It’s a good year in Troy. Sakura Japanese Steakhouse opened, which at least serves a couple good Chinese dishes, given that the owners are the same from Golden Harvest. Punjab, as previously mentioned, is up on its feet, one of my favorite Middle Eastern places, La Saj, will soon open on Crooks, and perhaps the biggest prize is the soon to open Fresh Thyme grocery on Big Beaver at Rochester Rd.
Anyway, Estia Greek “street food” also opened last week (Maple at Coolidge). Once I can narrow-in on a couple specific dishes/toppings from the many that are on offer here, I think I’ll be really happy with this place. It is a takeoff on Troy’s Kalamata Greek Grill, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Like Chipotle, you start at the counter with a wrap, bowl or salad base, and then you walk down the line adding stuff, to say your gyro, like spreads (hummus, tzatziki, etc.), meats (roasted chicken, pork or gyro meat), and finally you go thru the wide selection of salad bar items like olives, beets, onions, peppers, feta, cucumbers spinach, etc., etc., and nice fresh dill. All for $6.50. The bread is grilled from dough while you wait, and is offered in white, whole wheat, multigrain, etc.. Gotta love that, right?
For a buck more, you can have a rice bowl instead of bread. The rice options also include wild rice or quinoa. The white rice was so-so. Before one of those aforementioned spreads and meats are added, a sauce is liberally used to moisten the rice (Greek tomato sauce, or oregano broth). The oregano broth was surprisingly nice. Once I had hit the rice with broth and tzatziki, followed by salad bar items such as beets and feta, I did, however, have a rather disgusting looking amalgam going (my wife’s opinion), with nobody to blame for the pile-on but my greedy, gluttonous self.
The chicken, lemon rice soup side dish was edible, as were the gyro meats and roasted pork (may be better when hot off the grill?), but the chicken was surprisingly good. Spanakopita also was on offer as a side dish…maybe I’ll get lucky one day and find moussaka offered, too! Either way, I’ll be back. The owner is friendly and there is enough on offer, once I figure things out, to concoct a pretty darn good meal for just $7 !