Last month, the boyfriend and I decided to go for a Greek date night. We had been craving Greek food for a month probably, but never got the chance to go. That was a pretty good week, as we also had a really good night at Cactus Club Cafe and he actually ended up writing a guest post on my blog about the evening! We had talked about him writing a guest post for Cristos as well, but he didn’t want to write so much on a blog that was supposed to be mine (Although I didn’t mind, I do quite like his super detailed reviews haha) and then I ended up forgetting about doing a review for Cristos altogether. Oops!
North Burnaby’s main street is dominated by restaurants. Restaurants side by side, across from each other- it is pretty much impossible to go hungry when you’re in this neighbourhood and if you have your wallet. I often wonder how so many restaurants can stay in business and compete with each other, but I guess us Vancouverites really love our restaurants. Cristos Taverna has been around for quite awhile now. I came here for a birthday dinner back in Grade 9, and even then, I thought it was quite old. For good reasons too, we had quite the lovely experience at Cristos Taverna and after coming here, it has landed a spot on one of my favourite Greek restaurants.
Our server that day was phenomenal and heart warming. Right when we walked in, we were greeted with a smile and friendly conversation, and he told us that he would give us the best seat in the house that day. He also pulled our chairs back for us when we sat down, and shortly came back afterwards to light up our candles for “more romance.” The way that we were treated felt like we were at a very high class, fancy fine dining restaurant reserved for the most highest classes of society instead of a neighbourhood Greek restaurant.
So far, the service and atmosphere was great. I ordered the chicken souvlaki plate, which came with rice, potatoes, greek salad, tzatziki sauce, and pita bread. Everything on my plate was absolutely delicious, and I found myself savouring every bite. The pita bread was lightly toasted, and very soft inside. I dipped this into the tzatziki sauce, which was very refreshing and cool. The greek salad was very fresh, with crunchy veggies sprinkled with feta cheese and tossed in olive oil. The roasted potato was bursting with flavour and didn’t have that really starchy, dry texture to it. The chicken was bursting with flavour, and grilled really well. Overall, everything was just cooked perfectly and my Greek craving was definitely satisfied. Also, please note the “romantic candles” that our server had lit up for us, haha!
The boyfriend ordered the calamari entree, and loved every bite of it was well. Normally, I would try a bit of his food but I was too busy eating and loving mine that I didn’t feel like trying it. He loved how the calamari was seasoned, and said that it was crispy and light on the outside. I do apologize for the dim lighting though, the restaurant had pretty dim lighting so we tried to use the candle to the best of our ability.
At the end of our meal, our amazing server came back and talked to us for awhile. He told us that we should come back in the Fall (we went early September) since they were bringing back live music. He promised us that he would reserve the same table again for us if we called. As if this wasn’t enough, he ended up giving us a business card and wrote his name down, along with the information for the live music nights. From the way that he connected with us, I thought he was the owner trying to make a good impression for his restaurant. Turns out, he was just one of the staff members and did not own the restaurant.
Needless to say, we were very impressed by his service and how great the food was. I promise that I wasn’t bias in this review, and I separated the service from the quality and taste of food. We ended up paying $40 for our meal that night, but my boyfriend gave him a big tip so it was probably closer to $50. Highly recommend coming here for a casual date night but if you want the experience of being treated like royalty. I hope that the rest of the servers are as welcoming and nice as he was!
PS. Two weeks afterwards, we decided to try another Greek restaurant four blocks down, Sfinaki. Disappointingly, it really did not compare to our experience here at all, food and service wise. Keep your eyes posted for what we liked and didn’t like about that place!