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Jul 6, 2011 11:59 PM

Filo Grill & Rotisserie

Every time I go to work in the Eglinton/DVP area, I take the 100 Flemingdon bus. I always pass by a restaurant called Filo Grill & Rotisserie at 128 O'Connor Drive just at the corner of Pape. I am intrigued but have not tried it yet. I went on line to see the menu and though it has a really big menu, they have some really interesting greek dishes that you do not ind in other T.O restaurants, except maybe Zorba's hot table on the Danforth.

Has any of you fellow chowhounders frequented this restaurant, and if yes, what are your impressions?

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    1. re: JennaBean

      Not the same place actually, that is Folia Grill south on Pape. BlogTO has a post on Filo Grill on O'Connor, the comments are interestingly varied to say the least! Where did you find the menu ,fredster?

      1. re: julesrules

        Wow! I never would have know!!! Thank you Jules!

          1. re: TorontoJo

            Mmmm I do love lamb fricasse, and it's not always on the hot table at Zorba's...

          2. re: julesrules

            I found it by doing a google search...

          3. I live just around the corner from there. Its never done anything to really attract me to go. It has two names, for some reason - Filo and, on its front roof, a banner for a restaurant whose name starts with an E. very strange.

            my contractor went there a year ago and said it was ok.

            Just read some reviews on BlogTO and most of them scare me. "fun after club crowd". yum.

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            1. re: atomeyes

              Is the E word on the banner Estiatorio? That's the Greek word for a restaurant that's more somewhat formal than a taverna.

              That being said, Filo isn't any more formal than the other Greek family restaurants on Pape. Pretty much a standard East York Greek restaurant. Haven't eaten there, but some Greek Cdn friends that live in the neighbourhood eat there occasionally.

              1. re: prima

                Yes it is Estiatorio. Does not look formal to me!

                1. re: fredster1

                  It's probably the Greek work for "Osteria" which is means it's more like a restaurant than a tavern. I've never been to FILO yet.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    The word might have the same root, but it's not the Greek equivalent for Osteria. Osterias tend to be somewhat formal, but small, quaint restaurants, that are not quite as formal as a Ristorante, but considerably more formal than a Trattoria.

                    Estiatorios are more formal that tavernas, don't tend to serve family-style servings.They can be of any size. Estiatorios in Greece tend to charge more than tavernas, have more formal service, and serve dishes that involve more preparation. They can be any size- some are quaint, and some aren't. Milos in Montreal, NYC and Athens also labels itself Milos Estiatorio, and Malena on Avenue Rd has a logo with Estiatorio Malena (or Malena Estiatorio) on their website. Both Milos and Malena are closer to what I think of, when I think of Estiatorio.

                    I agree that Estiatorio Filo doesn't look very formal. Not sure if it was more formal when it first opened, or whether it's called Estiatorio to let people know it serves some dishes (patsa- aka tripe soup, fricasee, whatever else) that aren't found in your standard souvlaki joints in the vicinity.

                    Malena Estiatorio
                    120 Avenue Rd, Toronto, ON , CA