Nu Agean Cusina is a modern greek restaurant serving up classic greek dishes with a modern twist. Nu offers happy hour specials in the bar and a weekend brunch menu.
Went there with my brother on the weekend with his Groupon. I was surprised to find such a prime location with 2hr free parking, very impressive! LOL! It's right by False Creek, straight across from Granville Island. It was a sunny warm day when we went, so we decided to get a table on their patio, and the view was unbeatable!
Service-wise...although we were seated promptly, our server didn't approach us for about 10 mins after we were seated to bring us our menu. Even then, there was no water, no cutlery. Our server finally brought us our water 10 minutes after taking our order. We felt like they were ignoring us just because we were using a Groupon. They brought us our water in 2 mismatch water glasses, and while the other diners had the stemmy water glasses, the ones they brought us were the smaller juice glasses. And because we waited so long for our water, and with the smaller glasses, we finished our water in a few sips. We had to wait a long while, time and time again, for our water glasses to be refilled again.
Anyway, because my brother only managed to get 1 Groupon before they were sold out, I ordered the shaved lamb benny from their regular menu while my brother had the set lunch. My brother's appy came, and he said they were nothing special. I tried some of my brother's tuna tartare, and it wasn't anything extraordinary. When our server first brought us our entrees, they got the tables mixed up and brought us the entrees from the table behind us. And they forgot to bring my brother another fork after taking it away with the appy plate.
Our entrees came soon after, and they smelled real good! The entree for the set lunch was a roast oregano chicken with an orzo stuffed green bell pepper. It was nicely seasoned, and the chicken wasn't too dry, but it tasted like chicken souvlaki, nothing too extraordinary. I ordered the shaved lamb benny. The eggs were perfectly poached, the yolks were at the perfect consistency. The potatoes were good too, but could use some pepper. The shaved lamb was very flavourful, a tad too salty for my taste, but my brother said they were just perfect for him. All in all, we were happy diners at this point.
We were very disappointed at the lack of service at this kind of restaurant. However, the redeeming factor in service came when our server brought us both a dessert despite the fact that I didn't have a Groupon. It was the chocolate cake with chocolate mousse on top with a macaroon and garnished with a delicious caramel sauce. It was to die for!!!
Despite the mediocre service, the view and the food (and certainly the complimentary dessert) definitely made up for it. We will be back to try the other items on their menu.
I went here last night with 3 girlfriends . . wha a fabulous place!!
As a starter, complimentary Hummus and it was delicious!!! More than enough for the four of us!
I had the Chickpea Fritters and salad as an appetizer. It was so flavourful, not overpowering but soo delicious!! Two ladies had the Keftekes - DELICIOUS and the other friend had the soup - delicious and quite filling. Large portions too.
I had the Lamb Stifados and again, very flavourful . . . absolutely DELICIOUS!! It was too large so ended taking half of it home. My friends all had the Tuna. YUMMY!
There were only two choices for dessert. The other three ladies had the Creme Brulee and I had the baclava. Since I was so FULL, i only had one piece of the dessert, and gave the other two pieces away. I tried the brulee and it was absolutley DELICIOUS.
I cannot say enough about this restaurant. The ambience was wonderful (except for the TV on at the bar!), the service was top notch, and the food . . . incredible.
I highly recommend this restaurant. $28 for the three course meal, unbelievable value. I looked at the regular menu . . . lots of interesting dishes so I can't wait to go back and try some of them!!!
Went to Nu to use a Groupon and it has become a lot more casual than what it used to be. It used to be the type of place where when the dishes were delivered, the server would introduce each plate and they crumbed the table between courses. Food was good, service was fine, ambience ok.
Zucchini Chickpea Balls $8.50- we ordered this because it was something different, it was really good! Crisp eggplant chips and I think it had 6 chickpeas balls.
Georgia's Potatoes $6 - not very interesting.
Stuffed Peppers & Tomatos $18 - See photo. Really good! I ate the tomato and 1 of the peppers, had the other pepper for lunch the nex day.
Albacore Tuna $22 - See photo. Also really good.
In the past this restaurant was terrific for brunch. When they changed their menu over sometime in the past year or so the quality suffered but it was still a pretty decent choice for weekend brunch in Yaletown. Unfortunately quality (and service) has now slipped further and I'm not sure it's worth visiting this restaurant again. I went today for brunch and ended up waiting just over one hour for a cold (and pretty greasy) omelette. The staff was very nice and offered to take it back but after over an hour I didn't want to wait any longer to eat. The portion was also noticeably smaller (I would describe it as a small breakfast).
When a restaurant serves foods with cold and plastic flavor, and charging like top level restaurant, it is just morally wrong. Waiters are unmotivated and I am not surprised if it is because they receive negative comments from customers all the time. It is just wrong here...Only the view is fantastic, you may come here to pay for the view, not for the foods.
