Vassilis Souvlaki is somewhat of a landmark in Burnaby. It’s that Greek restaurant on Kingsway with the palm trees. That’s all you have to say. Everyone immediately knows which place you’re talking about. For me, it’s the Greek restaurant next to Phở Saigon…a long-time favorite Burnaby phở joint. Recently a colleague and original Friday Luncher retired. For his send-off luncheon he felt like some Greek food.
Vassilis has won the local newspaper reader poll for Greek food in Burnaby ten years in a row. For me, this is an ominous sign. Those polls aren’t usually the most trustworthy…nothing more than a free newspaper-reader’s popularity contest. Not exactly go-to guides of fine, local cuisine. That being said, it’ll be interesting to see what the hype is all about.