This has been a quality Greek restaurant for as long as I have been making annual trips to Vancouver. Last night, however, as we entered it sported a new name and new look. The first difference noticed was the number of patrons. At 6:00 pm when we arrived it was busy; by 7:00 pm it was "full". Previously, it did a fair to good business, but was never "full" when we visited.
Food continued to be well-known Greek dishes - dips, tasty apps, lamb, fish, etc. - in generous quantities. We started with the garlic and the roe dips, served with pita bread. I seem to remember the dips being better at the previous restaurant with stronger tastes - more garlic and more roe. Here they may have been toned down for non-Greek tastes. The pita was the best I have ever eaten - served hot with an olive-oil glaze.
My wife had the lamb shank, well cooked, tasty, and tender. It is served over rice with standard Greek sides of veggies, potato and salad. She thought it was great. I had a special of halibut stuffed with a spinach based stuffing, served with roasted Brussels sprouts, potato, rice, and salad. Also a great choice.
The servers were very good, and multiple servers checked back and gave assistance, unlike other restaurants where you had to find "your server" for an assistance. The new Salonki Taverna is definitely a success, worthy of recommendation.
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