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Solav Souvlaki & Donair

4902 Joyce Street
Vancouver, BC V5R4G7
Tel: (604) 428-4448
Neighbourhood: Marlborough

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Thumbs up, I recommend the lamb
By sweethot of lower mainland (162 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 30, 2009 - 12:00am [Dine in]

A hole in the wall place serving up delicious Greek food. I tried one of their platter dinners. The lamb here is freshly grilled on a skewer. The meat was tender, and trimmed of fat. While the skewer wasn't the biggest, it's a fair portion given the quality of the meat, you can add a second one for $3. I tried the chicken skewer as well and it was good, but the lamb is outstanding. They give a large portion of thick tzatzki which is nice and there was actually more than one olive in the greek salad. Overall, this place was much better than I was expecting, and the grilled skewers some of the best I've ever had.

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Solid value meal
By applepie of Burnaby (129 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, December 6, 2010 - 4:26pm [Take-out]

This is a tiny fast food place, mostly for take out. There are a few small tables as well, if you prefer eat in. The food is prepared to order, fresh and hot, and in good portion sizes. The souvlaki, and everything else is very flavourful. Value is great and is a must-try for fans of Greek food.

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tasty donair
By MBAK of Vancouver (80 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, May 2, 2009 - 8:29pm [Dine in]

We usually go to downtown west end to get donairs, but we wanted to avoid the hockey crowds so we thought we would check out this place since it was close to us and got good reviews...

Its not exactly a place u would go to eat at since there are only 3 tables... The food was really yummy and quick, although the people working there weren't that polite...

Overall it was a good, quick place and we would definitely go there again, maybe just for takeout next time..

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Hidden Greek Jewel
By epicurious of Burnaby, BC (507 Reviews)
Submitted Tuesday, March 28, 2006 - 2:08pm [Dine in]

Many people will just walk by this take-out restaurant w/o even realizing it's there. They offer awesome food with huge portions and good prices. They have about 2 tables in their tiny space for those who want to sit down and enjoy. I come here regularly and even order lunch for lots at my work. Nobody ever complains. I usually order the veggie plate which comes with pita, greek salad, rice w/ a tomato sauce on top , greek potatoes and lots of tzatziki sauce for only $5.95. Eventhough it's not a fancy restaurant, I feel like you can get better Greek food here than at a restaurant down the street.

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Delicious Greek-- craving satisfied!!
By foodluva of Vancouver (35 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, April 23, 2009 - 11:23pm [Dine in]

Had a craving for greek since last week and this certainly satisfied my craving!!! Ordered the lamb souvlaki plate for 8.99. you get a meat skewer, rice pilaf with tomato sauce (very tasty), greek salad, LOTS of tzaziki and 1/2 pita. The meat was tender and not overly cooked, nicely seasoned. I love how they give so much tzazkiki b/c i put it on everything!! Its fresh and delicious. doesn't leave my breath smelling too garlicky either. Great place for greek takout. You can eat in too, theres 2 tables.

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Still one of the Best
By Hargow of Richmond (46 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, April 28, 2008 - 1:56am [Dine in]

If they haven't changed owner /operators, these guys still make the best Donair in the Lower Mainland. They make other dishes but I have always prefered the donair. I usually get mine with tomatos,onions and satziki sauce. It't just the way they cook the meat and assemble the donair that makes that bit of difference. As far as I have known, they have been there for years. I noticed my review was gone or it is liste under another name.

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Food itself was solid
By CRSKNG of Vancouver (18 Reviews)
Submitted Wednesday, November 17, 2010 - 4:38pm [Take-out]

Had the donair and it was good. Nothing to really write home about but the same time, it wasn't anything that I would say is bad.

I had to wait a little while when they were preparing the food but other than that, it was pretty good. Can't really complain about the donair, the beef was good, the lettuce/tomatoes were good and the sauce was good.

I would probably hit this place up again when I am in the neighbourhood.

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Sooo goooood!
By Jonathan of Burnaby (15 Reviews)
Submitted Thursday, August 27, 2009 - 12:49pm [Dine in]

Like others have said, totally a nondescript place and have walked by it countless times without noticing it. Just tried it yesterday based on the good reviews from this site.

A precursor to all my reviews: I rate everything to scale based on the price and scope of a restaurant. So I don't compare apples to oranges so to speak.

Food (the most important): Exceeded my expectations even having read good reviews already. I ordered the Beef Doner plate, which came with seasoned rice toped with a tomato sauce, very fresh Greek salad with very nice feta and whole olives, seasoned potato, a buttered and grilled pita slice and I chose homous instead of Tsaziki (no extra charge). The easiest way to say it was that all parts of the dish were perfect and the doner meat was very fresh, not dry at all and tasky. Good portions too.

Service: Well it's not a proper restaurant, so the fact that they were nice, prompt, made everything fresh and brought it out to me is all that I would expect from a place like this. Plus, they aren't asking for a tip on the debit machine (because it's over the counter service).

