Kingston Eats: The Greek Islands

Very nice restaurant with Greek décor at every corner 😛 .  Food is also good, although I found it too salty for my taste.  Price is a little bit more expensive than at Grecos.  There is more sitting area here because it is not located in downtown Kingston.  Sometimes you might be able to spot some 10% off coupon in the Kingston community newspaper.  If you have a large company and are looking for a decent Greek restaurant, I would highly recommend this place. Service is excellent here.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

1010 Pork Brizoles (The Greek Island)Pork Brizoles
Two Juicy chops char-boiled to perfection.  Brushed with extra virgin olive oil and lemon juice.

1010 Gyro Dinner (The Greek Island)Gyro Dinner
Homemade gyro marinated in white wine, seasoned with herbs and spices.
Special of the day: chicken and shrimp.

1010 Mousaka 1 (The Greek Island) 1010 Mousaka 2 (The Greek Island)Mousaka Fourno
Baked eggplant, zucchini, potato, ground meat casserole with a layer of bechamel sauce and oven baked.  Served in it’s own clay dish.

1010 Baklava (The Greek Island)Baklava
Phyllo dough layered with mixture of walnuts, almonds, cinnamon sugar and topped with honey syrup.

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The Greek Islands

331 Bath Road
(613) 544-7335

www.thegreekislandskingston.ca/

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Kingston Eats: Mino’s Take Out

A nice family restaurant with a take-out area and a restaurant section.  Food is good and reasonably priced.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $-$$

0411 Salad (Mino's Take Out)Salad

0411 Spanakopita (Mino's Take Out)Spanakopita

0411 ¼ pound baby back ribs (Mino's Take Out)1/4 pound baby back ribs
brushed with BBQ sauce

0411 Pork brizoles (Mino's Take Out)Pork brizoles
Tender grilled pork loin filets brushed with lemon, olive oil, oregano, and garlic

0411 Galactoboreko (Mino's Take Out)Galactoboreko
Honey & custard
I didn’t quite like this one.  The custard was overcooked and watery.

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Mino’s Take Out
340 Barrie Street, Kingston, ON K7K 3T1, Canada
+1 613-545-7770

http://www.minosonbarriestreet.com/

Kingston Eats: Grecos Grill & Wine Bar

I have been to Grecos for more than 5 times.  It delivers very solid and reliable Greek dishes.  They have the best lamb shank served in Kingston.  Huge portions for what you pay for, and food is very good.  I do like this restaurant although I do find the service a bit rude – waiters speak very fast and tables are often left unattended for quite a period of time.

My ratings: ❤❤❤❤
Price range: $$-$$$

0211 Taramosalata (Grecos)Taramosalata
A spread that is prepared with cod cavier, freshly squeezed lemon juice, vinegar and olive oil.
On the house with your bread and cracker basket at dinner time (not available at lunch).

0211 Spanakopita (Grecos)Spanakopita
Fine layers of phyllo with spinach & feta cheese
I was very pleased that it wasn’t salty as I find that to be a common problem with feta cheese.

1210 Dolmadakia (Grecos)Dolmadakia
Herbs with rice, wrapped in grape vine leaf with tzatziki

1210 Pork Souvlaki (Grecos)Pork Souvlaki
Cubes of marinated pork, skewered & broiled

0512 Mousaka (Grecos)Mousaka
Alternate layers of potato, sliced eggplant, ground beef, topped with cream sauce         

0211 Stuffed Trout (Grecos)Stuffed Trout
Stuffed with shrimp, crab meat and mushrooms

1210 Braised Lamb Shank (Grecos)Braised Lamb Shank
Special of the night, actually it always seem to be on the special menu but it’s not put on the regular menu.  Being slow braised for many hours, it is so tender that you don’t need a knife to pull apart the meat at all – it just falls apart.

0211 Milky way cake (Grecos)Milky way cake
Velvety smooth milk chocolate truffle and buttery smooth caramel are spread on each of the five layers of light milk chocolate sponge cake.  Coated with Belgian chocolate chips and a mixture of chocolate and caramel.

0512 Baklava (Grecos)Baklava
Paper thin layers of Phyllo pastry dough filled with cashews, almond pistachios are showered with butter and honey for a delicious Greek favourite.

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Grecos Grill & Wine Bar
167 Princess Street
Kingston, ON
(613) 542-2229

grecos.ca/

Chain Eats: Jimmy The Greek

Food is kept warm in a tray like most cafeterias (which also includes the meat, don’t expect they will slice the meat in front of you despite seeing a huge slab of meat on a vertical spit). It’s cheap and everything is quite fresh (although feels very processed and lack of flavour).  Staffs are always friendly and efficient.

My ratings: ❤❤
Price range: $

0711 Gyros Pita and Greek Salad (Jimmy the Greek)Gyros Pita and Greek salad
Pitas come with tomatoes, onions & tzatziki
Portion is quite generous, but too much sauce in everything.

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Jimmy The Greek
http://www.jimmythegreek.com/

Montréal Eats: Phaedra

Never go to Phaedra restaurant in Laval. They will serve you rotten lobster, unfresh fish, a french toast made of cheese faking to be Saganaki, and a server who never brought us water and tried to convince us that the rotting lobster was fresh from Casa Blanca and wanted to prove it with invoices and receipts. I wanted to ask him to eat it, but I thought it would prolong my time there.

My ratings:
Price range: $$-$$$


Psilokomeni salad
None of us could finish it.  It was literally swimming in half a bowl of olive oil.

Psarosoupa Avgolemono
It was very fishy, tasted like potato soup with frozen fish thrown in.

Saganaki
I’ve never seen a saganaki that’s not flambéed at your table in a Greek restaurant.  The cheese wasn’t even warm when served, and yet the waiter claimed they didn’t have the proper equipment to flambéed the cheese, so they flambéed it in the kitchen.

Dolmadakia
Feuilles de vigne farcies au riz & herbes
It was actually the best item served the whole night.  There was canned tuna mixed in the rice.


Mussels
Terrible.  It was fishy and it was overcooked.  The mussels were tough.  It was dry and there wasn’t any sauce.

Seafood dish
Lobster, grilled sardines, grilled shrimp, whiting fillets.

  • One of the lobster was overcooked (the meat was tough).  The other lobster was unfresh and you can see all the built-up mucus. 
  • The sardines were unfresh (plus there were so many bones).  The inerts were not removed yet.
  • The shrimps were tasteless. 
  • The whiting filets were also very fishy. 
  • It’s absolutely not worth for the price, these are all very cheap ingredients, there is no way it will be worth $78.  They’re not even fresh to start with.


Galactoboreko
It’s not well-made.  The custard was overcooked and was very grainy.

Walnut cake
Soaked in syrup, the texture was more like quickbread than a cake.

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Phaedra
15 Boulevard Samson
Laval, QC H7X 3S5, Canada
(450) 969-0009