it out. I finally made a stop last week for some lunch (takeout). The restaurant has been redecorated and is pretty inside. There were a few tables of people inside, and while I waited 2 tables were exchanging comments on the food. All seem satisfied and one table had already made 3 visits to the restaurant. So it looked promising. The menu is quite large, with a great selections of appetizers in particular.
Now for my food: I ordered the gyro platter ($9.25). When I went to pay, I was surprized that there was only one takeout container. I asked where the small greek salad was that came with the platter, and I was told it was all inside the container. First sign that all was not so well. When I got home, I opened the container. Everything had been thrown in together. The greek salad was on the bottom, It was now warm and soggy. The one (!) piece of pita was sitting on top of the gyro meat, which was thrown on top of the salad. French fries (barely cooked but flavorful) were also mixed in with everything. It was all a soggy mess from the plastic lidded container. The salad would have been crisp and fresh if it had been properly packed in a seperate container. There were at least 5 greek olives, and a slice of absolutely delicious feta cheese, really fresh, and a few tomato slices.
Some of the gyro meat was very tender, but a few large hunks were dried out and crispy. It was obvious they had been sitting out under the food lamps. The fries (I threw most away), were limp, and I could tell they would never have been crispy. The pita was properly grilled, but one slice? And the tzatzki was thick, a little on the bland side.
Now I realize that takeout is not a real indicator of how good a restaurant is. But I do get takeout often, especially at lunch, since I have a home office. I live less than 5-10 minutes away, so I did not have a long way to go. I was pretty disappointed with my choice. I might be willing to give this another try, especially as there are few greek choices in this part of NJ. I do love a good gyro, and am afraid this is not where to go to get one. Has anyone else tried Kuzina?
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