Loui’s Kouzina is a highly rated Greek restaurant located at Woodbine and 16th Ave. in Markham. I was very excited to see what it would be all about and dined here with my mom after the first Zumba session of the year (yay!).
The interior of the restaurant is decorated with many photos of Greece and the walls are painted blue and white to evoke the beautiful Greek skies and villas. Loui’s is most popular for take-out and catering, but there are a good number of tables available for those who want to dine in.
.After placing our order, there was an unusually long wait for the food to arrive, so the server brought out garlic bread for us that was on the house. It was delicious! It was unlike the typical garlic bread I’ve had where the garlic is smeared on the surface of the toast. This garlic bread came as a loaf where the insides contained the garlic instead. I loved how the bread was SO soft. It was like eating a cloud with a garlic-y centre. I gobbled it up quickly since it was perfectly warm and tasty. 🙂
We ordered the Gyro Plate which was part of the appetizer list. The large portion arrived and the thinly sliced seasoned blend of beef and lamb gathered in the middle with freshly cut red onions while grilled pita pieces lay on either ends of the plate. I really liked the beef and lamb slices. I’ve had gyros previously at chain fast-food restaurants, but this gyro was definitely well flavoured and cooked! Eating the blend of beef and lamb together with the pita pieces was perfect. I was very impressed.
The Moussaka is made in house and served with a Greek salad. However, the picture of the Village Salad on the menu looked so inviting with its bright olives and fresh tomatoes that we added $2.45 to make the change (to be honest, $2+ is a lot to be charged to change the salad; I think $1-2 is more reasonable).
The Village Salad was smaller than I expected (probably because it came together with the Moussaka?). Anyway, it was very good. The fresh feta cheese was soft and crumbly, the tomatoes were fresh and juicy, and the kalamata olives were perfect. I liked how there was a generous amount of extra virgin olive oil mixed into the salad as well. It was very healthy. 🙂
The size of the moussaka was perfect for one person but also perfect for us to share. Moussaka resembles lasagna where layers of different toppings are baked together. It was layered with potatoes, ground beef, zucchini, and eggplant topped with a béchamel sauce. I had cold béchamel sauce at Marché recently with my seafood crepe and I wasn’t impressed with it. I loved it here though! It was so creamy, smooth, and soft! It really made the moussaka taste more delicious with each fork-full.
Since the Gyro Plate was so large (it was actually perfect for three people to share as an appetizer), we packed the leftovers home. Even when I heated up the gyros and pitas at home to enjoy, it was still so delicious! I really loved the taste of the gyros. I highly recommend this dish if you visit Loui’s! In future visits, I’d love to try more of their food and especially the desserts!