New Westminster BC- Best kept secret is out for this city and it is Taverna Greka on the Waterfront, this is on Columbia Street in the heart of New Westminster, just a few steps away from Columbia Sky train. No body does better than the owner Eleni Efstathiadis and her staff, Authentic and modern Greek are the truly the flavor at this Greek restaurant, Since Eleni took over the restaurant about 20 years ago and in the past 3 years they did a major renovation to the place, from outside it looks like a restaurant but you have to step in to find what this place has to offer, the ambience, the set up the murals, plus the bonus is the water view.
As soon as I stepped in I was escorted to the whole restaurant for a tour and was seated the best seat in the house with the water view, the view itself will blow your breath away, I sat for a while and glazed as far as my eyes can see, instead of looking at the menu to see what I would like to eat, my eyes were peeled on the view, it completely took me into another planet, with just boats racing around the open water to give their competition a ran for their money. This is a family ran business, when you know it you know you will get superb service, food and company, all of these three came together without a hitch. One of the waitress guided me to try wine list with the food I was even thinking of getting, I was torn between the roast lamb and the spinach wrapped in the sole slightly breaded and topped with a lemon sauce, served with rice pilaf, roast potatoes and Greek salad, with tzatziki and Pita bread, with white wine, the hostess got me roast lamb on the side just to try. The road lamb slow roasted in the oven, cooked to perfection, this is melt in your mouth dish and this is the customer favorite. I ate as much as I would and nothing left over to bag it to home. The tzatziki is one of the best I have ever tried, it has a touch of fresh garlic with Greek yogurt, it’s a proven fact that garlic is a magic spice, added into your meal will overcome any health conditions, well if you can’t eat garlic raw, this is the perfect way of eating your garlic without even knowing it is there their tzatziki is the best., everything washed down with a glass of house special wine.
Appetizers range from $4:50 to $12:00, this includes soups. salads, spreads, they also have appetizers platters for two ranging from $20 to $23:00, Lunch entrees, ranges from $9 to $11:50, most of the stuff on the lunch menu is same as on dinner menu, burgers and wraps as well as Pastas. Food is exceptionally great and service is out of this world, I noticed its all women, who were servers, bartender and they even told me that the chefs in the kitchen are mostly women as well. You definitely feel the women power in this place.
Eleni Efstathiadis wasn’t there, but her daughter told me that “They did a major renovation to the place and added a private party room with a separate bar and terrace area. Actually the whole restaurant went though the major renovation” she added with 4 huge TV screen with a modern fireplace, TV screens were showing the NHL play off games, its great time to eat with company as well as watch your favorite team play.
“We have made it our objective to create a gourmet menu with the best of quality and freshness at affordable prices, we have seating for up to 200 people” she added.
When asked what are the most popular dishes in the restaurant, she replied” Of course our roast lamb is customers favorite, show roasted in the oven cooked to perfection, as well as the Souvlaki, this comes with tender marinated lamb with Greek salad, rice pilaf, roasted potato, and tzatziki and pita bread”
They have a separate room for private parties for up to 50 people and they have belly dancing on every Friday and Saturday nights and every Tuesday they have live music.
Located at 326 Columbia Street in New Westminster, call for reservation at 604-526-6651 or visit their website at www.taverna.ca. fully licensed open for lunch and dinner 7 days a week. If you like us to review your eatery please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org