We meant to go to ABC Restaurant next door, but decided to take the kids for Greek food instead. We sat outside in the beautiful patio, where we learned the owners grew fresh herbs in the garden along with all the pretty plants and flowers. We ordered saganaki, which the server lit up in front of our delighted kids. We also had grilled calamari - the best grilled calamari we've tried - they were so tender and tasty that my 4 & 5 y.o. boys even loved it....they usually would not eat food that would be "yucky" like squid. Our entree was a shared platter for 2 that included whole wheat pita bread, greek salad loaded with fresh feta, 4 spanakopitas, wild salmon souvlaki, lamb souvlaki, rice, roasted potatoes, and ech mech for dessert (all for $36). My husband & I were absolutely stuffed, and had to take home leftovers. We'll definitely return for more dinners here.
Kefi's is a restaurant I visit often. I find the food more original than other Greek restaurants and perhaps it is the home-cooked goodness that I enjoy. It is a younger restaurant in Coquitlam and though they are very accommodating, sometimes they are not prepared for the numbers that show up, so I am patient - it is not a fast food experience - the food is very fresh. The ambiance is pretty good considering they are located just off Lougheed Hwy.
I, too, have driven by this place on the highway many times and finally decided to take the plunge. The waitress was very nice ... and so was the atmosphere ...
however, we ordered tea, and I don't know what brand they use but the flavor was awful - and the water not very hot.
For an appy, we tried the 4 dip plate ... it was ok, but not enough bread
For dinner, we shared the seafood soulvaki ... the fish was delicious, but the vegetables were not. The mashed potatoes were bland, and the green beans were odd tasting. We finally squeezed lemon over all and that zipped up the flavor.
For dessert we tried their echmeck ... darn - John's Taverna in Surrey has spoiled me!
We go to Kefi whenever we can because it reminds my spouse of Greece - real Greek food, not the cookie-cutter stuff you can find anywhere else. The family that runs the place provides great personal service, and tries to make sure that everything is to the customer's satisfaction. I'm fussy because of food allergies, and they bend over backwards to substitute things to accommodate me. And their desserts are made on the premises, which is why a couple of them take so long to come out after dinner: they're making them from scratch in the kitchen.
After a friend recommended the place to me I invited my friends to come with and try the place out. The dishes were fairly expensive for the amount of food on the plates and considering the potatoes and rice were cold. It can be fairly loud in the place and the service is impersonal. overall a mediocre place with mediocre food.
We have been here a very long time ago, but decided to give them another chance, meaning that this is my second dissapointment here at Kefi. i remember that the first time we had ordered roast lamb dinners, and the sides were terrible, but the lamb itself was great. Same thing this time. The calamaria is reasonable for its price, but the taste is mediocre. The rice is extremly wet, and cold; taste is also mediocre. The roasted potatoes were burnt. To add to this, their meals do not come wit vegetables ... only a side of greek salad. So, of the roast lamb dinner, only the roast lamb was tasty. Wine is not special at all, very simple. As for the sever, she treated me like i did not know what greek food is, and I have been to countless greek restaurants. The ambiance is plain and boring; they hav plants between every table and when moving out of the chair or takign off a jacket, the plant is always in the way. I do have to say that the patio is very beautiful, but too bad that it is directly in front of a very busy and dusty freeway.
I tried Kefi for a late afternoon "lunch". It was not busy at that time of day, except for a large group of what looked like real estate ladies. They were not particularly loud, but the place is badly sound dampened and their voices echoed end to end. This place must be unbearably noisy when it's busy. Lots of light from the windows for a lone diner to read by, though the only "view" is of asphalt. Can't be helped. It's the big-box store region of the burbs after all.
The food was as good as any Greek food generally is. The lunch special was a bargain; soup, pork souvlaki (unusual in itself), and the standard lemon roasted potatoes. No complaints. But the star has to be that whole wheat pita. Remarkable! I can't believe how much of a difference that makes to a typical Greek meal. Since the rest of the food is acceptable, I will definitely be back for that pita.
Service was warm and friendly. The lady who served me could have been the owner? She was visibly gratified that I was so enamoured with the whole wheat pita. Thanks, Kefi, for a healthful change to an otherwise predictable cuisine.
First of all my first clue should have been that my fiancé and I were the only people there at
5pm on a Sunday...anyways though we would give it a chance-big mistake!!!
