#sEATtle: Omega Ouzeri

February 16, 2016

I like to eat. A lot. Food is bae. So I figured I would post little reviews of the places I go, to give you a little insight and maybe some ideas on where you might want to nom with your friends or special someones. Plus it gives me an excuse to pig out on Seattle's best eats and not feel bad about it, because work! Before we start though, I want to make one thing perfectly clear, I am NOT a professional food nerd, nor do I want to be. I dont know the intricacies of French cooking. Heck, I dont even know how to spell "intricacies." It also means that if you ask me what the best burger is, I'll probably say Lil Woody's before I suggest any kind of "gourmet" burger, unless that gourmet burger has an egg on it. Then gourmet burger wins (any burger with an egg on it wins really.) Also, my idea of a fancy pizza is anything with more than 2 toppings. Basically what I'm getting at is consider these restaurant reviews for the comman man/woman. Got it? Good, let's roll!!!

RESTAURANT- Omega Ouzeri

ADDRESS - 1529 14th Ave. (Cap Hill)

WEBSITE - http://www.omegaouzeri.com/

Up until the other night, Greek food consisted solely of kebabs, gyros, olives, feta cheese, and yogurt to me.  So please keep that in mind when reading this. In fact, consider this the beginner's guide to Greek cuisine that isn's served wrapped up in a pita and smothered in that cucumber yogurt tzaztzizkzzi sauce. Mmm cucumber yogurt tzaztziztzzi sauce. Let's see what was for dinner! 


FAVA SANTORINI- Fava, red onion, capers, lemon.  Two things about this one.

1- I couldn't eat this without asking if there was a nice chianti I could wash it down with.

2- Putting capers in any dish makes it 300% better.

3- I would eat this instead of hummus everytime if I had the option. 


PATATES- fried potatos, salt, oregano, lemon, feta. You guys, "patates" means "potato" in Greek. MIND BLOWN!!!

KEFTEDAKIA - grilled meatballs. ouzo tomato jam, lemon yogurt, parsley, red onion, sumac.  As someone who loves meatballs so much that Gnocchi Bar named theirs after me, I have SUPER high standards. I mean, I'm not just putting any old balls in my mouth, right? ....wait......Anyhoo, to be honest these were disappointing. Too dry. 


ARNI FOURNOU- Braised lamb shank: toasted orzo yiouvetsi, tomato, cinnamon, kalathaki feta.  Eating a big slab of meat straight off the bone makes me feel like a real man, you guys. Eating a big slab of meat straight off the bone thats covered in berries makes me feel like I'm being somewhat healthy.  No fork required on this one, and the rice at the bottom was good.  I will say, it was a bit tart for my taste though, but not bad.


ROASTED CAULIFLOWER- taramosalata, lemon. I mean, its cauliflower so you know its good.  The puree that came with it...exceptional! 

GRILLED OCTOPUS- potatoes, Local Roots chicories, goathorn chile vinaigrette.  So I'm a huge fan of octopus now.  Not sure when it happened, but here we are.  There is a fine line between cherred and "this tastes like the stuff you scrape off a grill after cooking out" and thankfully Omega Ouzeri nailed the cooking. Seattle's octopus game is actually really strong, and I'm happy to say this certainly holds its own.  A tad too salty to challenge Chop House for best octo in Seattle, however. 



OLIVE OIL CAKE- Olive oil cake? That sounds crazy!  But don't be afraid, you want the olive oil cake, you need the olive oil cake. Order the olive oil cake. 


Being a Greek food noob, its pretty hard to judge Omega Ouzeri because I have no real point of reference.  The dishes I've never had before (fava santorini) I thought were incredible, while the ones I had a reference point with (octopus) were good but not great.  Also to be extra critical, everything was just sliiiiiiiiiightly over seasoned to me.  But again, and I think this is important, maybe Greek food is supposed to be extra tangy/salty. I think the only thing I can do here is more research. The End should send me to eat my way around Mykonos immediately.  Its a tough job, but with your encouragement I know I can do it. HA! 


On a scale of 1-10 Opas, Omega Ouzeri gets a solid 6.5 Opas!

FINAL VERDICT- For now I'm sticking to gyros but Greek cuisine you have my attention thanks to Omega Ouzeri.