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

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  1. 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.
    http://www.thestar.com/life/food_wine...

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

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    1. re: prima

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

      1. re: prima

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

        1. re: Googs

          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

            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

              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.

              1. re: Googs

                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

                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...

          2. 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).
            Chow!

             
             
            1. 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: romanruin

                  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.

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    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: prima

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

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          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. 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. 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

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

                      1. re: julesrules

                        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.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          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

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

                            1. re: prima

                              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

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

                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                  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.

                            2. re: foodyDudey

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

                              1. re: julesrules

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

                                1. re: foodyDudey

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

                          2. re: foodyDudey

                            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

                              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

                                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.

                                1. re: foodyDudey

                                  Kritamos has been locked out due to nonpayment of rent. I guess I won't be trying it after all.

                                  1. re: foodyDudey

                                    That's too bad, I enjoyed the meals we had there and it's a niche I thought needed filling...

                                    1. re: bytepusher

                                      Obviously not enough diners were available to fill that niche. It was painful to see how empty it was each time I walked by - I always wondered how they paid the rent but it looks like they didn't. I noticed some really good prices on the menu recently, and was just days from going there to eat dinner. Mrs fD had delayed me a few times when I picked it as my choice for dinner.

                                      1. re: foodyDudey

                                        I delayed posting on this place after speaking with the owner about our experience because he kindly offered us the chance to return so that he could make up for it but I guess we won't be able to do that now. We were looking for a place to go to celebrate a number of significant events-birthday, anniversary and retirement. It was June 29th I believe, and Greece was playing in the world cup that day so Danforth was busy to say the least, and there was one of those crazy rainstorms. I had called that afternoon and spoke to the owner, Brian, who encouraged us to come and celebrate our milestones there, promising us a memorable night with some extras thrown in. We arrived to an empty restaurant with a brand new (but pleasant) server. Service was very slow. We were finally informed that they were down a chef due to Ramadan and eventually an experienced server arrived from her day job. There were no extras, desert was not offered and by the time we all got our food and finished eating it was late andwe needed to leave. We had been there almost three hours. The food was hit and miss. The sardines were described as very good, the dips were average, the lobster linguine too rich and the steak inedible- very fat (I know, who orders steak at a fish place-a 10 year old boy does). I tried the linguine the next day for lunch and it did not sit well at all due to oversalting and very heavy/rich. Total for four adults and two children was $233. I spoke to Brian the next day and he was very pleasant and apologetic (hey! these things happen and every place has the odd "off" night). He said he did not realize that I was the person who had called and that we were celebrating. However, given that I called first and we were the only diners for most of the night (another table came later) it is odd that he did not realize we were the people celebrating. We had told the server about the milestones we were celebrating. Brian advised that she did not know to tell him we were the party who were celebrating. I wish him luck with his next endeavor, he was very nice and the place was pretty and comfortable.