Owned and operated by the owner of Amorosa Pasta House, this restaurant serves up fine greek cuisine including their unique calamari caesar salad.
Been here twice. They always start us off w/ comp warm pita @ hummus. Yum, especially when u're starving.
Their food is good. We've tried fried calamari: lightly crispy and tasty. Their spinach "spring roll" was not my thing cuz they used feta cheese or some sort. The spicy chicken ceasar salad is recommended: tasty, a lil spicy and goes well w/ the salad. The calamari w/ ceasar salad tasted like Chinese food which I didn't mind. Their garlic shrimp dinner (inc/ rice, veg & potato) was yummy. A friend ordered the salmon dinner and it was huge. I forgot to ask if it was good or not.
I'm not into Greek food but this an exception.
We enjoyed the calamari and meatball dishes very much. Service was also pretty good and the value is definitely there. But the place was really, really noisy. And there is one thing I wish to point out, though, about using an Entertainment Book coupon. The waiter explained that the total final bill has to exceed a certain amount if we wished to use the coupon, which meant we had to order more than we could finish. I understand the restaurant has every right to set its rules regarding the use of coupons, but it would be nice if things are kept simpler. For example, just cap the discount amount at, say, $10.00 instead of $14.00, rather than make your customers order more than they want to. And also, the $14.00 discount turned out to be something like $13.29 because the tax is included in the discount. Well, no one is going to make a big fuss about the 79 cents difference, but it does not leave a very good impression. Just a suggestion from an otherwise satisfied customer.
like the other reviews say i have to agree the portion of the Kelftico is quite large, enough for 2 people to share. The meat is very, very tender but personally i think it could use a bit more flavour. also tried their moussaka and it was pretty good, but tastes even better the next day as leftovers.
I was there for dinner the other night with a group of friends.
When we arrived the staff was initially visibly annoyed that we hadn't made a reservation. However, they quickly set up some tables for us (it's not as if the restaurant was anywhere close to full)
and were completely friendly and cheerful after that. Our server was pleasant, efficient, quick to respond to requests, and displayed a sense of humour.
I had the calamari dinner, as did three others, and we found it much too salty. I'd never had salty calamari before. I ate approximately half of it and required three glasses of water. The servings were large and if the taste had been better it would have been good value for the money.
The restaurant itself was so noisy we could hardly hear each others' conversations. You could constantly hear the chairs scraping loudly on the floor, which required everyone to speak in louder voices throughout the restaurant.
I had a Chicken Souvlaki with caesar salad, and enjoyed it a lot. Portion size were large, and food was definitely delicious, especially their Caesar salad. Service was good, attentive and friendly. Restaurant had a nice, contemporary feel with some decent background music, a great place for a casual, romantic dining experience with a loved one.
We have been to Santali's several times now andhave been pleased every time. Our boys especially enjoy the lamb roast. We always walk away satisfied and with left overs. A bonus. When we go for Greek, we go here.
We stopped in early the other night to give this place a try...we had had a very good meal in the Italian restaurant next door and had heard they were run by the same group.
Very attentive, and pleasent servers.
We agree with other reviewers abut the good food, ambience, and parking. The place looks new inside...perhaps just redone?
We ordered the appetizer calamari as a test along with the bean soup. The soup was a disappointment. It was thin and basically flavourless. The calamari was a hit. Light and not overcooked. Very nice elegant serving dishes.
We both ordered the Kelftico (lamb shoulder). It took 2 servers to carry the plates to the table...the portion of lamb on each plate was the equivelant of what other restaurants would serve 2 people. Very good, but a huge portion.
We'll do it again to ensure this wasn't a one time thing. Stay tuned.
Went to catch some dinner before a movie. Service was great. Water arrived within seconds of sitting down for us. Many waitresses came to assist us. always greeted with smile. The prices were very reasonable. And the portions were quite decent. The cheesecake was just amazingly delicious. it was warm, wrapped in filo, and melted in your mouth. Would return here again. Just finding parking was a bit difficult. very little street parking, and it's near a long corner (bend), and a hard to find back alley.
I have to say..ive been to this resturant about 10 times, ive eaten the same thing 8-10 times...its so good. I have the Lamb shoulder with rice,It falls off the bone and is so good it keeps bring me back..and the calamari is very good as well. I will be back soon for more lamb.
Good restaurant to try if Amorosa is too busy next door. There are better greek restaurants around but this one isn't too shabby. It is a newly opened restaurant so decor is second to none. More of a modern greek ambiance rather than a traditional greek. Try to get a seat next to the plasma tv (but don't watch the Canucks as they'll ruin your dinner).
Food is solid, although I was a little disappointed with the dolmathes. Flavor was there, just a bit skinny in size. Prices are higher than Stephos but then again, most greek places are. Try their calamari caesar salad, has a little spicyness to it, pretty interesting.
First time and won't go back. Cost me $16 for what I would get for $8.95 at Greek Taverna on Columbia St and their food tastes so much better - restaurant is nicer, has a great view of the river... Santali's is a 3 dressed up as a 9 unfortunately. Had the Calamari lunch - Calamari was fresh and well prepared, but the tzitki was so thick and hard I had to soften it with some sour cream - taking away it's flavour - or maybe I should have spread it with a knife onto each of my little pieces of squid? Rice - blah, Potato - blah, came with a piece of brocolli, zuccini and a carrot that were cooked right. 1/2 a slice of pita - no big deal, can't dip it into the Tziki anyways... Oh comes with Garden Salad or Caesar Salad - that should have been my first clue that this would not be good greek had to pay extra to have a greek salad with my greek meal - doesn't sound right? Overall, just not impressed - too bad cause it's just around the corner and on my way home from work. Greek Taverna or Mr. Greek in Maillardville, there are just too many that do it right and reasonable. I just feel I spent twice the money for no value. Service was, fast, friendly, professional.
