Not sure how I had not noticed this place for so long. Maybe the name threw me. Wouldn't you assume that this is a Greek cafe? When I finally looked at the menu on Google, I realized that they were serving some pretty creative items and it is more of a breakfast-to-lunch type eatery.
Located in a strip mall east of 200th on Willowbrook Drive, it's not much to look at from the outside. All that changes when you get inside. Mind you, getting inside can be a bit challenging as they don't take reservations here and this place was busy on Sunday morning at 10:00 am. Fortunately, they will take your name and number at the door and text you when a table is ready. They told us 25 minutes but it was closer to 15. By the time we left, the line of people who chose to stand outside and wait was significant. Plan accordingly.
So they serve a lot of the expected dishes like bennies (although some with pretty creative twists), pancakes, pasta, burgers and sandwiches. They also delve into the less known like Chicken Toast. Really just a riff on chicken and waffles but we loved the slight variation, the fruit on the side and even pickled onions. The chicken was perfect but my wife found the 5 spice flavour (we think that is what it was) a little off-putting. Still, a very good meal.
We also were intrigued by and ordered the Japanese Style Omurice. Interestingly this was served with a tasty farmer's style sausage which was pretty lean and had a good slightly chunky texture and flavour. The egg itself is a kind of swirled omelet (look it up on You Tube) affair over a pile of saffron rice and vegetables. It was all served with their demi-glace gravy which was strong and beefy! Wonderful!
We also ordered Locomoco to go. This is a dish that is Hawaiian in origin and we have had it only once before (haven't been to Hawaii since 1984!). A lot of the same elements as the Omurice but with a tasty beefy hamburger patty, cheese and a fried egg.So we love the variety on this menu. This place is Korean run (I asked) and that's why we see that bit of fusion.
Again, you're going to find this place pretty busy. Plan to spend some time browsing in the Dollar Store or Staples. Still, we think it was worth the wait! The staff were very friendly and attentive and the kitchen got things done pretty quickly. This is worth a visit if you want to brunch with friends or are just looking for a very good lunch.
Food 4 out of 5
Comfort 4 out of 5
Service 4 1/2 out of 5
Value 4 out of 5
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