This place is tasty! Paros Souvla is in the NW – Royal Oak. It’s pretty easy to access off Stoney Trail, but if you don’t live up in the NW it would be a bit of a trek.
L came in from out of town for a visit, so the supper club went out for dinner again. L picked this restaurant because it had really good reviews, although it’s more of a take-out/fast-food kind of place. There were a number of tables – enough that we easily found a table for the three of us to sit down to eat and visit for a while.
In traditional fast-food form, you stand in line, figure out what items you want to order from the giant chalkboard at the till, place your order and pay, and go find a seat. If you were getting takeout, you could hunker down on a bar stool near the kitchen and watch them cook your food as you wait. We each ordered our main and an appetizer to share, and the cashier brought the food out to us as it was ready. We ended up with so much food and we were all totally stuffed!
For appies we ordered:
The calamari were great – lightly battered, seasoned well, and their tzatziki is really tasty. The fried zucchini was disappointing. The slices were too thin so the majority of the taste/texture in my mouth came from the coating that they use… in short, it was too pasty. Although the zucchini were fried nicely and I was impressed at the thin slices and crisp texture, I wouldn’t order these again. If they turned them into sticks they’d probably be okay. The saganaki cheese with pita was of course awesome (who doesn’t love fried cheese!?)… but you have to eat it quickly or the cheese starts to harden.
For mains, the three of us got plates. L got the roast lamb, I got the chicken souvlaki skewer for $12.50 (main photo above) and C got a vegetarian platter (she had to sub a protein for salad, so I’m not actually sure how much she paid). I would highly recommend they add a vegetarian option to the menu as it was a bit confusing for C to try to communicate with the cashier that she didn’t want meat and to figure out what/how to sub for it.
Service was just OK… It felt like the cashier was either new or not trained well in the world of customer service. She was slow at taking our orders and when she served us, as an example, she said to C – and this must be your plate – and then proceeded to place the dish on the other side of the table across from C. It was a bit awkward. I know it’s set up like a fast food joint, but customer service still needs to be paramount.
The food was awesome (minus the zucchini). I’d say you get great bang for your buck here for the plates. Next time I have to come over to this next of the woods (gotta love a trip to Home Outfitters!) I will plan it around lunch or supper, just to come in and try something else. Oh, and be prepared for garlic breath… 🙂