When it comes craving for Greek food, I always prepare myself to stuff my face with tons of rice, skewered meat, and tzatziki sauce. One of the first places I’d think of to do that to myself is Stepho’s Souvlaki on Davie street.
Stepho’s has been around for a long time, and it’s no secret that it’s got good food. I haven’t eat-in at Stepho’s in a while because it’s always got a line up. I usually opt for take out, but this time the hunger got to me, and the hunger told me I should wait in line for 40 minutes. The Hunger is a jerk and it does crazy things to you.
The restaurant was crazy busy as usual, getting a waiter to come around our table to give us water and take our order after we finally got a table was a challenge too. We probably waited for another 10 minutes for our waiter to come greet us. When the waiter finally came, we ordered our food right away.
For appetizer, we got the Kalamari ($7.95), and the Spanakapita ($4.95). For entrée we got a small Lamb Souvlaki, and trying for the first time, the Pork Souvlaki.
The Kalamari was deep fried squid, and it was good as usual. The batter was really crispy, the squid itself wasn’t too rubbery. It was piled on Greek salad, with a side of tzatziki sauce. The portion size was big, so it was a good dish to get and share.
Spanakapita was spinach cheese puff. One order came with 2 big spinach cheese puffs. They were really buttery, and the pastry outside was really flaky. It was pretty good, but the spinach and cheese stuffing inside didn’t taste particularly fresh.
It’s really hard for me not to order the Lamb Souvlaki here because it’s my favorite dish here. This time though, the plate was just OK. First thing I noticed was that the rice was a bit hard. The lamb was cooked well, but it wasn’t as tender was I’d usually get here. We tried the Pork Souvlaki for the first time. We got it because we always over look it, why would you pick pork over lamb, chicken or shrimp? let’s try it anyway. The first thing I worried was that the pork might be too dry out, but it wasn’t, it was fully cooked, and it still moist and tender. It wasn’t as good as the lamb, but I wouldn’t mind eating it.
I seriously was not in the right mind when I got myself to line up to eat in. I spent 2 hours on dinner, and it felt like I wasted so much time. I was so eager to get out by the end of my meal. I wouldn’t recommend going there at peak dinner hours, i.e. 6 – 8pm unless you just totally have time to burn. I highly recommend take out, the quality of food is just the same as eating in.
As much as I like Stepho’s, I do find that they have consistency issues. They used to be really awesome a few years ago, but lately they’ve had their on and off days. This time, was an off day for me.
Note: Street Parking, Long Line Ups
Stepho’s Souvlaki Greek Taverna
1124 Davie St
Vancouver, BC V6E