To Koutouki, Chester
Well Mrs Platinum Al and I deserved a night out, so we packed off the little ‘un to Grandma and Grandpa and headed off to Chester. A table was booked at a new restaurant in town called To Koutouki, and we were both very excited to try it out.
After years of proclaiming that Chester really needed a Greek restaurant, I was delighted to see, whilst on a recent shopping trip, that the miracle had happened. Sat at the end of Foregate Street, out of the blue, was To Koutouki – obviously a Greek Taverna, the blue chairs resting outside gave it away.
On entering, we were shown to our table upstairs, where the Greek style decor added a real holiday ambience. Think blue chairs, Greek music and photos of the islands and you’re on you’re way…
We were given some very nice mixed olives and some iced water to begin with. Drinks were a fairly easy choice for us – the ever reliable Kourtaki retsina and a bottle of Mythos for me!
Service was friendly and very quick, it wasn’t long before our starters arrived. My good lady ordered saganaki – a fried cheese. I had a try and it was exquisite! My own starter was white bait, or maridaki, which was also excellent – a real Mediterranean style dish that reminded me of warmer climes! Though small, I chickened out of eating the whole of the fish at first – leaving the heads on the plate. The waiter advised me to gulp the lot down – which I did! No problem at all, give it a go!
The main courses were very soon with us, and we were in for a treat. My lovely companion had chosen kotopoulo kokkinisto, a delicious chicken caserole which was served with rice. I was allowed to have a try, and it was very, very good indeed. I’ve never had this meal before, and would definitely order it on a return visit.
For my own main, I chose one of my favourite dishes- pastitsio. This is a baked pasta dish, with beef mincemeat and bechamel sauce, served like a slice of lasagne, but less sloppy. I’ve had pastitsio in Greece, and the To Koutouki version was simply excellent. Cooked perfectly, I was very impressed as pastitsio isn’t always readily available when we visit our favourite tavernas in Parga, let alone Chester!
Finally, to finish off we chose some desserts. Mrs Platinum Al had portokalopita – a yoghurt cake with orange syrup (had a cheeky try, very nice). I ordered the classic baklava, with a little ice cream, which was fantastic. We both had a Metaxa brandy to bring things to a close.
To Koutouki was a great experience, excellent food and great service made a memorable meal and we can’t wait to visit again. This little taverna has managed to create an authentic Greek feel and welcome, with delicious food that demands a return visit. Highly recommended!
Food Quest Test
- Food: Extensive menu of traditional Greek favourites, expertly created and delicious too!
- Drink: All the classics are on offer
- Service: Excellent and friendly
- Cost: Very reasonable for Chester City Centre!
Greek Taverna “To Koutouki”, 112 Foregate Street, Chester CH1 1HB
The To Koutouki website is here.
The To Koutouki Facebook page is here.