Well, you can see it has been a very busy and delicious few days. Here is a report on Elounda, a Greek restaurant in Ville St. Laurent: 1919 Boul. de la Cote-Vertu (514) 331-4040.
Elounda is a large spacious restaurant right next to the Arahova's. They have an area with a live lobster tank, and fresh fish displayed on crushed ice. We started with a large Greek salad and the Elounda Special. I was very happily surprised by the Greek salad. I have a long history of being disappointed by Greek salad. Most Greek salads are poorly seasoned and tasteless, but I keep ordering them anyway because I am an optimist. Today, it paid off! The Greek salad at Elounda was great! It comes with cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, onions, feta, olives, hot peppers on the side and a flavourful herb vinaigrette with a hint of mint. The tomatoes were very good, almost as tasty as summertime tomatoes. The feta was creamy and delicious, and did not have the funky off-taste that some feta can have. It was also not too salty. For about $16, you get a gigantic salad that easily feeds 6-8 people an appetizer sized portion. My only complaint: More olives needed!!
The Elounda special is another delicious appetizer. They thinly slice eggplant and zucchini, lightly batter the vegetables then fry them up like potato chips. They stack them on a huge pile of fabulous tzatziki, and then put 4 pieces of fried batted saganaki cheese. Really addictive! Again, for $16, this can be an appetizer for 4-6 people quite easily.
I shared a red snapper with my friend. It was simply prepared with capers and lemon, which is all you really need to enjoy a piece of fish this fresh. The steamed vegetables and rice which accompanied the fish were also simple but delicious. This was a classic example of letting good ingredients shine with simple preparation. My hubbie had the grilled octopus, and was forced to share it with me when I realized how tender and delicious it was (poor long-suffering hubbie!)... The mains go from about $18-40 and include the sides.
We finished with a plate of well-chosen fresh fruit. I don't know who is sourcing their ingredients, but dang, they are good!
As noted in previous posts, this resto is very kid friendly. We had 3 kids with us, and the staff were so wonderful with them! They joked with the kids, they brought them paper umbrellas, and they divided the chicken main dish onto 3 different plates for the kids (they were sharing one meal) so we wouldn't have to worry about splitting everything up. I was very impressed. If you have kids, this is a great place to go to have a nice meal with kids in tow.
This restaurant isn't innovative, but they use great ingredients, and the prep is simple and showcases the quality of the ingredients. Great service and great food, large servings. If you are looking for a satisfying meal, this is a good bet.