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Aug 28, 2009 09:32 PM

Arkadia House -- Greek "Find" in Scarborough

Anyone who's been to Zen for sushi has driven past this restaurant, which is on the south side of Eglinton west of Birchmount, directly in front of the Metro East Detention Centre (handy if you're visiting someone). Arkadia House has been there for well over twenty years, yet a search shows it has only ever been mentioned on this site once.

I've eaten at Arkadia House a dozen times over the years with my parents and children, but never since we moved out of Scarborough seven years ago. Last Saturday we went back for the first time. Everything was exactly the same --- the waiters, the decor, the menu, the food, even the prices (OK, they're a tiny bit higher). In this case, staying the same is a very good thing.

The restaurant is in a standalone building with its own parking lot. It is quite large, and I would guess it seats150. It was about 40% full when we were there. It also does a significant takeout business.

Everyone starts with the free basket of garlic bread and the free appetizer plate of black olives, sliced dill pickles and hummus. The hot appetizer platter is worth sharing for grilled octopus, grilled calamari, stuffed vine leaves and spanakopita. There is a very large selection of Greek main courses, both meat and fish. Notable at $17 is the mixed grill, which includes chicken and pork souvlaki, a grilled butterflied quail and two lamb chops, with roast potatoes and fresh vegetables. Keep in mind that whatever you order, it will be too much food.

I think Arkadia House beats many of the Greek places on the Danforth in quality and value. I don't know if it's worth a special trip, but we are glad we made one.

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  1. I've driven by this place several times and often wondered about it. Thanks for the post, will definitely look into giving it a try.

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    1. re: BamiaWruz

      Enough people seem to know about them. I just checked Trip Advisor, which ranks them #15 out of 172 restaurants in Scarborough (An odd list -- Zen is #1, Johnny's Hamburgers is #16). There are 4 comments, all favorable. On restaurantica, there are 8 reviews in the past two years, none less than four stars.

      1. re: jjmellon

        Chowhound is a great site, but this shows that the foodie universe goes way beyond....

        1. re: T Long

          T Long: What do you mean by this comment?

          1. re: geoprincess

            No offence meant...just expressing that not all foodies post their opinions on the Chowhound site. Chowhound represents a subset (I'm guessing a small one) of the opinions of people who care about food.

            1. re: T Long

              Makes perfect sense -- thanks for clarifying :)

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      1. Gotta say, I've found Arkadia House to be pretty mediocre the few times I've been there (always at lunch - not sure if dinner's any better). It's an okay option if you're in the area, but I would be no means make a special trip.

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        1. re: torontofoodiegirl

          Can you compare it with any of the Greek places on the Danforth? I'd like to find out which ones you think are also mediocre, and which are better than mediocre. Thanks.

          1. re: jjmellon

            I don't really get down to the Danforth much these days (and even when I went more often, it's not like I knew every restaurant on the strip), so I can't make a particularly educated comment. That being said, I used to really like Mezes (definitely better than Arkadia, IIRC), though haven't been in a few years so don't know what it's like now. I would put Pappas Grill into the more "mediocre" category on the Danforth (though have only been once in the last couple of years so, again, I may not be in the best position to comment).

            It's not that I think Arkadia House is bad. I've just found it to be unexceptional and unmemorable, and I wouldn't ever make it a destination.

            1. re: torontofoodiegirl

              Funny! I just came on here to get a Greek restaurant for our November trip. I was from just west of here (Mt Pleasant and Eglinton) but never knew about this one.
              Now, I will give it a try.
              Dean in Red Deer

              1. re: carlitguy

                I did go here on my trip in early November.
                It was really worth it!
                Thanks jjmellon.
                I did have the mixed grill which at $17 is a bargain.
                My only complaint was the service was very slow. I don't have a problem when a restaurant is busy, but on a Tuesday night at 7:00 and the place was fairly empty it should be quicker.
                However, the quality of the food made up for the slow service.
                Dean in Red Deer, Alberta

                1. re: carlitguy

                  Glad you enjoyed your meal. We had stopped going to Arkadia House but tried it again about 2 weeks ago. It was under new ownership. It was a Sunday night and packed. Largely because of a function, but it was still busy with other customers. There were even people out in the glassed in area at the front.
                  There were 4 of us, and 3 of us were craving souvlaki. The pork souvlaki, $13. Too large for me to finish. Came with plate with olives, pickles and something to dip. Again I'm thinking taramasalta but don't quote me, I was unusually distracted that night. Greek salad served separately. A bit unusual but much more to my taste was the dressing; more like a buttermilk dressing with the feta cheese grated rather than cubed. I'm not crazy about the standard vinegar dressing. Very lean pork, not overly seasoned, very tender. (Although I must confess to enjoying the taste of "fattier" grilled pork!) Fresh vegetables cooked 'til tender but not mushy (cauliflower, broccoli, carrots). No roast potatoes but a large portion of rice that was nicely flavoured, but not oily. Bread. One of us had the salmon. ($19?) Moist, not fishy or mushy and a generous portion. The service was very efficient. Linen tablecloths. If you're in the area, which we were, why travel downtown and pay for parking? There were some other interesting, and not too standard choices on the menu (ie. exochico) which we've give a try next time.

                  1. re: dory

                    When did the new owners take over, and more importantly did they keep most of the same staff and blah menu? All I remember is, the food was mediocre (just a step above Friendly Greek), the service was slow, and the prices were high for what you got. No surprise the place was never full, and when it does get busy (like, Mother's Day -- my mom likes it) they just can't handle it. If those things have changed for the better I may consider trying them again.

        2. We ate there last night and it was pretty good. I think it will be our new go-to Greek place. We had cocktails, half litre of house red, mixed souvlaki and moussaka, and dessert. A lot of food and we were stuffed.