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Kritamos Greek Fish House and Rotisserie - Who's been?

Googs Aug 1, 2013 08:31 AM

Bueller? Bueller?

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  1. prima RE: Googs Aug 1, 2013 09:58 AM

    I haven't been yet, but I'm happy to read that Kritamos plans to serve Greek food from the Aegean Sea region, since Greek food in TO tends to be more Peloponnesian and Makedonian in style. Few restaurants in TO serve the Aegean island specialties.

    Some photos uploaded by the restaurant: http://www.urbanspoon.com/rph/10/1765...

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    1. re: prima
      Googs RE: prima Aug 1, 2013 10:40 AM

      Colour me excited even beFORE I open the pics, let alone take a seat.

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        Googs RE: prima Aug 1, 2013 10:43 AM

        WARNING. Don bib or grab a hankie before opening pics. Kudos to the food stylist.

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          millygirl RE: Googs Aug 1, 2013 11:31 AM

          Really?? Didn't do much for me.

          I saw the menu on another site and while I wish them well, and will give them a try, it seemed like just another danforth greek restaurant to me.

          1. re: millygirl
            JennaBean RE: millygirl Aug 1, 2013 11:43 AM

            I'm in the same boat. Looks ok but nothing that makes me want to make a special trip there.

            I'm will likely make the trek to the new place on the lakeshore b/c of the connect to Queue de Cheval steakhouse that go to this much closer spot.

            1. re: millygirl
              Googs RE: millygirl Aug 1, 2013 11:46 AM

              Holy cow. The menu bears little resemblance to the Post City story and photo array. I wonder what the deal is there. Could it be a really, really big chalkboard? A post-menu-printing revamp? Take a look at the pics and tell me I'm not crazy. Or not.

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                prima RE: Googs Aug 1, 2013 12:00 PM

                You're not crazy. The printed menu might not reflect the current offerings, or maybe there are daily specials that aren't reflected in the menu. It could be that the restaurant is still figuring out what sells on the Danforth. I know Lambros from Avli, who also ran Lambros briefly, was frustrated that many customers on the Danforth were not ready for anything other than the same old.

                I'll give Kritamos a try as soon as I get a chance. I will probably focus on the mezes, as I tend to do on the Danforth.

              2. re: millygirl
                prima RE: millygirl Aug 1, 2013 11:50 AM

                The plating looks better than average for a Greek resto on the Danforth.

                While parts of the menu are similar to other menus on the Danforth, here are a few of the dishes that aren't common on the Danforth, that Kritamos serves: green fava (although it's called fava, it's usually a split pea spread common in Santorini, this one mentions fava beans, but that might be a mistranslation. Greeks call fava beans koukia, not fava), tomato walnut spread, Melodia (goat cheese-stuffed apricots, figs and peppers) duck breast, pork tenderloin Afelia with red wine and coriander, pistachio baklava (tends to be walnut baklava at most Greek restaurants), the pasta with lobster (in the photos but not listed on the menu). I haven't been too happy with most zucchini fritters on the Danforth over the last few years, so I'm looking forward to trying out the version at Kritamos.

                menu: http://www.urbanspoon.com/cities/10-t...

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            vivo RE: Googs Aug 21, 2013 04:42 PM

            I have been twice.
            First time, we had 3 dips to start, the green fava was very good, the tomato walnut much too sweet, and hummus, it was so so. The pita came out hot but got hard. The 3 of us shared the 4 sardines with succotash, I wouldn't order it again. Having said that, you can also get the 4 sardines prepared two other ways (I think one of them was pan fried which might have worked better). We also shared the Mediterranean Black Stipped (sic) Bass - Extra Large. It was very fresh, simply grilled with olive oil and lemon, very good, and it would have easily fed 4. The fish and sardines came with french fries (not so good) and boiled collards (ok). We were too stuffed to have dessert.
            Second visit, got the green fava dip again, not as good, the eggplant, and the tzatziki, they were ok, but then I'm a garlic freak so take that into consideration. The pita this time was hot and fresh. We ordered the octopus, grilled squid, and broiled scallops - they were enjoyed by all, and the sauce from the scallops was very good so make sure you get extra pita. We ordered a smaller fish this time, a Greek snapper, and again it was fresh and simply grilled with olive oil and lemon. One of our party had returned to Canada last year after spending years in Greece, he was very pleased with the food, not so much with the alcohol prices but that is to be expected (there was a Sigalas on the wine list which he got for a fraction of the price in Greece).
            There is an ice bed and tank out front if you want to choose your meal. I hope this helps (I included a photo of the menu the day we went, but keep in mind it changes with whatever they get in and according to market price; and the second photo is the extra large bass).

