The area on Whyte Avenue in Edmonton between 108 and 109 Street is quickly becoming an interesting dining destination. Ousia, a Mediterranean inspired chic little joint joins a Vietnamese pho place, a Cuban café and a couple of Lebanese restaurants all in the span of one block. Ousia though, is the most chic of the bunch and although the word, Ousia, is Greek for essence, the menu is far from any other Greek menu you’ve probably seen.
First impressions were very good on entering Ousia: warm, dark, intimate and classy. The owners took their time and money on designing a very inviting spot.
The menu too was impressive – not for length, for simplicity. Sometimes less options are better. Cocktails are creative; the tamarind Margarita, although a bit sweet after a while was refreshingly different and delicious.
House made breads and a Turkish dip are placed on the table to nibble while deciding on what to have. A nice touch.
We started with the ouzo cured gravlax and the patatas bravas. If you’ve been to Spain, you’ll have seen and tasted your fair share of the latter and these at Ousia rival any I had in Spain. Hot, crispy on the outside, perfectly cooked and served with a sundried tomato puree and spicy chili aioli. You’ll be tempted to order a second helping.