The wind might not be quite blustery enough to blow you straight to Athens, but it can send you scurrying somewhere just as good — our very own Ousia. This intimate eatery takes the flavours of the Mediterranean, tosses in twists and turns galore, and transports them right here to Whyte Avenue.
Fried cheese has got to be the ultimate Greek comfort food, but who knew there was a way to make it even better? Well, Ousia takes feta cheese, wraps it in sheets of flaky phyllo pastry and then fries the whole lovely little package. The result: Feta Phyllo Parcels that are all golden and crispy on the outside and warm and oozy on the inside. A drizzle of honey finishes them off and makes them positively lick-your-fingers worthy.
HOT TIP: Every Sunday evening Ousia serves up a four- or five-course family-style dinner that’s meant to be shared. The set menu changes every week, so call ahead to see what the chefs are working on, or simply pop in for a delicious surprise.
You could just eat plate after plate of those amazing little bundles. But if you did that, you’d miss out on what owner Matthew Lakis likes to call Ousia’s “shwarma in a bowl.” House made Sheftalia sausage, spiced chickpeas, prunes, and pickled beets mingle with an intriguing caramel tahini sauce to provide all the sweet, salty, sour and spicy tones you know and love in a shwarma (and the drip factor is much more manageable)!
10846-82 Ave., 780-761-1910, Wed – Sun 4 pm – 11 pm
— Jan Hostyn
NOTE: Where Edmonton would like to apologize to Ousia for spelling the restaurant name incorrectly in our January/February printed issue. It is now correct in this post, and in the online version.