We were meeting another couple in Burnaby for dinner a while ago, and had all decided on eating Greek food. Consulting both trusty Urbanspoon and Yelp to see which Greek restaurants were located in the Burnaby area, we decided on Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna. The restaurant appeared to have respectable reviews, having won “Best Greek In Burnaby” ten years in a row!
The four of us pulled up to a very Mediterranean looking abode on Kingsway, and first saw a garden of lovely palm trees. Upon entering, we felt like we had just stepped inside our Greek best friend’s home – complete with lots of hanging plants, artwork on the walls and knickknacks everywhere. It is a very large and spacious restaurant, with different partitioned rooms and seating options. Since it was evening hours, lighting was dim and romantic, and they provided candlelight on each table, to ensure a calming and relaxing environment.
Our friends ordered lamb (sorry forgot to snap pics, but they were plated exactly as the above photos). I ordered their Chicken Souvlaki Dinner ($16.95) – Grilled chicken skewers, served with Greek salad, rice, roast potatoes, vegetables and tzatziki. The green beans were slightly overcooked, but were nicely seasoned. My chicken was grilled well, but still remained moist and juicy on the inside. Potatoes had a hint of bight lemony flavour (comparable to the potatoes at Olympia). Tzatziki was thick and rich, and was a huge dollop on the side of our plates. However, similar to Olympia, I would have liked more olives on my Greek salad 😉
Gary opted for their Kalamari Dinner ($15.95) – Deep fried squid served with Greek salad, rice pilaf, roast potatoes, vegetables and tzatziki. This was a gigantic portion of calamari! And it was actually really quite tender. The rice pilaf was decent, although it seemed like it had been cooked well before being served. Fresh tomatoes, onions, and cucumber made up the flavourful Greek salad, topped with creamy and salty feta. Also, pita bread was served warm and fresh.
Service was pleasant and attentive, and the owner is always around to make sure people are enjoying themselves. Prices at Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna are a tad expensive, but that seems to be the case with most Greek restaurants on the lower mainland. (The only exception I can think of is the famous Stepho’s in Vancouver’s West End). On the upside, entree portions at Vassilis are very generous, so it would be impossible to leave still hungry.
If you’re craving Greek in Burnaby, this classic souvlaki restaurant is a good bet. Have you been to Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna? What’s your favourite Greek restaurant in Burnaby?