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Megas Restaurant

402 Danforth Ave.
(647) 361-5853
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Relax at Megas in a warm and friendly environment, where the ambiance of great aromas will encompass your senses. Their chefs create a variety of classic yet modern Greek temptations to indulge your taste buds with contemporary flavours and spices with each order served by the experienced and attentive staff. Whether you're in the mood for a classic souvlaki, fresh char-boiled seafood or a large range of quintessential Greek dishes sprinkled with herbs, Megas is the perfect combination of great food, great times and great friends. Enjoy yourself in the spacious and lively atmosphere, with live music every Friday night. Treat yourself to a new and exciting dining experience at Megas!
  • Join us every Sunday for Live Greek Rempetiko Music!Starting at 7:30pm to 11:30pm!
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  • Daily Lunch Special
    Greek Salad or Soup & a Main Entree.
    Starting at $9.95
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By Stephanie Dickison, reviewed on September 30, 2008

The Danforth is jam-packed with Greek restaurants, so how do you choose?
For authentic Greek fare, go to Megas Restaurant. For eleven years, it has been owned and operated by the Kostis family, originally from the Thessaloniki region. Daughter Katia and her...

The Danforth is jam-packed with Greek restaurants, so how do you choose?
For authentic Greek fare, go to Megas Restaurant. For eleven years, it has been owned and operated by the Kostis family, originally from the Thessaloniki region. Daughter Katia and her brother Kostas run the front of the house, while Dad works in the kitchen and Mom can be found in the office.

It's nice to see a family-run business in amongst the chains, especially here on the Danforth when you are in the mood for a comforting and leisurely meal.

Here at Megas, "Very fresh seafood is delivered daily from Greece," says Katia, "snapper, sea bass, whiting." Whole char-broiled fish is available every day as are other seafood entrees and appetizers.

There are also daily specials to be had alongside the offerings on the regular menu.
Whatever you may be craving, you'll find it at Megas; there is chicken, lamb, pastas, salads, dips, souvlaki and seafood platters - just to mention a few.

Katia says that people love the Exohiko Lamb ($14.95) which is tender chunks of lamb mixed with Feta and Romano cheese and wrapped in fillo pastry. Moussaka ($13.95) is also wildly popular and is made daily - layers of pan-fried eggplant, potatoes and ground beef are topped with a creamy Béchamel sauce, making it a hearty and satisfying choice for lunch or dinner. The most expensive entree is $24.95, with most ranging from $10.95 to $17.95.
Also made in-house are the Greek desserts, some of which I cannot pronounce like the baked custard and fillo, Galaktoboureko ($4.95) and the Bougatsa ($4.95), a cream pie baked fresh in the oven.

To accompany your meal, take a look at their Greek wines-they even have an organic Greek wine available! The meal begins with fresh in-house baked bread arriving at the table still warm and dense with a crisp crust.

Greek Salad (sm: $6.95 lg: $9.95) features the usual suspects of iceberg lettuce, tomatoes, cucumbers, green peppers, onions, feta, oregano and black olives, but it's their homemade creamy oil and vinegar dressing that sets it apart from the rest of the crowd.

For appetizers, I indulge in Dolmades ($8.95) - tender vine leaves stuffed with fresh minced veal and rice then topped with a rich egg and lemon sauce. Basic ingredients are transformed into an enticing combination.

I partake in the "any 3 combination" of the dips and cold appetizers for $12.95 (or $5.95 each) and get Taramosalata (Greek caviar spread), Humus (chickpeas, tahini, olive oil and garlic) and Melitzano (eggplant puree with garlic and olive oil). It comes with 2 pitas, but here's something I've never seen before - you can request fried pita, which adds a little something different to the plate. Somewhere between a pita and a fritter, this guilty pleasure allows the flavours of the dips to come through while adding a nice, unexpected crunch. The dips are all creamy and rich without being too garlicky or gimmicky. Their Taramosalata is the least fishy I've ever had - and thus, my favourite.
For dinner, I have the two daily specials - Chicken Krasato ($12.95) and Roast Leg of Lamb ($18.95).

The chicken is a huge leg that is done like a lamb shank - simmered in a mild tomato sauce until the meat is softened. I question Katia twice on whether it is indeed chicken as it's the size of a turkey, but she assures me this Flintstone-sized part is indeed chicken. The dark meat flakes off the bone and I sop up the sauce with large roast potatoes and thick slices of grilled zucchini, eggplant and a whole red Shepherd pepper.

The leg of lamb is sliced and has a bold, fresh taste, thanks to being Canadian Halal meat. Don't be alarmed by the bits of fat - that's for flavouring and is also a greasy treat. The same sides accompany the lamb that came with the chicken.

Upon finishing my meal I feel like while I haven't actually been to Greece, at least I've had a taste of it.

Megas is open for lunch and dinner. On the weekends sometimes a Greek omlette is available, making it a good stop for brunch before walking and shopping along the street. There is live Greek music every Friday night, and join them on the patio and enjoy the Greek parade happening October 26th.

With 2 banquet halls, private dining, group meetings/ function area and catering available, you can come and experience authentic Greek fare whether it's just the 2 of you or you and 100 of your friends.

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