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              bytepusher RE: Googs Sep 26, 2013 08:27 PM

              Went for dinner tonight

              Will be back

              There's a regular menu that was more or less standard Danforth Greek fare, (but plated nicer and prepared with a bit more care than most of the places that are now just going through the motions) and a one sheet menu of market priced whole fish and a bunch of specials with a focus on fish

              It's not Milos to be sure but it's closer than we've had in the past

              Nice room, hard to believe that it used to be Wimpy's, not a fan of the way they've used pillows on the banquettes but that's a minor nit

              We ordered 2 dips, one hot appetizer and one fish to share and were advised that it wasn't enough food and upsold a 2nd hot appetizer, she was wrong, rolled out of there stuffed could happily have skipped one app.

              Fish and grilled calamari very nicely done, I wouldn't bother with the dips again but the bread (not pita) was very good

              Wine list was just OK, a little surprised that there was only 1 greek red and 1 greek white and a bunch of international and a few VQA.

              So bottle of wine, 2 dips, 2 hot apps and 1 whole grilled fish $125 bucks tip included.

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                romanruin RE: Googs Jun 18, 2014 11:21 AM

                Have been three times, including twice in the last month. It has become one of our favourite places on the Danforth. The key to us are the sardines (pan-fried) and the smelts. Dips are excellent and the house red wine is solid. Nice staff, and nice room. Its a cut above the standard Danforth Greek offering and price point, but worth the premium.

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                  foodyDudey RE: romanruin Jun 18, 2014 03:36 PM

                  I've been meaning to try it out but have not done so yet. We walk by often on the way to the other places we eat at. Last Saturday we stopped and looked in, and there wasn't a single customer inside. That is often the case. I'm wondering if most people are looking for a lower price point than they have.

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                    bytepusher RE: foodyDudey Jun 18, 2014 06:27 PM

                    We've been in a couple times and we are usually alone or only one other table, they have added more "standard" Danforth items to the menu and tacked "Rotisserie" onto their sign but I guess the crowd in this hood won't pay what is a fair price for fresh seafood, or just won't try something new. Too bad because it does deserve more traffic.

                    1. re: bytepusher
                      prima RE: bytepusher Jun 19, 2014 07:55 AM

                      Just adding the Star review from November 2013.



                      1. re: prima
                        foodyDudey RE: prima Jun 19, 2014 08:01 AM

                        I'm waiting for a certified Greek fish expert who also posts on CH to write a review.

                        1. re: foodyDudey
                          prima RE: foodyDudey Jun 19, 2014 08:48 AM

                          I don't know if such a person exists.

                          Here are my seafood snob 2 cents: Since Joso's stole my heart, I haven't been ordering or eating much seafood on the Danforth. I'm also on a fairly restrictive diet, so I haven't been eating any fried calamari, which seems to be the best dish with which to judge the skill of a Greek or Mediterranean kitchen when it comes to seafood.

                          Grilled fish in Toronto just doesn't do it for me. I need to be much closer to the Mediterranean (ie within walking distance) for any grilled fish, especially one charged at MP, to wow me.

                2. Dr. John RE: Googs Jun 19, 2014 09:51 AM

                  Can anyone shed light on how sustainable these fish choices are if they are being sourced from the Mediterranean? Some of these choices (e.g., pompano) are sustainable if sourced from the U.S. but I can't find info easily on Mediterranean fish. I know that wild stocks there are mainly overfished and I don't know much about their fish farming practices.

