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May 5, 2014 10:04 AM

Greek tavernas of Montreal

I'll be blowing back into town for 10 days next month and I need to get a fix on Greek food; proper sit-down taverna with full menu and not a souvlaki joint. All my favorite spots have long since closed: Orexi bit the dust years ago. I heard that Vegera changed owners some time ago too. I want something a bit more casual than Milos. I love the atmosphere at Faros but not certain of the quality of food: worthwhile or not? Looking specifically for grilled fish/seafood (sea bass/swordfish/octopus/shrimp) along with the usual salads, zuchini, eggplant, calamari, tzaziki, etc. Preferably a place with some ambiance (more Faros than Milos - or the covered terrace at the old Vegera) and with freshly sourced and perfectly prepared fish. What are the best options now that Orexi and Vegera are no longer?

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  1. I have been told (by a Greek living in Montreal) that Namos is great, but I have yet to try it. It's definitely more upscale than Faros (and more expensive).

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    1. re: picklebird

      Thanks picklebird,

      I was hoping for something with a bit more of a homey ambiance or an intimate terrace. I think I should probably just book Milos if nothing like that exists anymore.

    2. Rhodes, Molivos, Elounda, Lezvos

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      1. re: hungryann

        I assume you meant Rhodos and not Rhodes, right?

        Is that place any good? I didn't think it was particularly destination worthy but my memory may be off. Same with Molivos; these aren't really comparable with Orexi?

        Lezvos is an old Jewish favorite but I find it somewhat uninteresting. It used to be a last decision go-to for Sunday dinners, both in the city and up north. Never been to Elounda I don't think, but it's out of the way and kind of depressing inside.

        Too bad there's no place with atmosphere closer to Rhodos but food more like Milos!

        1. re: OliverB

          I went to Lesvos this winter and they were not what they used to be. If you go to Milos pick one of the more private nooks they have on the deep south side of the restaurant.

          1. re: finefoodie55

            Thanks for the tip, I think we'll do that.

            We're going on a Sunday night so I'm sure we'll have plenty of seating options.

            1. re: OliverB

              Watch out book now as Sunday is Mothers Day.Maybe you want to book after 10:00pm for the $20.14 menu

              1. re: finefoodie55

                I'm planning for the 1st Sunday in June, to clarify.

          2. re: OliverB

            Yes, Rhodos. I've eaten there a few times over the years and have had no complaints. Excellent whole grilled fish. They've been around for 30 + years! they must be doing something right!
            I never really liked Orexi. I found the staff pretentious and obnoxious and they were overcharging for good but standard fare compared to other similar places.
            Lezvos West is pretty good also and Elounda used to have Milos quality seafood at lower prices but that is no longer the case. The prices have skyrocketed in the past 2 years. Personally, if I'm going to splurge, I'd rather go to Milos.

        2. Faros is good. I don't get what the problem is. I've never had a quality issue there.

            1. re: frogsteak

              Ouzeri isn't big on fish and seafood.

            2. I remember Tripolis in Montreal as a great place to eat since the last time I ate there about 6 years ago. Does anybody know if the new place in Lava is as good? If so, which dishes do you recommend?

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              1. re: heybaldy

                Tripolis is good, both locations. They have a small selection of fresh fish. They excel more at grilled meats IMO.