Growl Review: Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant

Category: Growl Review

Lynne R.

Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant

By Lynne R.


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Image courtesy of Lisa L.

Value
I thought the food was ok and I found it fairly pricy for what you got. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Atmosphere
The restaurant was beautifully decorated. It is spacious, well lit. An escape… to quote others. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half
Service
Our waitress was prompt and pleasant. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Half
Food
Overall I was disappointed with the food. There were a couple of great tastes but I have had better Greek food in a sub shop. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-HalfGpawRating-WholeFadeGpawRating-WholeFade
Cleanliness
The restaurant and washrooms were spotless. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-Whole
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Review
Thanasi’s Olympus Greek Restaurant was the site of our latest Growl on March 20, 2013.

We arrived at Thanasi’s, located at 1204 Tecumseh Road East, on a very blustery spring evening.

Upon entering, the warmth of great lighting, beautiful décor, and small intimate areas that were actually very spacious met our eye. The space is very welcoming.

Our waitress was prompt and friendly.

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Image courtesy of Lisa L.

Many of us had some of the same things, such as the flaming cheese. I thought the flaming cheese was great, and would have liked a more rustic bread to accompany it.

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Image courtesy of Sylvia V.

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Image courtesy of Micky G.

The Greek lemon rice soup (avgolemono) was disappointing. I thought it tasted like Campbell’s chicken rice soup with an egg beaten in and a very small splash of lemon juice added. The rice was overcooked and mushy. I would have liked a rich, homemade chicken broth flavour, and slices of lemon on the side or floating on the top.

The Greek salad was abysmal. The lettuce (in real Greek salad there isn’t any) was old and flavourless. There wasn’t much else except for a few pieces of vegetables and an olive or two. The cheese certainly didn’t have the flavour of many of the different types of feta cheeses I have tasted. The dressing was pretty much non-existent and totally lacking in any recognizable flavour. I brought mine home and it wasn’t any better the next day (why should it be?!).

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Image courtesy of Lisa L.

Lisa L. and I shared a combo for two, with one of us having the chicken and the other having the pork. The skewer of pork was grilled to perfection. The meat had been marinated and it was very tasty and tender with charred crunchy bits from the grill on the outside of the meat. I believe Lisa L.‘s was the same. The rice that accompanied the dish was cooked beautifully, each grain separate, slightly chewy, and mixed with a few pieces of vegetables; however, it lacked any real flavour, Greek or otherwise. It was disappointing to find canned mushrooms in the rice. I have yet to find a real purpose for canned mushrooms! The green beans were lovely, left whole, not overcooked, and plentiful.

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The vegetable moussaka had a wonderful rich béchamel sauce on top of nicely baked eggplant. It could have had a bit more flavour but overall it was well done.

The spanakopita was very good. The phyllo crust was dry and crispy, the filling held together without being greasy, and it had a nice blend of spinach, cheese, lemon, and spice.

The best surprise of the evening was given to us by one of our Growlers who had never eaten Greek food. Talk about beginner’s luck! She ordered the stuffed grape leaves and these were fantastic! The filling was light, not greasy, bursting with flavour, a hint of mint, lemon, oregano… perfect! I would go back and order this dish.

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Image courtesy of Lisa L.

Overall, there were a few dishes that were enjoyable. This is one of the few exclusively Greek restaurants in town. Maybe the lack of competition has made them complacent. I just didn’t find that true authenticity I was looking for.

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Lynne R.‘s Overall Rating
Although the restaurant was beautiful I found the food bland and not very authentic. Pricy for what you got, not in amount but in flavour. GpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-WholeGpawRating-HalfGpawRating-WholeFade
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Comments from fellow Growlers
Laurel R. said: “I was the first to arrive at the restaurant for this month’s Growl, and the moment I walked through the doors I was enchanted! Sure, the décor may not have been updated in a few decades, but in my opinion it totally worked to set the tone for the restaurant’s Greek theme. Dining at Thanasi’s felt like an escape, like being transported to a cosy little grotto somewhere far from Tecumseh Road. And my meal was delicious! From the theatrics of the rich-tasting flaming cheese, to the tanginess of the avgolemono soup, to the freshness of the Greek salad, to the flaky spinachy goodness of the spanakopita… oh, and can’t forget the sweet crispiness of the honey sticks… my experience at Thanasi’s was a delight. I would not hesitate to return for a second (or third, or fourth) visit – especially as I want to try some of the menu items my fellow Growlitas were raving about!”

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Sylvia V. said: “The magical décor and the flaming cheese were a big hit for me! I will return because of those 2 things alone. I will also order another Manhattan from there and I will hope for the same lovely server we had.”

Lisa M. said: “I love their chicken rice soup. Get it all the time when I’m sick. As for the vegetarian moussaka, the béchamel sauce was very creamy, but the vegetables were seedy giving the dish an unexpected crunchiness. I would have ordered the meat version had they made it with lamb instead of beef. The baklava was dry and disappointing. I expected it to be dripping with honey and nice and moist, not dry and hard to cut with a fork. But as it’s the only upscale Greek restaurant in Windsor, I will definitely return because the food is overall pretty good if a tad pricy, and the décor is wonderful! Like stepping into a whole other world.”

Have YOU visited Thanasi’s?
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  • Lisa L March 28, 2013, 7:22 pm

    I was pleased overall with my visit to Thanasis, the food was home made and not lacking in portion size. I didn’t find it to be as bland as Lynne R. might have, but that’s what makes multiple reviewers of an experience invaluable! I have been to Thanasis many many times over many many years and my only suggestion would be to add something new and exciting to the menu, perhaps in the form of a daily or weekly special. For me, the dissappointment was only that it was the same decor and same menu from 20+ years ago. I’m actually thinking about that flaming cheese as I write this, now that was yummy!

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  • Sylvia Vander Schee via Facebook March 28, 2013, 8:04 pm

    great review, Lynne Poupart-Rivard

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  • Lynne Poupart-Rivard via Facebook March 29, 2013, 8:02 am

    Thanks Sylvia. I was afraid some might be miffed at me for being so tough. I just think there are very few restaurants that would rate a five. There is lots of good food out there but harder to find great mind blowing food!

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  • Windsor Girls Growl via Facebook March 29, 2013, 10:35 am

    The beauty of Windsor Girls Growl – and what sets it apart from other review sites – is that it’s made up of a large group of reviewers with a diversity of opinions. Never be afraid to be honest!

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  • Kimberley
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    March 29, 2013, 6:42 pm

    Maybe it’s just the classical mythology geek in me, but something about the Thanasi’s experience – the statues, the water feature, the cool colour palette – made me really happy. My hummus was yummy, the Greek coffee sweet and strong, and the avgolemono soup the right blend of tart and comforting. I would definitely go back here, though I can’t speak to the authenticity of the food. (I do think that the fact that they serve fries with their souvlaki and pitas works against them in terms of the authenticity factor..)
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