My husband and I agreed to at least once a month dine in a restaurant we haven’t been to before. We want to do this before the next winter and try new cuisines around the city of Calgary. Last month, we’ve been at Two Penny’s to try a fusion of Chinese and Western cuisine. This month, it’s all about authentic Greek flavors.

 

 

 


This photo of Santorini Greek Taverna is courtesy of TripAdvisor

 

 

 

After an incredible 30 years, the restaurant is still turning out incredible dishes and now, the young couple enjoy spending time at the restaurant with their three (soon to be four) grandchildren.

About | Santorini Greek Taverna

Meeting with our Tito Ponching and Tita Becky, we discovered Greek delicacies (with hard to remember names) that are worth the wait. I say this because they didn’t bring out the dishes all at once. It’s like awaiting each course meal with just enough quantities that you wouldn’t realize your fill until you’ve sampled everything. Truly, it’s not that we just “sampled” each item, we finished them all!

You can’t go wrong with the vibe of the place. Small and cozy, with an immediate Greek atmosphere for well… you can’t avoid the Greek music, Greek tapestry, Santorini photos, Greek decorations, etc. Despite the onslaught of everything Greek, it didn’t feel tacky at all.

It feels like you’re at home or visiting Grandma’s place, if the clothes hanging by the window at a corner is any indication just how “homey” the place feels. Those together with the amazing service and smiles given by our Greek server, we would jump at the opportunity to visit Santorini (if it were possible right at that moment, Haha). 

 

As to no further ado, here are the dishes we ordered…
Saganaki

Saganaki

Fried Greek cheese that is simply indulgent. Best eaten when still hot. That cheese just is heaent every moment that it melts in your mouth.

Spanakopita

Spanakopita

A traditional savory pastry filled with spinach and feta cheese. You can’t go wrong with that combination anywhere.
Kefthetes

Kefthetes

Greek meatballs. For me, it’s like any other meatballs. I’m not saying it’s bad. It’s just that on its own it’s not that memorable but as part of the feast that we ordered it harmonizes beautifully with all the Greek flavors we experienced.
kalamari

Kalamari

Fried quid that is perfectly accompanied with lemon. For the life of me, I find it very hard to cook such tender squid that it feels like it melts in your mouth. This is one of the best-fried squids I’ve had so far.
Horiatiki

Horiatiki

The classic Greek salad. Greek feta, peppers, cucumber, red onion, tomatoes, and olives. I’m not a fan of Greek salads but this one I like!

Baklava

A rich, sweet pastry made with phyllo pastry and honey. I was used to the too sweet baklava you can buy in supermarkets. But this one was just oh-so-right, flaky, and syrupy, you wouldn’t want to go back to the supermarket kind.
Greek Coffee

Coffee

Greek Coffee with sugar (no cream) They don’t add cream in their coffee and when this little cup came out, it reminded me so much of Espresso. What surprised me was it wasn’t required to stir the coffee before drinking. Then, after you finish the coffee, you turn the cup upside down and let the muddy sediment slide out of the cup. Plus, you can read your future with the patterns left on the cup. At least, that was what our server said. Unfortunately, no one in the restaurant could read our fortune. Darn. Haha!
And to cap our lunch out, here are photos of my family, and that of my son with the grandparents.
Santorini Greek Taverna is an amazing place to try authentic Greek cuisine. And trust me, the atmosphere is everything in this place too. You will want to hop into a Mediterranean cruise or visit Santorini. Try the Lunch or Dinner specials wherein groups can share grouped meals that will price just right for each person.

Santorini Greek Taverna

santorinirestaurant.com 1502 Centre Street N Calgary, AB T2E 2R9