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Oct 28, 2008 07:18 PM

Broken Plate Greek Restaurant - Calgary

In my continuing search for a great Greek restaurant I visited their location in Willow Park.
They have 3 in Calgary - Willow Park on McLeod Trail, Kensington and Ranchlands.
When we arrived around 6 on a Thursday and asked for a table for two I got the impression I was out of luck. The place was relativly empty. Within about ten minutes of being seated the place was packed and I sure got the impression from the Maitre D' (?) that he knew most of the arriving guests.
The food is very authentic and was certainly among the best I have had outside Greece. The only exception is It's All Greek to Me in Red Deer.
I had a lemon rice soup and Vilage Salad. My son had roast Lamb. It was cooked to perfection with rice, vegetables and of course the proper potatoes.
The service was great as was the atmosphere.
I will recommend this for a meal if yiou want authentic Greek.

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  1. the lamb shank is good - they also have the "art" of the restaurant timing down pat. ie. the kitchen's in the weeds, so they pull out a show breaking distract everyone. When when there is a wait at the door, the music is we'll hurry up and eta. Then, when there is no wait, but you haven't had dessert yet, the music is you'll order more. hehehe. Just an observation - but it was awhile ago since I was there. I've had food I enjoyed more in Toronto's "Greek Town", but Broken Plate is a welcome addition to the south end of town.

    1. We've always enjoyed eating at Broken Plate (we frequent the NW location) To me, the food is fresher, less heavy, and better presented than what I had in Greece. They also do take out too!! The Lamb Stifado is my fave, and unfortunately for my hips, the Chocolate Colossus.

      1. I'm afraid I have to disagree a bit about the Broken Plate. I went there with my mom and while it was okay, it wasn't stellar. My fish dish was tasty but the rice was definitely bland. My mom's moussaka was cold. We went there at an odd time, so we think the kitchen tried to hurry it out and it wasn't fully cooked. She wished they had warned her so she could get something else.

        It was alright, but we're not hurrying back.

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        1. re: AriaDream

          I'm on AriaDream's side of the fence here. I've been to the Willow Park one twice, and was very disappointed. First time was my wife and I for lunch, on a visit to Calgary and at WP liquor buying whisky, and we were very underwhelmed. The souvlaki was on par with the frozen stuff from M&M Meats, the rice bland, the dolmades flavorless, horitaki salad had sliced canned olives...

          Second time, a few months later, I was in cowtown because my wife was doing some consulting and her hosts took us there (work was in south end). Same experience, and hosts even apologized for their choice they were so unhappy with the food.

          These visits were 12 and 6 months ago, so maybe it has improved but when I'min Calgary next month I'm not going to risk wasting a meal to find out.

          1. re: Dan G

            I do find that the north location is better than the south -- had a terrible lunch there once. I wouldn't call it the best food I've ever eaten, but it's a good no-brainer for dining with the kids. The plate smashing and flaming cheese keeps them non-squirmy for awhile ;o)

        2. I do enjoy Broken Plate- mainly their appies. I love Greek appetizers so much I would far rather share 3 or 4 of them with a friend than order one of the entrees.

          I have to say, it's the best Greek Food in Calgary, but I haven't found anywhere in Canada or Greece with Greek Food as good as Greekos in Regina, of all places!

          1. Have you been to Pegasus? It's the best Greek restaurant in Calgary, IMHO. I've only been to the Broken Plate in Kensington, once, maybe a year ago, it was OK but not great.

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              1. re: sharonanne

                Where's Pegasus? I'm going to be in Calgary again soon...

                  1. re: cancowboy

                    Thanks - I think I have been there for lunch (a couple of years ago, so not sure) and liked it.