Value: it may seem that I'm over-rating this place, but for only spending $2 more than MacDonald's, this place deserves a 5. Plus, their food is better than many Greek/Mediterranean restaurants who will charge at least $5 more for the same thing.

Ambiance: Okay, not much there, but what do you expect from a place like this? Plus, it is kept clean and they have a few pics of Greece on the wall.

From my experience, this place is unrivaled for an under $10 meal. Bear in mind this is not trying to compete with a proper Greek restaurant on W. Broaday, so please don't compare them by the same standard. But if you want a great inexpensive eat, I can't see anyone being disappointed.

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Great food hole in the wall
By ibli of East Vancouver (13 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, November 6, 2006 - 11:41pm [Dine in]

Tiny place with a couple of tables crammed inside. The food is great, portions are large and it's prepared quickly. I prefer the souvlaki and donair here to any other places I've tried in Vancouver in this price range.

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Cheap and Delicious!
By Cailin of Vancouver (6 Reviews)
Submitted Saturday, June 6, 2009 - 12:32pm [Dine in]

I consider myself a bit of a falafel expert. Not to brag, but I've had a lot of falafel, from authentic Israeli falafel in New York, to gross bag mix falafel from random wrap places in Surrey to Opa's food court sad excuse for falafel using fava beans.
This means I'm very picky and precise about the way my falafel is made. Truly delicious, authentic middle eastern falafel is fresh fried, not pre fried and then microwaved or pre fried and then thrown onto a grill. FRESH FRIED! This is the first major rule of falafel. Luckily, this is something that Solav Souvlaki and Donair understand. I used to live in Vancouver, just a ten minute bus ride away and frequent this place all of the time. Now that I live further away, I still manage to make my way there every month or so. It's so good, it's entirely worth a trip, even, if like me you're forced to take transit.
$6 gets you a falafel wrapped in a nice, warm pita with perfect tzatziki sauce and spices. The falafel is crunchy on the outside and then melts in your mouth. The man who works there (who I think is the owner) and his wife are always polite and it is always consistent. I have never had a bad falafel there.
My mother recently tried the chicken souvlaki plate and said it was delicious as well. She called the chicken succulent, with just the right amount of marinade and spices.
It's easy to walk by this place, it really doesn't look like much. It's sandwiched in between a jeweler and a starbucks by the Save-On at Metrotown, and there's only a few seats and sometimes it can be so busy you have to go sit on the planter boxes by the movie theatre. But it is completely worth it! Best falafel I've had in this city. Seriously.

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Better than restaurant souvlaki
By shellyd of vancouver (3 Reviews)
Submitted Friday, January 16, 2009 - 4:37pm [Dine in]

I've been going to Solav souvlaki for years mainly due to the price and quality of food. No matter how many fancy greek restaurants I've been to I've always come back to Solav for their souvlaki dinner becaust it doesn't make sense to pay 15-20$ for a far less superiour meal elsewhere. The portions are generous- a chicken souvlaki meal for $8.99 gets you one skewer, rice or fries, greek potatoe, yummy greek salad (i like the fact they use yellow, red and green peppers in theirs- not the normal green pepper only offering plus they don't skimp on the olives) pita, and a generous helping of tzaziki.

Oh and the fries- Have got to be some of the best fries in the lower mainland. Only ever made to order, like everything else on their menu, so they are always nice and hot, and the seasoning used on them is fantastic. I know fries sounds weird in a souvlaki place, but if you're like me and a potatoe person over a rice person then you'll appreciate this offering.

Seriously go here for the souvlaki and the fries and you won't be dissapointed. It can be a little difficult to find- next to Save on Foods in Metrotown, but trust me, once you find it you'll never miss it again.

P.S. only thing i'm not a fan of is the baklava- but who cares it's a souvlaki place after all.

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Very Tasty!
By Aariana of Vancouver (east) (6 Reviews)
Submitted Monday, May 31, 2010 - 2:51pm [Dine in]

My husband and I ate here yesterday, and we were very impressed. We got take-out and both had the donair, and a piece of baklava to share. Well, the baklava wasn't the best I've had; it was a bit soggy. Portion was huge, though. So I can't really fault them for that.

As for the donair, I have to say YUM! I'm from the east coast, and I've been craving donairs ever since getting here a year ago. These donairs aren't quite the ones I'm used to, but pretty close nonetheless. The meat was spiced perfectly, just enough that it didn't overpower the flavour of the meat itself. The vegetables on it were nice and fresh, and none of this pickle garbage I've seen in other places. Tzatziki was nice and creamy, with just a hit of garlic, not enough to feel like you're offending everyone by breathing on them afterwards. The only thing I think could be improved would be to offer the sweet donair sauce that I'm used to, but that's not a big deal at all. If I wanted it that badly, I could easily make it myself anyways.

Ambiance is the only thing I rated down for Solav, and I'm sure it's no surprise. This place is definitely a hole in the wall. But don't let that stop you from eating here...the food is ridiculously tasty, and that part (to me, at least) is more important than the pretty things they could put on the walls.

I see myself coming here many many times in the future!

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