New Restaurant Alert: Blu Kouzina

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Blu Kouzina debuted on St Armand’s Circle only two weeks ago but has already generated a loyal following. During my visit, one gentleman informs me this is his fifth time dining here since the restaurant’s opening. Blu Kouzina is run by husband and wife team Dennis and Effie Tsakiris. Dennis expedites the food and greets effusive guests as they wait in line to heap accolades on him, whilst Effie cooks in the open plan kitchen directing a bustling team. This is Greek cuisine done right and Dennis and Effie are committed to sourcing local, fresh seafood and produce of the highest quality. They don’t have a freezer or microwave on the property and the high quality ingredients are evident in the delectable food. The tzatziki is best I’ve tasted and Dennis says this is because they use fresh cucumbers and the best yogurt in the world. The olive oil on each table is imported from the family’s own Olive Grove Estate in Messinia, Greece. There are traditional dishes like Moussaka, homemade Baklava and lighter tapas-style dishes like the roasted red peppers stuffed with tangy, melty, spicy feta cheese or fresh grilled squid. The service is friendly and informative and the dining room and patio are beautifully decorated. Kudos to Blu Kouzina, my pick for best new restaurant in recent memory! 

Blu Kouzina, 25 N. Boulevard of the Presidents, Sarasota, 941-388-2619

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