Simply Greek - Berkeley
Walking by I noticed that Simply Greek has taken over the restaurant space at 2929 Shattuck that was most recently Rocky's, next to Taqueria La Familia and down the block from Emilia's Pizza.
I stopped in for lunch today. The space is much larger than the one on Piedmont, and the menu is the same (for now. I chatted with the owner and they have much more kitchen space here to add other dishes). Lamb souvlaki had an excellent marinade, and the fries were fresh and crisp. The main problem for them, I think, will be parking in that area.
Had dinner there tonight with a friend, needing something in the neighborood (we both live close by). We got the vegetarian combo appetizer, which is hummus, a small cup of tzatziki, three each falafel and domlathes, and pita. The felafel were freshly fried, greaseless and crisp outside, but while the flavor was good, the interior was a bit too mushy. Dolmathes were fine, but not special. Hummus fairly stiff, with a slightly rough (rather than creamy) texture. Don't know that I'll order this (or its components) again. Chicken and spinach sandwich (marinated chicken, sauteed spinach, feta, tomato, tzatziki) required lots of napkins but was satisfying and well flavored. The pita here is quite good. Total for the combo plate and two sandwiches with tax was $26.
I love Simply Greek tzatziki sold at Costco in a huge tub around $8. I bought it at Fremont & Mtn View stores.
Got some takeout last night (open until 9 Fridays and Saturdays). Lamb kebab was quite good though kind of a small portion for $9 (one skewer with I think six pieces). Mousaka was very good. Tzatziki was great. Spanakopita was kind of soggy. Salad and rice that came with the kebab and mousaka were good, fries were limp and greasy.
re: Robert Lauriston
I love the fries at the Piedmont Ave. Simply Greek cafe.
Always cooked to order and great in a proper British "chip" kinda way.
Hot,crispy yet moist on the inside and perfectly cooked.
For only $2 bucks.
Like most fries... they need to be eaten while still hot.
Even the fantastic fries at Wood Tavern become very average when they cool.