We headed out for Greek dinner with some neighbourhood friends. We’d been to Santorini’s across the street and had heard good things about Calypso’s so we thought we’d try something new. The atmosphere is warm and cozy with booths and tables and a TV for those who can’t leave home without knowing what the score is. It was nice to see a list of decently priced wines – from $33 to $60, most were between $33 and $44 I think. We ordered a Malbec to share.
Jay and I ordered the saganaki cheese to start. We’ve had saganaki before, but never such a huge serving! Presentation was fun – the server brought it to the table, lit it on fire, yelled ‘Opa!’ and served it to us once the flames went out. It was a big chunk of cheese – crispy, gooey, tangy and strong. Served with freshly grilled pita bread it was a nice rich treat.
The mains were served with a choice of Greek salad or soup. I believe the soup was chicken and rice, with a bit of a lemony zing. Only one of us had the soup but he said it was really nice. I quite liked the salad – a simple and light standard Greek with a large chunk of feta resting on top. I took a photo, but for some reason it turned out blurry.
I ordered the lamb souvlaki. I’ve had souvlaki at so many restaurants over the years, it’s a good way to compare one restaurant to another. I ordered the lamb cooked medium – I have an issue with restaurants undercooking lamb. Honestly, it tastes a lot better when it’s cooked medium, and it’s way more tender. Anyways, the lamb was cooked perfectly – tender and tasty, I was quite impressed. The vegetables were good – lots of butter and oil in the veggies and potato though. The potato was perfectly flavoured as well, with that lemony zip that Greek potatoes should have. And, I wish I could make rice like that myself…
Jay ordered the rack of lamb, cooked medium rare. His lamb came out rare. Raw… He should have said something, but he ate it anyways. The rest of his dish was all the same as mine.
I shouldn’t have had dessert (I was full)… but I did. I ordered something that had filo pastry and custard. It was covered with icing sugar… I had to be careful because if I breathed in while I ate, all that powdered sugar went right to the back of my throat. It was piping hot, and although the server warned us, we both figured it out on our own pretty quickly. The dessert was good, but I wouldn’t say it was awesome. It was a huge serving for the price, that’s for sure – awesome for sharing.
Service was friendly. It took a while for our mains to come out, which was okay since we were spending time visiting with our friends. I was asked which was better – Calypso’s or Santorini. Honestly, I can’t say yet. Since both times I went to Santorini we had a multi-course meal where dishes kept coming out, I can’t really compare. I’ll have to return to both to try more things. Any excuse to eat more Greek food is a good excuse to me! Opa!