Calypso Greek Taverna - Calgary, AB
Anyone tried it yet? It sprouted up overnight in my area (opened by the owner of Mr. Schnapps NE from what I gather), replacing the beloved Curry House/Gondola Pizza (aka Curry/Pizza Nazi); something that was long overdue. I usually like to wait for favorable reviews before trying a new place, but so far, I can only find a Calgary Sun review, giving it 3.5/5.
A fellow foodie and I tried Calypso's Taverna last night. We shared the calamari to start and weren’t impressed. The calamari was overcooked and chewy, and the batter was bland and fell off the calamari as we tried to dip it in the tzaziki. We both decided to try the roasted lamb (kleftiko) as a main after reading favorable reviews on chowhound. The main came with greek salad to start - it was pretty good, but I would've liked more olives in it. The main itself was a huge portion, and I have a healthy appetite! Each plate easily had more than a cup of rice, a whole lemon roasted potato, roasted veggies and 2 large pieces of lamb. I could only eat half of the plate. I enjoyed the lemon roasted potato but found the veggies & rice to be a bit oily. The lamb was quite tender, but it didn't have the flavour I expected it to have compared to roasted lamb I've had at other greek restaurants.
The calamari, 2 roasted lamb dishes and a greek beer came to $55 which is very reasonable. Although the prices were very good based on the portion size I didn't feel that the dishes were well seasoned. I'm not sure if they were just having an off night, but I don't think I'd go back there again.
Menu is here: http://calypsostaverna.com/CalypsosMe...
This place is really good. I've been to a half dozen Green places in Calgary, and this is the one I keep coming back to. The "Panos Soup" in particular is very good. It's a fasolada (bean and tomato soup), and you get a nearly overflowing bowl for $5. The calamari is also the best I've had in Calgary.
The last couple of times I've been it's seemed a bit busier, so hopefully things keep picking up. The portions in general are huge, which makes the place a good value, and I've found it to be very consistent (in contrast to Mykonos on Centre Street, where I've had alternatingly good and bad food and service). I've probably been back to Calypso's 5 or 6 times now.
I went there about a week after it opened, and actually just placed an order for pick up, so I'll be quick.
It's pretty good, and coming from me that's a great review, most restaurants rate mediocre or worse!
I can't remember what we ate, but I do remember having that warm satisfied feeling you get when you just ate a lot of great food. And a lot it was, we ate 2 courses each and the shared a desert. next time i might take the desert to go...
The place was deserted, which meant we got way more attention than we would have liked, but the waitress was charming and friendly.
Overall: well I'm going back for seconds so that kinda speaks for itself! hopefully they've picked up a bit since then