Address: 456 Danforth Ave
Price Range: $10~15
1: Poor 2: OK 3: Good 4: Very Good 5: Excellent
* Open for lunch & dinner
* Open 7 days a week
One foodie tip I continuously follow is that when I meet someone from different culture, I always ask them what they think is the best/authentic restaurant in town. I've done this for as long as I can remember, and it usually guides me toward the right direction. Sure, there were couple times where it was a miss, but most of the time- I can depend on them.
Also, if you ever ask this question, people are usually very happy to answer you. They usually like the fact that you are interested in their cuisine and wants to explore into it. Anyways, I say this because I found out about this restaurant through a co-worker who's Greek. He told me that he thinks they serve the most authentic Greek food in Toronto and that was enough to convince me. If you know me, you know I don't like half-assed fusion food!
On a slow monday afternoon, I dropped by Mezes to check out their food. I did arrive a little later in the afternoon around 1:30PM and the restaurant was pretty empty. We were seated by the window which was awesome cause it was a nice, sunny day!
Once you walk into the restaurant, you can def feel touches of Greece here and there. I loved the colorful details along the wall and details with interior design.
Their menu is quite long given that you can order from their dinner menu as well.
Ordered: Kria Poikilia (small) 4/5
* 4 types of dip: Tzatziki, Taramosalata, Homous and Melitzanosalata served with pita bread for $8.95
* I love it when they have platters like this so I get to try more things
* Tzatziki was super fresh and not too sour, just the right amount of creaminess of the yogurt with refreshing cucumber scent and lots of garlic
* It was my first time trying Taramosalata Dip which is a red caviar dip with purred potatoes, extra virgin olive oil and lemon
* Taramosalata dip was probably my least favorite, it was good but I didn't like the starchy taste from the potato (almost like light potato salad)
* Homous was thick and bursting with flavors of onion and garlic
* Melitzanosalata Dip is made with baked eggplant, onion, garlic and extra virgin olive oil
* This dip tasted like light veggie dip which went perfectly with the pita bread
* This was served with 2 garlic pita bread, it was warm and cut into 4 pieces
* I could have used more pita bread since there was so much dip
* Flavorful Kefalograviera cheese pan-browned and then flambeed with brandy for $9.95
* Does not include pita bread ( need to order one as a side)
* I've tried this at other locations, but never a proper one where they actually flambeed it properly at your table!
* Cheese is very much like mozarella cheese but less stringly, lighter and has much more flavor
* For it's price, the portion is quite small- but in this case, I appreciated the quality over quality.
* I just topped the garlic pita bread with some cheese and it was delicious!
* Even with the pita bread, it is a little salty but overall, it's just cheesy goodness in your mouth!
Ordered: Kalamari 5/5
* Plate of deep fried kalamari served with Tzatziki dip for $12.95
* One of the best I've ever had!! and I am quite picky with these
* They use bigger kalamari that is super fresh
* Batter is very light and it doesn't overpower the kalamari
* Their Tzatziki dip is SO good I completely over-loaded on them (heaven)
* This is a big dish so it would be good shared as an appetizer
* Must Get when you visit
* Meal size Lentil soup with vegetables, fresh herbs, extra virgin olive oil and lemon for $7.45
* My mom wanted soup so we ordered this but I am just not a big fan of lentil
* But I did try some and it is very tasty- I just wouldn't choose to order it as my main dish
* It is a good vegetarian option if you want something healthy
* It's served with piece of bread that's dipped in some kind of seasoning but it was rock hard!!
* Filled with lots of lentil...as you can see (too healthy for me)
Ordered: Lamb Souvlaki Dinner 4/5
* Lamb Souvlaki served with rice, salad and roast potatoes for $19.95
* They ask you how you like the lamb cooked, I asked for medium rare
* Given it's price and how it is a dinner plate, it is big in portion
* I was surprised to see how the salad wasn't your typical Greek salad with the chopped up cucumber and tomato pieces? (which I would have preferred if there was a option)
* Rice was light and roasted potatoes were cooked perfectly, fluffy!
* There was about 5~6 big chunks of the lamb which was cooked just right
* The meat had bit of fat on them which I liked so that it's not too dry
* It's also served with side of Tzatziki dip (can't get enough!!)
* Another solid dish!
Summary: I love Mezes, they serve simple Greek food- nothing fancy and that's what I enjoy. They stick to what they know and everything tastes super fresh and the strong flavors just makes it better. I think I found my favorite Greek spot in Toronto, I am def going back to try other items from the menu.