I ordered the halibut souvlaki which the server told my was amazing and always so fresh! Waited 45 minutes and the rice and potatoes were cold, halibut dry and overlooked on my first bite, then on my second bite I almost threw up it was so rotten and mushy and foul in odor!! This place is nasty!!! The waitress said she ate that for breakfast and hopes she doesn't get sick-bullshit you did that was the most disgusting thing I have ever eaten in my life, my fiancé could smell it and lost his appetite right away. She still charges us for his dish which he had a couple bites from and we left, absolutely awful experience we will never return!!!!! Also she was condescending when she refilled my Pepsi, asked me to finish up the last couple sips before she would take my glass and then made a joke that she was "cheap" I was like and I in kindergarten?!? Anyways I strongly caution if your feeling like Greek, run the other way from this place, I wouldn't be surprised if the good reviews are from people who work there trying to keep up the reputation as we were the only suckers to venture in there on a Sunday at dinner time! Still trying to get the foul rotten fish taste out of my mouth...BEWARE!!!
We recently ate at Kefi Greek Kouzina, in Coquitlam. The food was fairly good, however, the rice was not hot.
The prices were slightly higher than most greek restaurants.
It was a little loud there. The bar is very close to the seating and the noise level from the bar is a little too much. If you go there, do ask to be seated as far from the bar as possible!
I found it a little odd, as we both ordered meals and we both were to each recieve a salad. When the salad came we were told that it was a salad to share. Why did we not get our own bowls? Now here we were dividing it up onto our side plates. Very unusual!!!!
Then, when our tzanziki came, we only got 1 very small container, but we got our 1 pita bread each. I had to ask for our the second tzanziki. Again, very odd! Why would we only get 1 small portion of tzanziki when each of our meals came with bread and tzanziki.
Futhermore, my water should have been refilled and it wasn't!
I may give it one more chance????
My Partner and i were out in Coquitlam for dinner, and felt like Greek. So we decided to try out Kefi. We hearld it was good by some friends of ours. It was a friday nite and the place was busy. We ordered 2 appys and it took forever!!. A good 30 mins tops, For calamari and greek salad. The calamari was very over cooked and swimming in oil. I sampled the greek salad that was oily and slimy. On to the mains 2 roasted lambs. Warning never order this on a busy day, it took close to an hour for our mains to come to the table. And not once did the waitress come over and refill our drinks. The lamb was awful. Over cooked very tough and not folk tender. As mentioned it would be. Maybe next time we will go downtown and go to Takis.
Although the other 2 reviews seem quite negative, I must say this is not the experience I have ever had at Kefi, having been there quite a few times.
First of all, the shared greek salad - in true greek style although when I went to Greece they didn't give us small plates, we just snacked out of the communal bowl. I think this is one of the only places in Vancouver where I've had greek salad made with OLIVE OIL, not some premade, often canola oil based "greek dressing". Or with a chewable amount of feta cheese.
Main course: I would argue this is the best roast lamb in the lower mainland - it's definitely worth the wait - big portion though so bring your appetite.
I've also had a few things that were on seasonal sheets (great pasticcio among other things). Really though, you should be be having the roast lamb.
For dessert, ask for ekmek (spelling?). Light and tasty.
And after dessert, it's nice to be somewhere where they don't just bring the bill the instant you place the last bite in your mouth, and then stare at you until you pack up and leave. Great ambiance, nice non-kitschy greek decor, and easy going greek love of food evident.
One of my friends recommended it...don't know exactly.
lets start with the wobbly tables everytime i went to cut something i was worried my knife would slip and cut me. the restaurant also has a weird smell to it. we started with calamari which was decent portion could've been a bit bigger. i got the seafood souvlaki which was pretty good except for the mash potatoes that tasted like grass and the mushy beans that offered nothing. my friends seemed satisfied with their meals except for the luke warm sides that accompanied the dish. i also overheard some loud yelling/talking? in greek coming from the kitchen which to me screams unprofessional. the service was excellent our server was very knowledgeable of the menu, which we all appreciated. the prices of the dishes seemed a unusually high, seemed a bit unnecessary under the circumstances of location and quality of food.
First, I love the food. Kefi takes time to make it's food in traditional ways. From slow cooking the lamb, to making the traditional desserts in house. Second, I love the people. The owners greet you like family, not my family, but like a warm, loving, great family. And finally, the blue sky, the blue water & the naked statues. Why would anyone leave Greece?
I love this place! Not your typical greek restaurant. They've taken things a step further and changed things up a bit by offering different sides with all their meals. Not the usual rice and potatoes like everywhere else. The best are their green beans they serve with the calamari... in a red sauce with chopped nuts mmm. Plus they're always accomodating to substitutions with no hassle. Service can be a bit unpredictable, but it's understandable with young people these days, but the management is always cheery. Ambiance and lighting is nice, I especially like the uniquely lit ceiling. A nice place to go for a date.
I've been to lots of greek restaurants, but this one is excellent. Room is very nice, staff attentive, and the food is amazing. Souvlaki is tender and not over cooked, potatoes are perfectly lemony, and an interesting touch is they serve whole-wheat pita (never seen it elsewhere).
The prices are great too, recent lunch special was soup,pork tenderloin souvlaki, greek salad, lemon potatoes, risoto, and pita all for $8.