                  1. foodyDudey RE: Googs Jul 18, 2014 09:17 AM

                    Has anyone eaten here recently? I should have tried it out by now but haven't. I am thinking of eating there tonight. I have been to some recently opened places in the area that I won't be visiting again. (decided not to write those up or even mention their names)

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                    1. re: foodyDudey
                      julesrules RE: foodyDudey Jul 18, 2014 12:37 PM

                      But yet, you tease us... is one such place on the second floor?

                      1. re: julesrules
                        foodyDudey RE: julesrules Jul 18, 2014 02:32 PM

                        No, I didn't try the new place on the second floor yet. But we walked by it yesterday and it sure looks silly, when I peeked in the front door I just saw a fancy entrance to an elevator and a female "greeter" beside the elevator. The place I refer to is on the east side of Pape, south side, and does not serve BBQ. That's all I'm going to say.

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                          prima RE: foodyDudey Jul 18, 2014 02:50 PM

                          The place on the 2nd floor offers Happy Hour Tue - Fri from 4:30-7 (I'm not sure if the bar snacks are offered at a cheaper price during the Happy Hour). The photos of the Happy Hour bar snacks and weekend brunch posted via Facebook look pretty tempting to me, but I haven't tried Happy Hour or brunch yet.

                          I realize what that place is trying to do looks silly to some, but hopefully the food tastes as good as some photos look, and maybe they'll drop the silly parts of the business plan. Maybe the cocktail/bar part will take off. Apart from Lolita's Lust, I can't think of too many places where I'd order a cocktail between Broadview and Pape stations (open to suggestions for cocktails between Broadview and Pape!)

                          1. re: prima
                            foodyDudey RE: prima Jul 18, 2014 02:58 PM

                            I just checked out the Facebook page, it sure does look tempting. Maybe I'll try it next Tuesday

                            1. re: prima
                              julesrules RE: prima Jul 18, 2014 07:41 PM

                              It just bugs me that they didn't use one of the empty storefronts ie/ former Local and Legion sports bar, both currently large and empty I believe. Danforth dynamics I suppose.

                              1. re: julesrules
                                foodyDudey RE: julesrules Jul 19, 2014 08:00 AM

                                The former Local is now "Bar Oak". It's open for business, but very empty. I don't know how these places survive.

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                                  prima RE: foodyDudey Jul 19, 2014 11:01 AM

                                  Bar Oak is owned by at least some of the same people as Local was, which is/was owned by some of the same people as Trapezzi. Places like that survive by selling booze late at night to a predominantly nightclub crowd. The food is an afterthought to go with the booze.

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                              julesrules RE: foodyDudey Jul 18, 2014 07:39 PM

                              Tacos? People in my hood gave good reviews...

                              1. re: julesrules
                                foodyDudey RE: julesrules Jul 19, 2014 08:01 AM

                                Where are those good reviews? I have not seen any yet. We have visited twice twice.

                                1. re: foodyDudey
                                  julesrules RE: foodyDudey Jul 19, 2014 10:40 AM

                                  Private neighbourhood forum on Facebook. So you actually did go twice, there must have been something promising the first time?

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                            dalton48 RE: foodyDudey Jul 19, 2014 09:42 AM

                            The new place on the second and third floor is pretty good -- tried the new happy hour last night with some half-price cocktails and small plates from the lounge menu, and the food was excellent. Nice view from the 3rd floor windows. Have found the fussy entrance off-putting but now we've sampled the food we'll definitely be back to try dinner sometime.

                            1. re: dalton48
                              millygirl RE: dalton48 Jul 19, 2014 09:58 AM

                              Agreed. By the way, new place is called The Forth. I was skeptical but it is very good!

                              The steak tartare is one of the best I've had. We had quite a few starter dishes, gnocchi, scallops. A highlight for me was the artic char crudo. Nice presentation, and great dish but small portion.

                              The downside for me was the vibe. They are going for a certain clientele - which is fine - just not for me.

                              1. re: millygirl
                                foodyDudey RE: millygirl Jul 19, 2014 10:53 AM

                                I got the same feeling about the target audience and that is why I have not been yet. I hope to check it out next week.

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