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Cafe Plaka has a new owner............

LBQT | Aug 10, 2003 06:24 PM

and it's not a change for the better. Menu and ambience are very different. It is no longer the traditional Greek restaurant we knew and loved. The menu now includes more "continental" cuisine, leaning toward Italian. We ordered our old favorites, and were disappointed. The tzatziki was flavorful, but runny - too thin for dipping or spreading. Pastitsio has lost its pizazz; chicken souvlaki was made of rolled strips of meat (tenders?) rather than chunks as in the past. The rice with tomato sauce and the "Greek" green beans have been replaced with an ordinary rice and some mish-mosh of sauteed chopped cabbage and minced squashes. The restaurant itself has been remodeled to add some tables, and you can no longer see into the kitchen. The amiable trio of musicians has been replaced by an older gentleman with a synthesizer. Although the service was good, and the place lively (the waiters still dance), it's lost something in the transition - the experience seems contrived, almost hokey. I don't think we'll return.

Cafe Plaka
Brookhurst & Garfield
Fountain Valley

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