It's interesting how this place is right next to the Amorosa Pasta house which in the evenings gets quite busy and yet this decent Greek restaurant is almost empty. I've come here a few times now and the food is really good. Both the lamb and seafood dishes are really good and the lamb special I think on fridays is a great deal for a big portion of lamb. I guess people in the area just prefer to go out for Italian.
For a belated valentine treat, we decided to try Santali, which is only blocks from our home. We wish we had done so long ago!
While we were concerned that we would not be able to find parking - and certainly not handicapped parking - if one drives around to 19th street and enters from the driveway there are many spaces behind the restaurant. The restaurant and the Italian one beside it are located in an awkward portion of Edmonds Street, but the space has been managed well. Parking really was okay.
We were pleasantly surprised at the welcoming ambiance and attractive décor once one steps off Edmonds Street into Santali's. The rooms are clean, tidy and tastefully decorated without clutter. There is room for tables to be placed far enough apart that one does not feel as if dining back to back with those at the table behind.
The food was more than ample, nicely prepared, and fresh. We both had the lamb shoulder and found it moist and nicely seasoned. The pre dinner salad was accompanied by warm, soft pita bread, and the vegetables with the dinner were perfectly cooked. The potato was not what I have grown to expect as traditional roasted Greek potato, but was nicely seasoned, moist and a good accompaniment to the lamb along with the rice. Oh, yes, the rice! It was moist, and actually flavorful! – Not the tasteless rice that often is served with lamb. It had a slightly buttery flavor and I ate at least half of it, whereas I usually leave the rice on the plate. The tzatziki was particularly tasty and we made sure to save some to brighten up our leftover lamb and rice lunch tomorrow. No room for dessert!
Wait staff were appropriate, on the job, and pleasant without being intrusive. Prices were average, and we both felt as if we received very good value for our money.
We will definitely be back, and will recommend Santali to others.
Had dinner here last night. I had the moussaka meal. Dinner companion had soup (lemon egg soup), calamari appetizer, and spinach roll appetizer. My moussaka was piping hot! Greek salad was delicious. Accompaniments (rice, potato, vegetables) were tasty, hot, flavourful. Companion's meal was delicious by her account. Soup was flavourful. Calamari was tasty - not too much breading. Spinach roll was served with tzatziki, black olives, and a sweet chili sauce. Yum! We both also had the baklava desert which came with vanilla & chocolate sauce. Very rich. Very sweet. Very tasty! Parking is a little tight here, but we managed. Restaurant was very clean, very nicely decorated. Music was softly playing in background, not blaring. Food was hot and tasty. Service was attentive, unobtrusive. Server was great. Good value for the money and a definite place I'd return to.
Went with a group on a weeknight when it was pretty quiet. The restaurant is pretty nice as far as Greek restaurants go. The service was fine and the portions aren't bad. I had the Kleftiko (lamb shoulder). It was a decent portion but wasn't freshly cooked. It had simply been reheated and it wasn't heated right through. There was a lot of fat in it (it was stone cold and put me off) and it was unappealing because it was not freshly cooked. One who expect something a bit better for $16. Maybe they should just offer it on the weekends if they can't cook it fresh to order.
I love Greek food, but this was the worst Greek place I've eaten at. They really like their deep fryer. To begin with the restaurant itself is cold and echoey. It was noisy and there were only a few groups there. We had the Saganaki to start (baked cheese), and I don't know if it was deep fried, but it appeared battered and deep fried. The raspberry sauce with it was a nice touch, though. My husband and I both love Saganaki but we didn't even finish it. Usually Saganaki is served in a sizzling hot dish but here it was served on a plate, and that really made a difference as it just isn't as nice when it's not hot. At Santali, it got cold fast.
As a vegetarian, I was disappointed to learn there were almost no vegetarian options on the menu besides the hummous, Spanakopita (spinach pie) and salad (there are a few fish and seafood dishes). Even the rice appears to be cooked in chicken broth. The vegetables were unappetizing and looked boiled rather than grilled.
Worst of all, the Spanakopita here is DEEP FRIED. Phllyo pastry is already loaded with butter, so deep frying just makes the dish all that more unhealthy. The spinach pie at Santai is tube-like, deep fried, sliced in half and served with a sweet chili dipping sauce. The dipping sauce was pretty good. Overall it was more like spring rolls than traditional Spanakopita. But it was sooo rich and greasy it turned my stomach. Oh, and cooked spinach isn't the most attractive-looking food, so cutting the rolls in half and exposing a big mass of it looked quite gross.
My husband did enjoy his scallop souvlaki, but he didn't like the rice and vegetables either. Overall, thumbs down and we would not return. Ramie's on Kingsway near Metrotown is a better option for Greek food in Burnaby, and I even enjoyed the much-maligned Vasilis better than this restaurant.
The decor of the place was contemporary and not much greek-ness to the place that is common with many other greek restaurants. They menu is quite limited, mostly the common souvlakis and a few others. I had the lamb shoulder and callamari. The lamb shoulder was tender and actually did fall right off the bone. Very good. The callamari, although they gave an abundance of, was mostly batter, but it was fine. One quam i had was the wait time, it was saturday evening and we waited about almost an hour and a half for our entrees to arrive and the restaurant wasn't that busy. The food is good and relatively inexpensive to other greek restaurants, i'd advise going to this place on another evening when they don't take so long, or if you're willing to wait. I will not return, as it was an okay experience, but not worth a return visit.