Scoozi's is a Mediterranean restaurant on Howe open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
I missed my usual Seabus and decided to get a bit to eat. Scoozis was nearby and I headed over. Scoozis is a nice little restaurant, and it looked clean and welcoming. The manager served me, and he seemed like a friendly old guy. I went for the mocha and a spanakopita (spinach pie). They have different kinds, but I went for the basic one. It looked like a giant eggroll, except it had filo pastry, and it came with a salad and some tzatziki on top. Wow was it good! The filling was cheesy and spinachy at the same time, and the tzatziki complemented the flavor perfectly. Even the salad was good, with really nice Roma tomato in it. The mocha was just right and had tasty cream and chocolate sauce on top.
After my mini-meal I was fortified and ready to join the cattle commuters on the Seabus. I smiled all the way home.
So, this am my boyfriend and I head out of our hotel, fully intending to mosy on down to Gastown and find a quaint little place to have a nice breakfast. While in Gastown we meet up with the nicest hobo/ downtown Vancouver concierge (my boyfriend is an Eastcoasterner, chatting up strangers is what they do). He asks us what our plans are and we let him know we are in search of sustenance. Well he immediately gives us two of Vancouver's finest options, in his opinion. Knowing the city as he does we take his advice and head a few blocks over to Howe Street and come across Scoozi`s, just where our host advised us it would be! Disappointed, we were not!! It doesn`t stand out at the onset but after arriving and waiting to be seated, several other potential patrons arrive and get in line (already a good sign I think). We were seated by a very pleasant multi-multi-tasking fellow and waited on by a lovely lady quite quickly. We sat out on the patio seats which was very nice and observed a never ending stream of patrons line up to be seated (a very good sign). We order drinks then breakfast and get our orders without incident. I get the eggs benny and my bf gets the big breakfast. Well, what a sauce on my benny, so good I had to save and share one with my bf...sooooo good! The sauce is to die for. Also, an honorable mention to the fruit as it was fresh, seasonal, and not from a can or bucket, yum! The prices were reasonable for what we received as well. Once the food was gobbled up I went in to inquire as to the washrooms whereabouts and this sweet sweet man, took me by the hand and showed me where they were! He said he was the delivery driver but by the website pics and enquiries I have deduced that that sweet little scoundrel was the owner! What a charmer. Once back outside he came and advised my bf and I that he was sending us a special greek dessert! Oh, heavenly...it was sugary sweet goodness! I insisted on giving him a hug as we paid the bill, he repaid me in cheek kisses which added to our total experience! We said our good bye`s to him and his wonderful son in law and now here I am, raving about them :) If you want a great breakfast, a great atmosphere, laughs, hugs and kisses...GO HERE! If you don`t like fun, are crabby and stand offìsh, you are missing out and there is a Starbuck`s on every corner. We will be going back next time we are in town and recommending this fab place and our hobo ambassador to all of our friends! Thank you for a wonderful visit. Jenn&Ty
I went there for lunch and experienced something very like what most of the reviewers had although I had not seen the reviews until after my lunch. Congenial host - which is so important and good but pricey food. I do wonder if they nuke the food as it (and the plate) came out of the kitchen red hot, so it was bit of a challenge to have to wait while I blew on the food to cool it down. I can't see how my Canneloni was cooked in the plate (as that would show).
In any case - a good restaurant with prices on the high side but a nice place to sit and watch the traffic jams. They have a few tables outside if you want to enjoy some fresh diesel fumes otherwise there are probably 10-12 tables including some in a sort of semi private room that might hold 7-8 people. Not private but a bit separate.
Service was good and quick with the only minor issue being that no-one asked how my meal was or asked if I wanted my coffee refilled. However, I understand lunch is a busy time.
I tried this place on the weekend, and decided to try their breakfast. I was greeted by the owner, and sat inside, due to how warm it was outside.
I ordered their scramble eggs, hashbrowns, toast and coffee, and my food arrived. I quite like their coffee, but their breakfast was good, but nothing spectacular. I can see this might be a popular spot, due to their outdoor patio, as the inside has odd decorations with red & orange painted walls.
If you're in the area, worth trying at least once.
This is a great downtown take out place though I have occasionally had a casual breakfast while I waited. They make a great latte; the sticky cinnamon buns are excellent and fresh fruit garnishes everything! My all-time favourite here are the spanakopita with homemade yogurt tzatziki - it will convert non-lovers like my sister-in-law. The service is exceptional and the personalities colourful.
Pass this restaurant a couple of times each day and finally got to try it.
Was greeted by the very jolly owner of the restaurant, really enthusiastic guy who had an amazing communicative talent with the customers.
The food was very good indeed, one of the best Eggs Benedict I have had in ages. One of us also had pizza which was also extremely good. We even got to try a sample of their free dessert which was truly amazing. The ambiance of the restaurant was also very family style and welcoming, warm and cozy.
