Restaurants & Bars Ontario (inc. Toronto)

taste of the danforth

phoenikia | | Aug 12, 2006 02:05 PM

I was at Taste of the Danforth last night - ended up ordering fried calamari from Mezes ($5), a lamb rosemary phyllo pie ($3) from the Ouzeri, and a custart tart from Europa ($2)....

Mezes: The calamari was unusually rubbery and tasted slightly off in the first few pieces, but I hit one piece at the end that was absolutely off. Considering the volume they are serving, and the popularity of the restaurant, I was surprised this would happen, esp. the first night of the T of D.

Ouzeri: The phyllo on the pies was perfect- flaky and buttery without being heavy or greasy. The filling in the lamb rosemary phyllo pie was ok, but the chicken rosemary pie my friend ordered contained more meat, and was tastier...And I usually like lamb more than chicken!

Europa: The custard tart (pasteis de nata) was fine, but I was surprised when I handed the employee a toonie, and she gave no change. I mentioned I thought they were usually $1.25 at Europa and she said that they are $1.25 during regular business hours, but the price is raised to $2 during taste of the Danforth. Although I have recommended Europa several times on the board, I was disappointed that they would try to profit from the public like this during the taste of the Danforth. Especially considering the volume of sales is incredibly increased during a street festival, and considering most bakeries in Little Portugal charge around $1 per tart (or even less). My friend was disappointed with the baklava she bought at Europa- it was literally soaking in syrup, and she ended up eating only a bite or two before discarding it.This might be the result of a baklava being made by a non-Greek (the owner of Europa is Portuguese).And, we might be a little more critical of baklava, being of Greek descent. Caffe Demetri was selling waffle cones for only $2, and several places were selling their souvlaki at either the regular price, or even lower prices than usual. The line-ups were considerably shorter closer to Pape- if you're hungry when you get there, head east.

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