Had to find a lunch place in Winnipeg in May. Were at a vet clinic in the area and had to wait for results of some tests for our cat. The vet suggested "...a great Greek restaurant across the street...".We went in search of this restaurant and almost missed it since we had not asked for the name and while looking were eyeing names for a Greek flavour. We finally saw the window signs and one said Greek food.
We were met by the waitress who was pleasant and efficient. We checked out the menu and found it to be varied, with a large number of Greek items on it. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, it includes soups, appetizers, salads, omelettes, hot sandwiches, sandwiches, fresh made burgers, pasta, Greek dishes, entrees, seafood, desserts and a variety of beverages.
I had a desire for Greek salad to see how tasty it might be there. Greek restaurant we had been told. My husband ordered a gyros. We ordered coffee as a beverage. Neither of us were to be disappointed in the choice of Greek!
The waitress brought our coffee right away and the wait was not too long but ling enough to know that our food was not prepared, was being made while we waited. My salad came at the same time as my husband's gyros. The salad was large and colourful, looked and smelled oh so fresh! I asked is the dressing included on the salad? I asked because it seemed as though there was none but the waitress assured me it was already on it "as Greek salads are supposed to have the dressing on it not be added after the salad is on a plate". The gyros my husband had ordered was HUGE! He had ordered fries along with his.
I took the first forkful of my salad and was in heaven! It tasted absolutely fabulous. The flavour was so what I wanted to taste, truly that Greek dressing taste a good Greek salad should have. The pieces where chunky but not so big as to be unmanageable. The salad had real Kalamata olives in it and what is a Greek salad with anything else? A large slice of thick garlic toast, cut into two slices was included with my order. The smell of the garlic on that toast was delightful. Together this combo was superb. The salad was fresh throughout and crisp and tasty.
My husband meanwhile was manfully going at his gyro. He left his fries for after once he saw the size of his gyro! Full of savoury meat, tomatoes and onions, wrapped in a pita bread which looked and tasted so fresh, my husband wondered if the pita was actually baked there, and topped with a flavourful but not spicy tzatziki sauce, the gyro would definitely have ended up being a "take-out" for me had I ordered it. It took my husband almost 40 minutes to eat the entire thing, after which he started in his fries. He is not a slouch when it comes to being able to eat a lot of something that tastes great, but he could not finish his fries. He mentioned to me that he found the taste of the fries to be excellent, they were crisp and tasty and obviously deep fried in fresh oil as they were a nice even golden colour. We didn't ask if they were made there but wouldn't surprise us.
We were in this restaurant around 3 in the afternoon and it was relatively quiet. It is not like that during breakfast or lunch times proper we were told. So we were fortunate in that we had good attention on the part of the waitress. She returned to ask how we were enjoying our meal as well as a couple of times to see if we wanted a refill on our coffee.
The prices are reasonable in my opinion, when one sees the ingredients that are used in the meals. For the two of us the cost came to $ 30.46 tax included. With the tip we paid just under $ 35.00.
I would certainly recommend this restaurant as a great place to eat! If you really want some great Greek food then this is a very authentic place from what we had. Others we met have told us that they have had some of the entrees and are just as satisfied with the Greek authenticity as we were. The staff is friendly, the place is clean and not fancy but comfortable. As we were leaving I asked if they have a "take-out" menu and the waitress cheerfully gave me a copy.
I titled this "Gave me a hankering..." and the reason for that is that having lunch at this place, enjoying my Greek salad there so much, upon our return home, I had my husband pick up all of what I needed to make Greek salad myself. That hankering has been satisfied mostly, for the whole week after, by making my own. I must say, that although my Geek salad is not as good as the one I had at this restaurant, it not at all bad.
We will go back to this place when we are in Winnipeg again, especially when we are at the vet clinic that we were at that day. It is not in the mainstream of Winnipeg so to go there one has to go that little bit farther or have a reason to be in that area of the city. Well worth a wee side trip or round about from the main path.
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