The Greek Corner
For the past several months, I've been driving by this place wondering if I should stop in for a bite or not. After all, when it comes to flavors of the Mediterranean (Greek) persuasion, there aren't very many restaurants to choose from here in Honolulu. So a couple of weeks ago, I decided that I would indeed stop in and have some lunch at the Greek Corner.
As I opened the door to enter the restaurant, I was confronted by a blast of cool air and a mostly empty dining room.
After being seated at a table near the window, I looked over the menu, made my selections and waited for the food to arrive at the table. By the time the waiter brought my food out, the restaurant was half full.
First to be delivered were the Greek fries with garlic mayo sauce (US$2.75).
Thick cut potatoes were deep fried until golden brown and served with some creamy garlic mayo. Served unsalted, the potatoes were crispy outside and tender inside. Dipping the fries into the garlic mayo gave the potatoes a slightly sweet, and somewhat savory flavor.
Shortly after the fries arrived, the beef and lamb gyro (US$5.95) was delivered.
Well-seasoned, tender and juicy slices of rotisserie cooked beef and lamb were stuffed inside a warm, fluffy pita. The gyro was then filled with lettuce, onions and tomatoes and topped with some tzaziki (cucumber-yogurt) sauce. This gyro was tasty and definitely something that I would have again.
On another occasion a week later, I decided to stop by again. On that second visit, I decided to start with the spanakopita (spinach pie, US$2.95).
Philo dough is layered with spinach and feta cheese before being baked until crunchy and golden brown. Usually this dish is served without any toppings. Here, at the Greek Corner, they serve it with lots of yogurt sauce spooned on top. After taking the first bite, I discovered why. The inside of the pastry was dry and the spinach, well, we won't even go into that.
I also decided to have the chicken gyro with side Greek salad (US$7.95; gyro only, US$5.95; add $2.00 for side Greek salad or Greek fries).
Here's a better look at the chicken gyro.
Chunks of dark and white meat chicken were marinated with various spices before being baked and stuffed into a warm pita filled with lettuce, tomatoes and onions. It was then topped with some garlic mayo before being served. Taking the first bite, I tasted something spicy. When I looked into the gyro, I discovered red pepper flakes. Now this would have been perfect if the chicken hadn't been a bit dry and over cooked.
The food here at The Greek Corner is a great bargain, especially when you consider the prices that are charged elsewhere. The food here is tasty, but unevenly prepared -- one day it's pretty good and the next it's bordering on mediocre. The service here was great. The waitstaff was helpful and the food was served up quickly. If they can be more consistent with the food, I think this could eventually be a winner.
The Greek Corner
1025 University Avenue