The only category I would rate them slightly lower is the price, it was quite expensive but probably equal to the quality. I would go back here on a regular basis because of the high price but would enjoy going there every now and again.
Overall I would definitely recommend this restaurant.
Came here for early lunch this week with a friend. Were sat along the wall by a server and about a min later the owner came and said "Hey you can't sit there where am I supposed to put my party of 10?"... ummm I have no idea - we ended up staying seated as the server calmed him down. The room is a mish mash of personal momentos of the family, cans of tomatoes, chickpeas, and other canned goods, live plants everywhere; we sat surrounded by pictures but as we were looking around we noticed grease everywhere.. on the walls on the bench, dusty cans... I wish we never noticed but the sun hit the grease just right for us to see. Anyhow, it was worn in to say the least. We had a coffee each, shared a cinammon roll, i had the breakfast and he had the benny. Now I'm not one to complain about price but for $39 bucks for the food we recieved I was blown away. It. was. awful. My eggs were bland and luke warm, the sausage were the cheapy ones you can buy at safeway... and not to say that those arent good but these were... they looked like they had been poached in butter, grey, soggy, gross. We each had to put a ton of franks and ketchup in order to enjoy what we had, but we didn't bother finishing. What I did notice was how much the place filled up as we sat there. whatever the deal was I don't care to find out, once was enough, it was like the more we thought about it the more I could feel the grease on my palate and the neastious feeling.
Our service was okay, the lovely lady came from the kitchen dropped off our food, she asked if we needed anything and retreated back, super nice. As for the regular servers; they were okay, didn't say much and that was okay with us, no one came to take out plates away and I guess they hired a new girl because the senior server told her in a rude way to hurry or go do this or get with it.
We paid for our meal and left, both still hungry and feeling sick. I came hungry and left naustious, Thanks Scoozi's!
The place just gave me the no feeling. I have been a few times for dine in. It has always been fine. But today I tried take out as a few people in my office do from here and seem to like it.
I ordered the spanakapita and salad. The salad was fine but the spanakapita was soggy. The tzaziki was very good.
What got me was the cleanliness. The owner/manager asked me what I would like and yelled the order over the counter. The lady wiping the tables then came around the counter and assembled my order with her bare hands! She was cleaning a dirty table with a dirty cloth and then she went behind the counter and grabbed the spanakapita with her hands. GROSS! So, if this is how clean they are in front of their customers, I can imagine how clean they are in the kitchen.
I won't be going back.
This place has been constantly recommended to me by coworkers and friends, and as we were looking for a good breakfast place in downtown on a holiday, I thought we could give Scoozi's a try.
I was pleasantly surprised by the cute decor as soon as I walked in - very cozy, old-school and welcoming. The server was attentive but somewhat robotic, service wasn't very genuine at all. Prices are on the high side compared to other breakfast places, $2.6 for a cup of coffee that was not refilled, $13 for salmon eggs benedict that came with a three slices of potatoes. The bill for the two of us came to $32 and considering we weren't very full nor pleased with the taste of our food, the value just wasn't really there. However, food did come out quick enough despite the restaurant was about 80% full, and the ingredients tasted fresh - just not delicious enough.
I'd say the part that I enjoyed the most was the atmosphere - not very clean yet very cozy.
I spotted this small, colourful restaurant and bar via an afternoon 'walkabout' on Dec 30. We had checked into a nearby hotel as an "Anniversary and New Year's treat" and were looking for a couple of places to dine (outside of our hotel) during our stay.
The particular restaurant caught my eye, I liked what I could see from the outside, so went in, checked out a menu, spoke with Michael (the Proprietor), and was given a 'mini-tour' -- I was 'sold' - I took a menu back to our hotel, and we returned to dine that evening.
We were greeted and seated to a table by Michael. Our server took our drink orders soon after, and then left us to study the menu and make our meal choices. We ended up both deciding to try the same thing, one of the dinner specials -- the 'homemade lasagna' (which was described as: lean beef, four cheeses, and spinach) -- it included a choice of soup or salad -- 'she' opted for the chicken soup, and 'I', a Greek salad.
The soup turned out to be nothing "special" - a somewhat tasty sort of a lemon-flavoured rice, in a mixture that had congealed because it was so cool! My 'Greek salad' was not very 'Greek' - two black olives, and where was the cheese?! - but the ingredients were bright, fresh, and crisp, and as a pre-dinner salad, it worked fine for me.
Then came the lasgna -- our first reaction -- wow, this stuff is hot!! And that's both warm 'and' spicy!!
Neither of us had ever seen or experienced lasagna like this before -- and it turned out to be quite exceptionally good and tasty!!
And the "bottomless" plate of warm, toasty pita bread was much-enjoyed throughout our meal, and helped to ensure there was absolutely nothing left on either of our plates!!
We did not order desserts, or after-dinner beverages, but were surprised with a lovely dessert treat to share - I can't recall it's name, but it was pretty, and very tasty - and provided a nice end to our dinner.
