Chula Vista, CA
To make the long drive to Hogetsu Bakery more worthwhile, Boyfriend and I tried out Zorbas Restaurant for lunch, a place I had stumbled upon awhile back.
Zorbas is a Greek restaurant that offers a buffet along with a regular menu. On certain nights, their buffet dinners are accompanied by belly dancing for your entertainment.
Boyfriend and I went during lunch on a Saturday afternoon. I thought there was a pretty nice selection of food. Neither Boyfriend or I have had much experience with Greek food. There was a selection of salads, cold dishes like tabouli and hommous, side dishes like grape leaves and beans, and main dishes like spanakopita, pastisio, mousaka, gyro. There was a dessert section and also two soups as well.
I was pleasantly surprised with the quality of food. I don’t know too much about Greek food, but I enjoyed most of the dishes and found them to be at the same quality as the sit-down Greek places I go to. The gyro meat was slightly on the dry side, so I wasn’t too big of a fan of that,but everything else I tasted was pretty good.
Here are some of the foods we tried:
On this plate is some rice pilaf, a mushroom salad, green beans, okra, pita bread, gyro, ground meat wrapped in grape leaves, and tabouli. I really enjoyed the vegetables on this plate. I liked the okra and the green beans and the ground meat wrapped in grape leaf.
Boyfriend enjoyed the chicken on this plate. He also got rice pilaf, potatoes, cauliflower, spanakopita, pita bread,gyro and the meat wrapped in grape leaves.
This plate had some more vegetables, pastisio and mousaka. Mousaka is like a lasanga, but layered with egg plant. The pastisio reminds me a lot like regular lasagna mixed with macaroni and cheese. There are layers of noodles, but it’s small noodles stuck together, and there is ground beef and some cheese on top. I really like pastisio and I liked the version at Zorbas.
Here’s another one of Boyfriend’s plates:
The soup choices were a lemon chicken soup and this fish soup.
I enjoyed the tomato broth and the large chunks of fish.
There were lots of different desserts. They all looked so pretty. I don’t know the names of most and I found them a bit too sweet for my tastes. My favorites were the eggroll-like dessert and the cookie with powdered sugar which reminded me of Russian Tea Cakes.
The servers were really friendly. This place is open almost all day long. Weekend lunch is about $10. It was a good experience and if we are in the neighborhood and craving some greek food, Boyfriend and I will be back.