The Real Greek

BaklavaI don’t need the Danforth-and my apologies to Don at the Shish-Ka-Bob Hut in Peterborough, but I may have found the best Greek food and service right here in Ottawa!

I probably should have blogged about Theo’s Greek Taverna on Richmond Road when I first went there, because I have had nothing but excellent service and great food but on a recent visit there with the folks visiting from the Patch, they really went all out!

Its obvious that sister and brother team Penny Palermo (our favourite server) and Jerry Vamvakas have done a fabulous job. The place is always packed (I recommend a reservation on weekend nights) and I suspect over half of these folks are regulars. Watching people leave is also an experience, servers get hugs (and the odd kiss).

The atmosphere is warm and inviting, dark wood, beautiful murals, authentic music and candlelight add to an authentic Mediterranean feel.

I had been waiting to try the roast lamb which was rich and delicious, came in a generous portion served with a light gravy, it was a melt in your mouth experience. Rice, roast potatoes (Greek style) and green beans rounded out the meal. Mom ordered the same, and ended up packing up half to take home.

Others at the table ordered the Corfu Pork a wonderful pork tenderloin stuffed with spinach and feta and topped with a wine sauce, served with Greek salad and rice, and the chicken version.

We will forgive Adrian for ordering a pasta dish (Penny was very forgiving) in a Greek restaurant (something he has promised never to do again) however he said that “Spiros” a lovely mix of pasta, chicken, peppers and mushroom in a delicious tomato sauce was something he would order again (if he only could!).

We paired all of this with a bottle of  a lovely Chardonnay, N0.99 Wayne Gretzky Estates VQA with aromas of lemon zest and white peach, it was a perfect match.

We couldn’t leave it alone could we? Even though we couldn’t finish what we had in front of us we had to order dessert. My choice, Vanilla Kadaifi a shredded pastry with custard, which was layers of creamy deliciousness. Cait ordered the Galactobouriko, another greek dessert of custard in phyllo served warm with honey, this is the second time she has ordered this and taken a piece home (nuff said!). Others ordered, rice pudding, pecan pie and a speciality coffee and everyone pleased with their individual choice.

I have plans to return, soon and take friends, because it’s a friends kind of place. Thanks Penny for your knowledge, excellent service and making my out of town guests feel like they were regulars!

Dinner for five, dessert, wine, tax and tip was $215.00

Theo’s Greek Taverna, 911 Richmond Road, Ottawa, ON 613-728-0909

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4 responses »

  1. After a rather expensive Valentines Day dinner in the market.. I think that today I might just go and spend some more money at Theo’s.. This entry just reminded me of how delicious it is. I’m a sucker for good food…

  2. I’m one of the two Peterborough diners who went to Theo’s. Without going into any great detail, the food was excellent, the service outstanding, and we will definitly return.

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