We had an educational conference at the Wall Centre today and since we were in the Davie Street area, there were many restaurants to choose for lunch. In reality, there was only one restaurant on our radar from the beginning - Stepho's. When I used to live in downtown, I would frequent Stepho's every now and then. I would brave either the heat or cold and line up for an hour to eat there. Now you ask why on earth would I do that? Simple, Stepho's offers decent food at a great price and humongous portions. I cannot understand why other restaurants do not use this formula for success more often. Some restaurants are so cheap, you'd think they ran out of food when they present you with a dish where you can see more of the dish than the food. You won't have that problem at Stepho's. From the pictures, you can see that the dish is completely filled. Now portion size is not important if the food ain't good. Of course there are better Greek restaurants to be found in the GVRD; but the food here at Stepho's is more than acceptable for the price. After all, we always have to go into a meal with reasonable expectations that coincide with how much we are paying.
My esteemed colleague and I shared the calamari as an appetizer. Not sure what possessed us to do that, since we knew our entrees were going to be large. Anyways, the calamari was tender and fried perfectly, being light and crispy; yet not oily. However, the batter was a bit too salty and even dipping in the tzatziki didn't help. For my entree, I choose the roast lamb, which was excellent. The lamb was tender and moist with plenty of garlic flavour. The vegetable briami and rice were pretty standard, nothing much to say about them. However, the potato was a bit hard and lacked lemon flavour. I substituted my Greek salad for a Caesar salad and it was pretty good since the romaine was still crunchy and it was not slathered in too much dressing.
Another person at the table had Spanakopita for her appetizer and it was the size of an entree. It was very good being flaky and filled with plenty of spinach and cheese. For her entree, she had the Mousaka and it was the largest portion of Mousaka we've ever seen, it was packed with meat, zucchini, eggplant, potatoes and a hefty layer of Bechamel on top. The service at Stepho's is average, you can get lucky and it's pretty good, or otherwise it's a bit indifferent. It's not excellent service, but it's not as bad as some other people have remarked. On past visits, we have never been disappointed with the food or service. It may not be the best Greek food in town, but it's definitely the best combination of taste, portion size, and price. The only downside to Stepho's would be the lineups and lack of parking. You can avoid the lineups if you show up for lunch right when it opens at 11:30 and arrive for dinner before 5pm.
- Food is good for the price, since some items are definitely average
- Portions are large
- Prices are reasonable
- Huge lineups
- Hard to find parking on Davie Street
- The dining room is cramped
1124 Davie Street