Vassilis Souvlaki Greek Taverna
As I’ve mentioned before, I’ve worked in the South Burnaby area for about 6-7 years now but haven’t really gotten around to trying a lot of the restaurants in the neighbourhood. When I read Eating in Vancouver’s post of Vassilis Souvlaki a few months ago, I knew right away which restaurant they were talking about as I’ve driven by it many times.
Well, fast forward three months and we’ve finally got some sunny weather going on in Burnaby and I finally got the chance to try out Vassilis. The first thing that you notice when you approach Vassilis is the cherry red Ferrari convertible parked at the entrance (guess business must be going pretty good for them). The next thing you notice upon walking through the patio is the classic white stucco walls and the lush flowers adorning the exterior. With the bright summer sun shining down, you almost forget all the rain we’ve had lately and feel like you’re on vacation on a Greek island.
The interior of Vassilis is just as impressive. While the restaurant is fairly large, the layout of the tables and the hanging flowers, plants and artwork makes it look like it would be perfect for an intimate dinner. Although I was here for takeout today, I would definately come back just to experience the atmosphere at dinner. There are some nice pictures of the interior on The Friday Lunch and Chow Times blog.
Anyhoo, back to the reason for the post… the food! We went with the Greek Authentic Dinner for 2. At $49.95, it’s a bit on the expensive side (like most Greek restaurants) but the portion size was huge and you could easily feed 3-4 people with this dinner.
The rice pilaf was nice and tasty with the herbs and tomatoes enhancing the flavours. I’m a sucker for roast potatoes and this dish comes with plenty of potato wedges that I could just pop like large, plump french fries. The dinner also came with asparagus, zucchini, and eggplant.
The dish comes with a huge portion of roast lamb, moussaka, spanakopita, and calamari.
And did I mention it also comes with a huge portion of Greek salad (fresh tomatoes, cucumbers, red onions, and crumbled feta cheese) and pita bread to go along with the yummy and versatile tzatziki sauce?
The spanakopita was generously filled with spinach in a flaky pastry and the moussaka was creamy while still being able to discern each layer.
Of course, my favourite part of the dish was the roast lamb. It was fall-off-the-bone-tender and a generous portion size. I’d say that it’s probably as good as the roast lamb at Ramies (another one of our favourite Greek spots in Burnaby).
The decor and atmosphere at Vassilis is really impressive and I’m sure I’ll go back in the future to try dining in instead. While the summer sun is still out, do yourself a favour and dine on their patio under the large palm trees… you’ll forget the horrible weather that we’ve had the last few months.
Food: 4.5 / 5
Service: 4 / 5