How many of you celebrated Greek Easter this past Sunday?
That’s what I figured….of course before I go tooting my own cosmopolitan horn, let me point out how fortuitous my nod to the great Greek culture was. My cousin called a few days before and invited Chris, my mother, and myself to brunch Sunday and I suggested he do the restaurant choosing.
Enter Kefi, a light-filled airy Upper West Side greek restaurant we have been to once before. The food here is a touch more modern that the Greek fare I enjoyed about a year ago in Greece. True to authentic Greek cuisine, the menu items at Kefi are certainly rich, and generally heavy. The olive oil, spices, and salt are poured on liberally. For a once in a while kind of place though, a meal here leaves little to be desired. This food packs the flavor, y’all; it’s so good you won’t leave much behind but you won’t need dessert either!I took a walk down adventure street and ordered the grilled octopus with gig ante bean salad and a side of greek salad to create my own small plates meal. Grilled octopus reminds meow the pork tenderloin of yesteryears. It is thick, juicy, and dripping with salty charred flavor. Paired with mild gigante beans and drizzled with quality olive oil, this was a Sunday brunch for the books. And while the feta-heavy greek salad was certainly a nice warm-weather choice, it didn’t hold a candle to my tentacle friend.
Greek Easter may come only once a year, but a visit to Kefi, well let’s just say I’m not waiting.