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Pantheon on Danforth - my little review

50firstdatesguy Dec 10, 2007 06:06 AM

I've read some reviews on ChowHound about this Greek restaurant, which is in the Greek village area of Danforth and Chester. Based on those reviews I took someone there last night for a date situation and I was not let down!

We were greeted and seated quickly, although keep in mind it was a chilly Sunday eve. I've heard reservations are recommended. Anyway the waiter was kind and attentive. I had the house red, which is a Greek Merlot, and it was pretty good. She had an Amaretto Sour, no complaints there.

Salads came with the meal so we didn't feel like appetizers. Re: salads, Greek salads have a habit of sometmies being drenched and soggy, and the Feta overpowering, but these salads in my opinion were lighter and not as oily as most. They were quite good IMHO.

I had the Mousaka, and she had the chicken. I've never had Mousaka before but it was delicious, it's like a Greek version of Shepherd's Pie. Rice was fluffy, veggies not too soggy or anything. Her dish looked good also and she enjoyed it.

Waiter was prompt to ask us if everything was okay - I find sometimes the waiters in Toronto drop the ball on this, they don't come and ask about the meal until you're pretty much finished, but this guy was on the ball and asked us just a few minutes after we'd begun so I was quite impressed with that.

We finished, had some more drinks, and we were getting ready to call it a night when the waiter brought us a piece of cake compliments of the house. That really impressed us so we ate up and tipped well. We were thanked warmly on the way out.

Overall I really couldn't have asked for much more aside from a juggling and unicycle act, I give the service (based on my experience) a solid 10/10. The food was a solid 9/10, price considered. Atmosphere is simple but cozy, 8.5/10.

I spent $90 on entrees, around 5-6 drinks and a decent tip for the waiter. I'd say most could drink normally and dine well for $70 or less.

I'd definitely go back!

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  1. spaetzle Dec 10, 2007 07:51 AM

    Nice to hear you liked Pantheon's Moussaka. Just try not to tell a Greek that it tastes like Shephard's Pie, unless you're trying to yank his/her chain. Moussaka is labour- intensive compared to Shepherd's Pie, and the topping is made of Bechamel sauce, not mashed potatoes. Sort of similar to saying Creme Brulee is like a French version of vanilla pudding IMO.

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      millygirl Dec 10, 2007 08:39 AM

      Thanks for the review 50first. You mention a juggling act. Had you gone on a Friday or Saturday night you would have had almost that. They have a strolling belly dancer!!! Lots of fun! p.s. does this mean you may have to change your handle?

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        JamieK Dec 10, 2007 09:05 AM

        lol, changing his handle! Or maybe he's planning to go on 50 first dates.

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        Pantheon
        407 Danforth Ave, Toronto, ON M4K1P1, CA

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          50firstdatesguy Dec 10, 2007 10:44 AM

          haha nope no plans to change my name, didn't say I'd take the same one back there lol

          Yea sorry my impression of their Mousaka was overly-simplistic, I guess the overall 'feel' of the dish was hearty and similar to Shep. pie but as i consider it now it was in fact much more flavourful and intricate to be sure, the grape leaves ( I think that's what they were ) in the middle, and the topping, the spicing of the meats; the finished product was definitely a cut above, and I even got a corner piece.

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            millygirl Dec 10, 2007 11:17 AM

            scratch the grape leaves fiddy.. I'm pretty it was eggplant :)
            But otherwise well said.

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              looniePincher Dec 10, 2007 12:53 PM

              Glad to hear you like the restaurant! It's one of my faves too and is very consistent whenever we go. Love their calamari.

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                deelicious Dec 10, 2007 01:50 PM

                The grilled calamari is stellar - every time!

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                  Full tummy Dec 10, 2007 01:55 PM

                  It's what I have when I'm there.

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                    foodyDudey Dec 10, 2007 02:54 PM

                    All the seafood is very good. I've already eaten at Pantheon twice this month, it's where I go to eat Greek since I switched from Avli about 5 years back.

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        ace123 Dec 10, 2007 02:28 PM

        Glad you like the place.
        It's my favorite on Danforth too.
        I haven't tried the moussaka yet. However, I enjoyed the seafood platter (huge portion for 2), grilled calamari, grilled octupus, dolmades & surprisingly good seafood pasta.

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          deelicious Dec 10, 2007 03:23 PM

          they have a great meat platter too!

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            erly Dec 10, 2007 05:48 PM

            I am surprised by the positive reviews.
            I really like Pantheon, but it has been panned on this board.
            It is family run, and the food, although not exciting, is competent.
            Service is always friendly, but not over the top.
            It isn't high end, but comfort food.
            I once wrote that no matter how you order the lamb chops, they will always arrive, medium, fatty and tasty.

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              millygirl Dec 11, 2007 04:33 AM

              I was sort of surprised also. Must be the christmas spirit. That, and the hint of magic in 50 first dates review. I sense love is in the air.

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                50firstdatesguy Dec 11, 2007 08:26 AM

                "Love is in the air".. You guys are a riot :D

                Well I suppose maybe the waiter thought we made a nice couple so we got the free cake.. it was a nice touch to be sure.

                All joking aside though it was a Sunday night, not too hectic as far as I could see... perhaps not everyone is going to get the free cake and the super attentive service when its busier. BUT, I definitely wanted to let ppl know that given the right circumstances it CAN be that kind of place.

                Some restaurants, even with their best staff on clock during a slow period will still manage to screw up the service, let alone make the effort to provide a special evening for those who appear to be going that route.

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                  foodyDudey Dec 11, 2007 08:59 AM

                  I think everyone gets the free cake. We always do.

                  One thing about Pantheon, the food is always good, especially the seafood. And the service is always there when you need it. At leat that's how I find it. No matter how much water I drink, it always gets filled back up!

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                    tartiflette Dec 12, 2007 11:22 AM

                    I'm starting to feel unloved. I've been twice now, and both times no cake for me.

                    Sniff.

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                      Full tummy Dec 16, 2007 09:18 PM

                      Me, neither. I've never even seen cake there!

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                        foodyDudey Dec 17, 2007 03:20 AM

                        It's that Greek "honey cake", and is quite good. Ask for some next time.

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                          Full tummy Dec 17, 2007 03:47 PM

                          Thanks! I'll tell them "foodyDudey let me in on the secret". :-)

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                            50firstdatesguy Dec 18, 2007 04:37 AM

                            yeahhh that's the ticket, I remember thinking it looked really sweet, and I'm not a huge sweet-tooth but when I had a bite I kept thinking 'ah, actually this is mild, like honey'.

                            So it was honey afterall. Really nice cake!

                            We did our best to finish it but we couldn't, the portions at Pantheon are nothing to sneeze at.

                  2. re: millygirl
                    deelicious Dec 11, 2007 08:50 AM

                    Its funny because I would say that the board has always loved Pantheon. I guess it depends on how we 'read' the writings...

            2. vorpal Dec 17, 2007 04:06 AM

              I just checked out their website, and I can't believe how reasonable their wine prices are! I generally don't drink with my meals because I can't afford the cost, but they're practically giving it away here.

              1. rayrayray Dec 17, 2007 08:47 AM

                i have also recieved a comp for no particular reason. agree that calamari is amazing

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