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Kefi Review -- Mediocre

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Kefi Review -- Mediocre

Simon | Apr 1, 2009 07:57 AM

Went there last night for the first time, w/ my father and two of his friends...

While it wasn't bad, i wasn't terribly impressed either...

When i called to make the reservation, the woman who answered , while very pleasant, sounded rather clueless, like she was completely new to the whole concept of taking reservations: "Wow, huh! Well, uhhhh, what TIME? 7:30? Cool. Lemme check. Uhhhh, maybe more like 8:15? Wow i should check and make sure!"...kind of odd...given her confusion and having heard about the crowds there, i asked her if she was really sure 8:15 would be fine, because my dad's friends would be driving into the city and prob wouldn't be the kind of folks who are used to standing in a hectic long-wait kind of situation...she answered that we absolutely would have a table waiting for us at 8:15...

As it turned out, the place was packed and we had to wait about 25+ minutes for a table...no biggee for me, but not so good for my dad and the others...

Food was average/mediocre...i didn't care for their take on the Greek salad, which is shredded and chopped, and has a dressing that's faintly sweet -- tasted like something that would be dished out from industrial-size quantities in a giant cafeteria...not authentic, and bit mushy...i had the grilled branzino: preparation was solid (crispy skin, moist flakey flesh) but the fish didn't taste particularly fresh...neither item was "bad" but neither item was anything i'd ever order again...

Another annoying thing: two of the other people each ordered the Greek salad, followed by a chicken souvlaki...when the chicken souvlaki came, we were surprised to see that it came *with* a side Greek salad...did it say so on the menu?...i don't know...but any even half-decent waiter would have pointed that out when he took the order...(especially since i cheerfully told him when we sat down that it was our first visit to Kefi and we were excited to try their food, etc)...

i didn't try the dishes the other people got, and i have to admit that they didn't order particularly adventurously (roast chicken, a feta appetizer, etc)...i wish i'd gotten to sample a wider variety of what Kefi offers, so my review of the place could be a bit more thorough...and i do know that the best way to eat Greek food is order an array of appetizers and entrees and share everything (i actually lived on a Greek island for several years when i was a kid)...and, the grilled octopus w/ chick peas appetizer that i saw sitting on another table looked very tasty...

Totally subjective and non-food related, i also wasn't crazy about the crowd, which felt like a scene from the Hamptons (lots of argyle, various other ugly preppy sweaters, and quite a few particularly awkward-looking first-date two-tops)...it's also a fairly loud place...

I'd almost be tempted to go back sometime and try that octopus appetizer at the bar, but given my overall "meh" feeling about the place, i'm unlikely to return....

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