Mad Greek Restaurant serves authentic Greek restaurant in a cozy atmosphere. Plenty of parking.
Happy to have a nice Greek restaurant in the area. Does not look much on the outside but on the inside is nice and warm. I love their Calamari and Lamb and Baklava. Service is friendly and casual. I would recommend it to others for as a lunch stop. It has potential for romantic dates. Love the Greek Music in the background. Will go back.
Had dinner with my wife and daughter and the server was too slow. For some reason, she is obviously serving other tables ahead of us. We waited over 20minutes just to have water and dessert. Even though we asked for the check in advance so we can go home as soon as possible, it still didn’t come until my wife had to go to the kitchen area and talk to the server. When she told the server that we just need the check, the server told her it’s busy and her tone was not apologetic at all. She eventually served the dessert and apologized but that’s after I asked for the manager to talk to us. Generally, all of the servers there are not friendly at all. Our glasses were off to the side of the table empty but nobody bothered to give us water. 1st time to dine here because of the DOV and it is most probably the last.
We have always had a good experience at Mad Greek. Food is pretty good, but expensive compared to other Greek restaurants. Chinese hostess was very friendly. Found out she is married to the chef who is Greek and they are also the owners of Mad Greek! Will definitely return.
Food and service were definitely disappointing for the price charged. The calamari appetizer dish was cold and soggy - deep fried usually tastes good, but this dish was not tasty. The chicken souvlaki was almost pink with parts undercooked. The rice was undercooked with too many hard pieces. The waitress was OK but service took some time. The positive was nice atmosphere with bellydancing entertainment during dinner. Wouldn't go back again.
Went to Mad Greek with my wife about a month ago; Heard a lot of positive feed back about this restaurant; so we gave it a try. We ordered Calamri Appy and Tarama to start-The calamari was greasy and very white must have been machined processed which has some sort of bleach in it we couldn't eat it, the tarama was good but it must be brought in. Drinks I ordered sangria to drink ugh awful had a musty taste. For my entree I order their "LEGENDARY" roast lamb, it was tastless and reheated in a Microwave. My wife had the prawns they were not bad. The food presentation was 1970's cafteria Greek lets put salad rice potatoes and entree all on the same plate. The liquor prices were very expensive for a restaurant wow, maybe if I was at the Roxy I could bear those prices. Our Service was prompt but it seemed as though there was too much staff on as 3 different servers came to our table asking us the same questions; I won't be back much rather eat elsewhere for those prices!
Tried Mad Greek for the first time last Friday. Had heard that their roast lamb was realllly good, so thought I'd give that a try. Roughly $18 for the roast leg of lamb, potato, rice. The leg was good but not great throughout the whole chunk. Meat that was roasted beside bones/fat was very juicy and tasty...however other parts seemed a bit overcooked, which showed through its darkened colour and mediocre texture.
Potato had a nice bite, I liked it even though it was a little over lemon-ed. Rice was nicely flavoured.
Mid-way through my meal, the belly dancer came out and started dancing with her ... well, belly. Very entertaining, she went around the whole room making sure everyone was included. Room was bright, great decor. Next time I'd go back to try something else - maybe a combo - or just hope the next piece of lamb is juicy all around.
Their name says it all. On my first visit, an older gentleman barked at my wife and I while I was parking behind the resturant. He told me I was going to get towed if I wasn't a customer of the restaurant. I ignored the idiot and went in the restaurant.
On my way to the washroom I noticed his mug on the wall. He is likely the owner!
During my meal, he sat at a table facing me and stared at me the whole time, while talking to his staff. I never got any sort of appology for his behavior or even a free appetizer.
Looking around the room, I noticed I didn't fit the demographics. 90% of the people were over 45 and caucasian - which odd for Richmond standards. We are Asian and in our 30's. He assumed that we were customers of the building next store - a karaoke club.
Despite the "mad greek", the atmosphere was great, the menu had a huge selection (way more than other places), and the service was good. The food was OK or better than OK.
It's unfortunate that my experience with the "mad greek" will prevent me from recommending this place or returning. If it weren't for the "mad greek", I'd become a regular, as there aren't many Greek restaurants in Richmond.