Overall, we much-enjoyed our dining experience at Scoozis, and hope to see Michael, and taste some of his other very tasty creations again sometime soon!!
this restaurant is a downtown favourite, likely in large part to it's longstanding location in the heart of Vancouver's business district. I ordered the spanikopita, which was previously frozen and appeared to have been been nuked or inadequately reheated. but that didn't make me lose my appetite, looking at the floor did.
I've heard via the grapevine how fabulous this little mediterranean restaurant was & I only wish we would have tried it sooner. The service was over the top. We were welcomed immediately by the charming host & seated on the small cozy deck by the wall. My partner & I both opted to have one of their breakfast bakes~fresh ingredients & sizzling hot. Delicious! My americano was made to perfection, freshly ground, rich & dark topped with that needed coffee crema (froth) At the end of our meal our attentive hosts compted us a lovely dessert plate~2 small apple pastries with a caramel-like cinnamon sauce~YUM! The Value for the service & all the extra care put into the dishes is outstanding. The ambience is kitchie~old school & you feel like you're in a different city. All in all we can't wait to our return. Thank you Scoozi's!
Good place, eaten here a bunch of times, both to-stay and takeout. Never had a dish I didn't like - always very good food. Very friendly/personable owners, pretty fast service. Only downside is it gets pretty packed around lunchtime (no surprise), so I try to avoid that time of day just to avoid the crowdedness. More a matter of personal preference I guess. Either way great restaurant. They have a little "log book" of visitors who sign and leave a comment, take a look if you go in there. Packed with positive comments from people from all over the world... pretty cool to see - stuff like "glad to visit again after 10 years!" or so on... Good stuff.
Very cute Italian place, very homey feel inside and nice and bright. Service is great, they even gave us a sampling of dessert on the house. Feels like you're in Italy on the inside. They have colourful vegatables placed on the counter.
The food was great and a reasonable price.
I would recommend this to all. Enough said.
I've been to Scoozis half a dozen times. I'm addicted. I always get the same thing. The Scoozis Baked Breakfast. It's a pita in a pan, topped with scrambled eggs, asparagus, tomatoes, artichoke hearts, mushrooms and cheese. It's baked in the oven and SO good. A little more pricey for a breakfast...$14 (I think)...but I think it's worth it.
My girlfriend always gets the yogurt, granola and fruit. She can never finish it, so I always get some!!! Great deal for me. The yogurt is homemade and like nothing I've had before. It's not overly sweet...even with the honey they drizzle over the top of all of it!! It's delicious.
The ambiance is nice. Warm and comfortable on a cool morning. The owner is a character and has been there most times I've gone.
I had to try this place for breakfast, lunch, and supper because the ambience is so wonderful and inviting and comfortable. For a casual place, the salads are especially done with care and good taste. The owner Michael works the room and makes everyone feel special. The menu has a real interesting selection of spanikopita. I'll try the cinnamon buns tomorrow!
Went to Scoozi's on New Years Day with my better half, at the suggestion of the Concierge at Fairmont Waterfront. We were looking for a diner-type breakfast, instead of all the fancy buffets that the hotels were serving, and this one was close, easy to find, and open.
The host/owner (Michael) was extremely friendly (good thing I didn't have a hangover), and seated us at a good window seat. He offered us beverages and brought us water. The waitress was friendly, and took our orders. We each ordered the Eggs Benny with ham, and she asked how we wanted our eggs, soft, medium, or hard. This was surprising, as we usually have to suggest it ourselves. We don't like undercooked eggs - I am allergic to uncooked whites, and my wife hates runny eggs. We always order our eggs medium, and did this time, as well. Then we settled in for the wait, I with my phone, and she with her paper.
We barely got into it when our orders came. If we thought it seemed kind of fast, it is because it was.
Seriously, how hard is it to cook an egg? Can't you tell when it jiggles all over the plate that MAYBE IT IS NOT MEDIUM?? And why would a waitress serve it, when she knows this is not how her customer ordered it?
Anyways, not ones to complain (loudly), we swapped a bit, and I gave the wife the "harder" of my 2 bennies, and we dug in. The hollandaise sauce was different, but very good. The 3 or 4 chunks of potatoes were oily, and needed ketchup. The fruit salad was pretty good, and they use more than just cheap fruit, including pomegranates and starfruit in the mix.
In all, it was okay. It is always nice to check out different places, and we are often a tourist in our own town,
This place must be closing soon. It's hard to believe that a Howe Street icon has become so bad. $2.65 for a cup of Maxwell House, c'mon. $11.65 for a spanokopita that arrived in 70 seconds from ordering, barely warm, and when it had been cooked: overcooked and blackened. The chicken pita served in a tortilla crammed into a cereal bowl. $30.00 for an absolutely horrid lunch, and no alcohol. Boo!!