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Pantheon Restaurant - On “The Danforth”

  • State: Ontario
  • City: Toronto


When visiting Toronto's Greek Village; “The Danforth”, The Pantheon is a nice place to stop in for a family friendly Greek fare experience. Calamari and Tzatziki are only staples compared to their expansive menu they offer, including fresh fish from Greece (assuming fresh means not frozen - I don't think they're using a supersonic jet to have the fish arrive same day). None-the-less, it's difficult to be too disappointed buy the authentic and well prepared cuisine served by a friendly and helpful staff.

 
 
Attire:
Casual
Special Features: Great Staff, Authentic Greek, Cheery Atmosphere, family friendly
Reservations: mostly walk-ins, but available, especially for larger groups.

★★★★ $$$$$(under $30) ♪♪♪♪(noise level)

 


On a sunny Autumn afternoon, my party and I entered into the nicely deorated (Greek-themed of course) restaurant and were welcomed with the typically mediterranean enthusiastic “Welcome!”


 

Having visited The Pantheon on three separate occasions, I have been fortunate to sample a variety of their dishes.

On this particular Saturday afternoon, we began our foodie journey with free warm pita. It was served with both Tzatziki and Melitzanosalata dips. The latter of the two is an eggplant dip made with a special sauce. Not really spicy but wonderfully seasoned.


Other dips they offer include Taramosalata (red caviar pureed with olive oil), Skordalia (pureed potatoes with olive oil and seasoning), and Garlic Hummus. I've enjoyed all of these without complaint. A Middle-Eastern friend of mine makes Hummus from scratch and I am happy to say that The Pantheon's version was nicely comparable.

 

Their apps include a variety of cold and hot dishes. Marinated Octopus salad top the list for my favorite cold appetizer, and I'm not much of a fan. It can often be too 'rubbery' as they say, but their salad was not.


As for the hot appetizers, I would definitely recommend the Saligaria. Okay, so it's Escargot, but don't cringe! If you have never tried it, this would be a good place to do so. The chef sautes the snails (sorry if you still didn't realize what Escargot was), with garlic butter, wine, fresh tomatoes and melted cheese. It was DELISH!


If you are not feeling so adventurous, you could try the sauteed sausage with green peppers, mushrooms, onions and herbs. It was very well prepared as well, although just a touch too salty for me. However, when you have sausage, you have to expect your blood-sodium levels to rise a little.

 

The entire time were were dining, our water glasses were never empty and the server was very attentive without being an annoyance. Very nice.

Moving on to the entree, they offer a variety of Steaks, Shrimp, Quail, Chicken, Scallops, Spinach Pie, Moussaka, and of course; Souvlaki choices including: Chicken, Pork, Vegetarian, Beef and Lamb.


I opted for the Lamb Souvlaki which was accompanied by lemon potatoes, carrots and rice. Probably the best I've ever had! Succulent, moist and well seasoned.


We were all completely stuffed by the end of our meal, and delightfully so.

Our meal was concluded with a final morsel - a COMPLEMENARY piece of honey cake! It looks like sponge cake that is sweetened with honey, although not sticky. It's a pleasure to slide your fork through this dessert and have honey drissle out. How'd they do that?!

Ultimately if you are looking for a nice, unpretentious, great Greek food resto, this is it! Great for a second date, or a family of six!

 

Pantheon

407 Danforth Avenue

Toronto, ON

http://pantheonrestaurant.ca

(416) 778-1929

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