After reading alot of the reviews from the old days and comparing them to the latest reviews, it really seems there was a shift in quality. That shift was evident tonight when I went there with a group of friends. We ordered a multi-dip and calamari to start and then an entree each. The dips were ok but the calamari was a little under. For the entree I had the roast lamb and my wife a mixed souvlaki shish kebab. I have had lamb in many places and I would not be going back to this place for it as it was not as tasty as it ought to have been. My wife's souvlaki was not very tender. The rice was oozing with broth and it was well...expensive compared to many other greek restaurants that serve better quality food.
I hear adds for this place all the time on the radio and I have driven by it countless times even in the old days. Today was likely the first and last time I will go there. It was not a complete dud as ambiance was fine, but for the price I paid, there are so many other choices that I would rather go to that serve better food.
Been to Mad Greek a few times. Every time I have been it is quite mediocre. I go as a matter of convenience and have a customer that chooses the place. I'm Greek and can recognize good Greek food. To be frank, if you want really great Greek food you have to go to Greece. You won't find it in many place in the lower mainland....but I digress.
Last time I went for dinner, with this same customer and 2 others it was not even mediocre like in the past. We ordered 4 appetizers to start: calamari, garlic prawns, spanakopita and saganaki. The calamari appetizer is over $11 and the order size very small. The calamari was not especially good and seemed to be undercooked. The garlic prawns were drowned in butter and seemed to not be fresh. The spanokopita was nothing great - my wife can make it 10x better and the saganaki (cheese in alcohol) was below average.
For dinner I had the rack of lamb. It is the most expensive dish on the menu at $30. To be fair, they do give you a big portion (8 ribs). It was cooked medium like requested, but frankly it was way too strongly spiced with garlic. I was feeling the affects the whole night and my wife wouldn't come near me :-) The vegetables seemed like they were frozen and nuked. The rice was decent. The beer on tap was terrible.
I've had better Greek food elsewhere in the lower mainland. In Richmond, choices are limited and perhaps this is why they seem to be busy on most nights.
They have raised their prices again and again, and again, over the past few years, yet the food stays the same and is not that great to begin with. You get far better Greek food at Felico's on the other end of Richmond, or at Taverna Gorgona in Ladner. Just try the Roast Lamb in each place and you'll know what I mean...
The food has always been good. The new location has great ambiance, better parking, and friendly, helpful staff. Service is usually prompt but they do get busy so you can watch a game or two on the big screen while you wait. The roast lamb is tender. Their pita is, by far, the best I have had in years. Great place to bring the kids and try the various platters.
Crispy, fresh and tender calamari is a good sign of a good Greek restaurant and that is Mad Greek. The platters are a great value and allow you to try a variety of items. I'm not a big fan of domaldes but these ones are good. The tatziki is nice and thick and the chicken is tender.
I was at the Mad Greek in Richmond for lunch on a Wednesday at 11:30am. The restaurant had just opened, so there were only a couple of tables in the place at the time. I ordered an appetizer of kalamari, which was presented beautifully, and a chicken souvlaki with ceaser salad. The chicken souvlaki was presented so nicely on the plate. The right amount of rice,a fresh potato and the ceaser salad was fresh and crisp, not like it usually is every other time I have ceaser salad there. I was getting tired of wilted lettuce. Finally, it was finished off with the right amount of parsley sprinkles to make it all look very appetizing. AND she didn't overcook my chicken!! (which is a bit of a problem there I find).My business partner had a dolmades appetizer (looked excellent) and the New York Steak and prawns. Usually it's hard to find a well cooked steak, but this girl has it down! That was the best medium rare we had seen in a while, and very tasty, with perfectly cooked prawns.
The reason I was so amazed, was that I went in for a pick up for dinner later on that evening just before closing, and the very girl that cooked my fabulous lunch was on the floor as a waitress. She took my takeout order, chatted to me very politely, asked what I did etc, and was very pleasant. I commented on her cooking, and she blushed.
From now on, I'm going in for lunches on Wednesdays and Thursdays knowing I will get a fabulously cooked meal. And if you're in there on Wednesday night, you simply have to request this girl as your waitress, I'm sure you'll have an excellent time!
I avoided this place for a long time. I watched it's first location, but when it moved ato a larger premises, I still wasn't sold. After going here with some Greek food loving friends, I can say it is either the best (or second) place for Greek in Richmond. It is much better than most Vancouver Greek restaurants. Portions are good sized (try the platters), service is excellent, and the atmoshphere is lively and entertaining. They have belly dancers which are supposed to be very good, but I haven't seem them yet. Definately a place to try!
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