M took me to Paros Taverna, a Greek restaurant on North Road in Coquitlam. M had no idea what to expect since we just went there randomly. A year ago, I remember staring at their windows and I was so creeped out. I was sitting at the McDonalds across the street and I saw 2 men at a table getting charmed by a belly dancer. I was very confused.
The interior is pretty dark and it gets darker as the evening continues. At one point of the evening the lights go super dim and the music gets pretty loud…. then this man and this belly dancer dances around the restaurant to entertains all their diners. You can even tip the belly dancer to give you an extra personal dance. It was really awkward to watch. A lot of people seemed to enjoy it though.
This is my favorite item to get at any Greek restaurant. Who doesn’t love fried cheese? You need to squeeze the lemon on top of the cheese to taste good. The clothe surrounding it just catches all the seeds and pulp. Then you cut a piece off and put it on the pita bread and enjoy.
I really liked it because you get the nutty ooey gooey cheese with a hint of the sourness from the lemon.
Paros Platter for 2 ($31) comes with chicken souvlaki, prawn souvlaki, kalamaria,dolmades, pita bread, greek salad, rice, potatoes & spanakopita. We thought it was one of the items that had decent pricing
Chicken souvlaki was a tad on the dry side, but you do get a lot on a skewer.
Prawn souvlaki was alright, but it seemed like it was frozen ahead of time and then cooked. Maybe I’m wrong, but it did have a bit of a tough texture.
Kalamaria is piled up in the middle of the dish. It was decent, but it wasn’t mind blowing.
Dolmades is rice and other vegetables stuffed in edible leaves. It tasted good!
Spanakopita is phyllo pastry stuffed with spinach and feta cheese. It comes with 2 triangular pieces. The outside was quite crispy and delicious inside.
The pita is the same that comes with saganaki.
The potatoes and the rice will surely fill 2 people up! This is the hefty starch portion of the platter. Good flavour and it’s always better with more lemon!
The greek salad was decent too. Since there was also a lemon with this too, it seems fitting to use that too. hahaha.
Overall, the experience was very interesting. The platter is a good choice to get a feel of a wide range of items from this place.
Words of Wisdom:
- Platter is pretty goof choice
- Dinner experience may contain belly dancers
- Lots of Parking
526 Clarke Rd