Opa! Dinner at Kouzzina

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On my December trip I got the opportunity to try Disney’s newest culinary offering: Kouzzina.  Disney has partnered with celebrity chef Cat Kora to serve guests Greek and Mediterranean dishes inspired by the Kora’s family recipes.  Located at the Boardwalk, this restaurant is easy to visit when touring Epcot or staying in the Epcot resort area.  If you’d like to escape the parks for a little while simply exit Epcot at the International Gateway and take the boat or walk over to the Boardwalk Inn.  Kouzzina has joined the lineup of fun spots to sample at the Boardwalk.

My friends and I originally made an advanced dining reservation (ADR) for four people, but wound up with six.  The cast members were happy to accommodate a larger group without any problem.  It may have been because it was about 9 p.m., but it was nice to easily make the switch nonetheless.  We were quickly seated and our server recommended a Greek beer called Mythos and most of us were happy to take him up on it.  The beer was light and quite tasty so I highly recommend giving it a try.  There were also several wine selections including flights for guests who prefer grapes to hops.

Greek isn’t generally my favorite cuisine (I don’t like feta or cucumbers) so I was a little weary of eating here, but I was pleasantly surprised to really enjoy my meal.   Our group decided to split an appetizer since we were all pretty hungry.  We decided to get two servings of Kouzzina spreads for the table which came with grilled pita bread and three spreads to sample including harissa yogurt, Kalamata fig, and chickpea hummus.  Our server explained that harissa is a traditional Greek spice with a bit of zip.  He was right!  The harissa yogurt spread was a bit spicy, but not overwhelming,  the fig offering was a bit sweet and lovely, and the hummus was typical (but yummy) hummus.

Our group was split down the middle when it came to entrees.  Two of my buddies and I decided on the lamb burger and the rest of us went with the fisherman’s stew.  We all agreed it was awesome!  It consisted of a selection of shell fish as well as a seasonal white fish in a tomato based broth.  The broth had a bit of kick to it, but it was delicious.  My dining companions who tried the lamb burger also raved about it.  There was quite a bit of the spicy harissa blended with the meat along with feta cheese and olives making it pretty hot.  Folks who like to turn up the heat will surely want to give this dish a chance.  By that point we were too full to try dessert so I’ll have to save room next time.

Not only was the food tasty, but the atmosphere was a lot of fun.  We had a great time sharing pita, drinking Greek beer, and hanging out.  The Cast Members never rushed us, even though it was getting late and they yelled “opa!” every time someone accidentally broke a dish.  The kitchen is open so guests can get a glimpse of the action.  We were seated relatively far from the kitchen so we did not pay much attention to this feature, but I’m sure some guests love the chance to watch the chefs at work.  If you aren’t sure about some of the ingredients on the menu, your server will be happy to explain and there is also a glossary on the menu to help you out.

Overall, I had a great time and a great meal at Kouzzina and I look forward to returning.  I’ve heard good things about their breakfast menu so maybe we’ll give that a try soon.  Have any of you dined here yet?  Let me know what you thought about it!

Next week I’ll be taking a look at another recent addition to WDW…

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Posted on January 21, 2010

6 Responses to “Opa! Dinner at Kouzzina”

  • Question: can you get Ouzo at Kouzzina? I just can’t shout “Opa!” unless there’s a shot to go with it!

    • by Kristen Helmstetter on January 21, 2010, at 11:44 am EDT

      Yup you can get a shot of ouzo! There are also cocktails with ouzo if that’s more up your alley. Now you have no excuse not to give it a try hehe

  • Did they have octopus and kalamari? They are both my favorite

  • We ate there during our November trip and it was one of our family’s highlights. We quit going to Spoodles after they homogenized the menu there, so it was nice that they’re using that space to try something different. The sample appetizer was nice with a lot of different tastes and textures, and I really enjoyed the whole fish (which they will filet at your table upon request). Desserts were good, too. We’ll definitely return!

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