Smörgåsbord – Mamakas Tavern


I am terrible these days for going out to try new restaurants and either just not taking photos or taking a pile and never uploading the things. So hurrah that it’s only taken me about a month to remember that we had a fantastic meal at Mamakas Tavern.

Mamakas is a fresh take on Greek cuisine, and it’s being touted as the best Greek restaurant in Toronto. It’s certainly a few steps up from the tired pile o’ dips and sad souvlaki typically found on the Danforth, and it’s scored fantastic reviews from both The Star and The Globe in the past few months. Which is why the place was packed on a Tuesday night.

Chef Chris Kalisperas and owner Thanos Tripi keep the menu innovative and fresh, based on what is good that week – many things we had (below) or that were on the menu during our visit have since been replaced with other dishes.

Enjoyed it very much, stoked to go back.

Above: A Mataxa Mule cocktail with Metaxa 7, ginger beer, lemon and lime, and cardamom bitters.

Potato croquettes in a spicy red pepper sauce.
Monforte Halloumi cheese with wild grapes, basil and pistachio.
Imam Bayildi – roasted eggplant with tomato, onion, chili and walnut. Served with purslane salad.
Rodi salad – pomegranate, freeka, cilantro, parsley, pine nut. Topped with buffalo yogurt.
Vegetarian Mousakas – potato, eggplant, zucchini, tomato. We’d come back for this, if nothing else. Superb.
Gorgeous baklava with milk & honey ice cream.