Introducing: One Kouzina

Hectorville’s newest addition, One Kouzina is built on the foundation of family. The partnership between Johnny Rahme, his wife Connie, and cousin Gina Saleh marries extensive hospitality experience with a contagious fervour for the new culinary venture.

 

 

Hectorville’s newest addition, One Kouzina is built on the foundation of family. The partnership between Johnny Rahme, his wife Connie, and cousin Gina Saleh marries extensive hospitality experience with a contagious fervour for the new culinary venture.

After working across an array of leading Adelaide establishments, Gina had taken a break from the industry when she was approached by her cousin. For Connie the decision was simple, “we knew the perfect person to go into partnership would be Gina, with her experience we were just so happy to learn from her,” she says.

One Kouzina’s underlying familial culture is reflected in its name, which “means one kitchen, it’s about sharing and one kitchen for all,” explains Connie.

This philosophy is interpreted literally, with the establishment’s kitchen situated at the centre of operations. Where most restaurant kitchens are bundled away with only the servery on show, One Kouzina’s is front and centre.

“We wanted everything to be clean and simple with nothing hidden,” explains Gina. “To be able to have the whole experience of walking in and seeing your food being freshly cooked”.

Far flung from conventional restaurant architecture, One Kouzina bucks the single communal dining room in favour of varying and intimate dining spaces. Across the five distinct dining areas the trio aimed to create a different ambiance in each space without compromising on space or comfort.

Naturally, the penchant sharing extends to a menu of mezze plates, chargrilled meats and seafood platters each designed to be enjoyed in company. “We all eat like that,” says Connie. “when we go out, we all share, when we’re at home, we share”.

At its core, the menu leans into traditional Greek fare with a distinctively modern twist. Her meat reigns supreme. Pork Ribs eschew the stereotype of a sinewy afterthought, instead pulling effortlessly from the bone and glazed with a sticky house-marinade.

The Lamb Souvlaki is equally impressive. “Whenever anyone comes in and they’re not sure what to get, that’s always what I recommend, it’s our signature dish,” says Connie.

Don’t go past the sides, especially “mum’s homemade garlic dip” and pita, but be sure to leave room for dessert. The loukoumades have fast become a local favourite, served piping hot with fresh strawberries and smatterings of Nutella.

It’s no surprise the response in the east has been nothing short of overwhelming.  “On Friday and Saturday nights we’ve had to turn people away, which has been hard because we want to have everyone here,” Gina says. “It’s been such a strong response that we just haven’t had the space.”

WHERE: 30 Glynburn Road, Hectorville
WHEN: Wednesday – Sunday: 17.30 – late
COME HERE FOR: Sprawling platters of traditional Greek fare with a distinctive twist
EXPECT TO SPEND: $-$$
OF NOTE: Live music on Saturdays in the rear courtyard.

one-kouzina.business.site | @onekouzina

Photography by Ben Neale

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