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Review of Grecos in Kingston, Ontario

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Simon's background is in biomedical and health science. He also writes about fashion, nature, and photography.

Dining Space Inside Grecos

Dining Space Inside Grecos

Not Completely Impressed

Grecos opened its doors in 1992. Since then, it has become a popular downtown Greek eatery famous for its lamb, Saganaki, and souvlaki. Their atmosphere is bright and comfortable, with a white, green and wooden brown colour scheme. The white table cloths add a touch of class as do the wine glasses.

I visited Grecos in April 2018 with a small group of friends. I decided to order something I hadn't tried—the moussaka. This is a dish with alternate layers of potatoes, eggplant and ground beef topped with béchamel sauce. It was served with salad, rice and potatoes. The salad was the only part of the dish that I liked. The rice was just mediocre. The potatoes were a bit too sour for me. And the moussaka was just plain to me. I wasn't impressed with my order. My friends enjoyed their meals. Unfortunately, I didn't. I think I will order the Shish Kebab next time.

Their service, however, was great, very attentive and efficient. Their washrooms are nice, clean and well-stocked. Unfortunately, there was no data for their health inspection, so I didn't know how they did. Overall, the moussaka was a miss. I would recommend Grecos but not the moussaka.

A Bit of History

Gus Kofinis and his son, Jimmy, operate Grecos on Princess in Kingston, Ontario. Before Grecos, the Kofinis family ran Costello's, a road house-style restaurant. Going back even further to the very beginning in 1974, the family-owned The Tropicana, which was a short-order establishment.

The Atmosphere

Grecos is a medium-sized restaurant with an oblong configuration. Their walls are white, with wooden trim and dark hunter green accents. Beautiful photos of Greece also decorate the walls. Tables are covered with elegant white table cloths that nicely contrast with the darker brown wooden chairs. The settings are quite formal with wine glasses. There is ample lighting coming from pendant fixtures and sconces along the walls.

Overall, the space is inviting and comfortable.

The Food

I was with a small group of friends when we visited Grecos in April 2018. There were six of us all together. Some of us ordered souvlaki, others ordered Shish Kebab. I decided to try something new and ordered the moussaka. This popular Greek dish has alternate layers of potato, eggplant, and ground beef, topped with béchamel (white sauce). It is served with salad, rice and potatoes.

Moussaka Served With Salad, Rice and Potatoes

Moussaka Served With Salad, Rice and Potatoes

The Taste

I tried the salad component of my dish first. It had romaine lettuce, tomatoes, red cabbage and red onions topped with a creamy dressing, which I didn't know the name of. I thought the salad was quite good. The potatoes were a bit too sour for me. I assume they marinated it with lemon or vinegar. The rice was not too bad, but not too exciting either. The moussaka was, for me, disappointing. I didn't enjoy the flavours. The béchamel sauce, which should have added a punch, seemed lost in the dish. There were also too many potatoes and not enough beef.

My friends seemed to enjoy their food. I just didn't enjoy mine as much. I think I will order something different the next time I'm here.

The Service

There were in total only two waiters in the whole restaurant. It was also very busy, however, the waiters did a good job of staying on top of things. Except for two brief interruptions, when the waiter had to go and flame the Saganaki at another table, our waiter was quite attentive. We were served bread and butter as we waited for our food. The food was brought out fairly quickly. We didn't have to wait too long.

Overall, the waiter was friendly, attentive and efficient.

The Washroom

The state of a restaurant's washroom is an indication of their cleanliness and attention to detail. I checked out Grecos washroom during my visit. I was pleased with what I saw. Their washroom was clean and well stocked. The appearance was also very good--it didn't look run down. I give their washroom a pass!

Grecos' Washroom

Washrooms Were Clean and Well-Stocked

Washrooms Were Clean and Well-Stocked

Inspection Results

The Public Health Unit of Kingston has a website where they post health inspection results of food facilities. I went on there to see how Grecos did on their last inspection. The website states that Grecos' last inspection was on December 12, 2017. However, no details of the results were shown. This means I have no idea how they did.

Comments

Simon Lam (author) on May 06, 2018:

Hi gs!

Thank you for your comment! Yes, the moussaka was a let down. Perhaps they have a new chef. Anyways, Grecos is still a very popular place for Greek food. I think I will try the Shish Kebab next time!

Take care!

gs on May 06, 2018:

Hello Simon

I read your review of Greco's restaurant. For the most part I would agree with your assessment of the food. I had the Moussaka too. The Mousaka didn't taste as good as when I first had it about 15 years ago. The cheese on top did not look appealing. I found the salad, potatoes and rice was above average. I would recommend Greco's to all your readers.

Simon Lam (author) on May 03, 2018:

Hi Mary!

Thank you for checking out my review! You should come to Kingston for a visit this summer. You'll see many different ethnic restaurants from Greek to Indian to Vietnamese.

Take care!

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on May 03, 2018:

Interesting review. We used to go to Kingston but we have not been there for awhile. I think it is good to have several ethnic restaurants in a city.