We had a late lunch using a Groupon for a 4 course dégustation ("4 Course Aegean Summer Menu"). The courses were a "salad shooter", tuna tartare, chicken, and a chocolate cake which they referred to as "angel food". The restaurant was quite busy (Friday, 2:30pm) but we observed most of the other diners were utilizing their Groupons too, as the offer ends in two days.
OK course by course:The "salad" may have "shot", but it didn't "hit". Lettuce juice, diced cucumber & tomato and a touch of feta served in a shot glass. In a word, bland. As I write (Sep 2, 2011), it is the peak of tomato season so really there's no excuse for a mediocre tomato. Yet - truly insipid here. Shame and while I'm not a conspiracy theory, I have to think "what a great use of trim from other food, too bad it wasn't enjoyable".
Second was the tuna tartare. I kind of liked this, but ahi is not particularly flavorful, and, alas, neither was the avgolemono sauce, which while of perfect consistency, was also lacking any real flavor, particularly the lemon which would have complemented the tuna nicely.
Chicken: this course was a chicken thigh, heavily marinated, served with orzo pasta in a green pepper. Finally... flavor! But... too much. Maybe it was that our tastebuds had gone to sleep and the chicken marinade was a rude awakening. It just wasn't balanced -- neither with the other courses, nor the other components of the dish. I would complement the sauce accompanying the orzo: "tomatoey" with a hint of sweetness. At the risk of being too hard on the dish (or is it already too late?) the pepper itself was on the crunchy side. That's a fine way to serve a pepper -- but not a baked pepper dish. Also picking nits, my wife's pepper had one collapsed wall with the goodies spilling out. "Who cares?" you might ask. If I did that while in culinary school, I'd have gotten the culinary equivalent of a nun's ruler across my knuckles. Plate need to be consistent in a Fine Dining restaurant. My wife's chicken also had a couple of blobs of fat; understandable from thigh meat but unpleasant to encounter.
Dessert: I liked it. It was a small piece of relatively ordinary chocolate cake (hard to imagine it actually being angel food, as it was fairly dense), with a lovely mousse topping and a small cookie along side. The cookie was supposed to be almond... could have fooled us.
Service: with the exception of the initial greeting and sit-down, service was pleasant and punctual. Almost to a fault. We may simply have gotten a particularly ebullient server, or perhaps she was just a little too "cheery" ("Oh, excellent!", "Fantastic!"). Smarmy. Regardless, she did a fine job; sometimes two personalities just don't hit it off.
Ambiance: the restaurant is attractive enough (that is "damning with faint praise") but the marble tables are chipped, an inlay on the floor once painted was in need of repair. Orange globe lights overhead shouted "The 70s are over! Please change me!"
Conclusion: unlike nearby (and affiliated) Restaurant C, our Groupon introduction to "Nu" won't bring us back. We got what we paid for, more or less -- a four course lunch for $15. Had I paid the regular price of $29 I'd have been highly disappointed.
Went to Nu to preview the Dine out menu. Was very happily surprised. Expected the food and service to be good but was blown away by our experience. Rob Clarke cooked that night!! Our choices of appies were great, but totally unexpected were the large portions! I could feed teenagers on this. My choice of main - seared tuna was incredible. I don't know if I've ever had tuna that good before. I suspect not. Plus their markups on wine is more reasonable than many other places. I'm begging to go again!
My husband and I took our out of town guests dining here and was quite astonished at the service and menu! We took at look at their website before making reservations and the menu looked stunning, so we were quite surprised to find a tapas menu on the table with only a few selections when we were seated. We asked the maitre'd if this was the entire menu only to be responded to with a "your server will explain how it works". After waiting 45 minutes for the server to take our drinks and serve them and one and half hours to have the small portions served to us, we then had to track the server once again for the bill which was quite high for the four small apetizers we purchased from the sad tapas menu. It's a great location and I believe this is the fourth restaurant to open at this location, maybe someone will get it right someday. But Nu was nothing new for us to go back to.
We and another couple went to check out the new menu at Nu and were looking forward to finding a great 'go to' neighbourhood in the neighbourhood. We're still looking.
Food - Greek, good but no special.
Service - Waited to be greeted at the door, waited for our server, waited for our drinks, waited for our food, one order was incorrect, waited to have our drinks topped up, waited for table to be cleared and waited for bill.
Value - It's not fast Greek food like you'd find at Opa but the pricing should be closer to Opa pricing. Considering what we paid I felt it was not good value.
Ambiance - Needs a facelift. Uncomfortable wooden chairs, small tables, art deco bar stools, flooring that made me wonder if I was at the Hotel Vancouver. Very mixed decor - no idea what the look they're going after.
If I owned this restaurant and more importantly the location I'd make much better use of it.
They should have waited to announce the launch until they had things figured out.
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