If you’re a Greek from Montreal and Laval then you know the age old question, is the gyro better at Village Grec or Nostos? And of course if you pick Village Grec, you must specify if you meant the Montreal location or Laval location. Greeks take their gyro pita seriously, it’s the “fast food” of Greek cuisine, and when done right, it’s the best wrap that you’ve ever had! Never mind shish taouk and shawarma – pffft!
P’tit Soeur swears by Village Grec, but Diva #1 wasn’t going to take her word for it, she’s been going to Nostos for years. On one particularly wild Friday night, P’tit Soeur, Diva #1, Sweet Pea and JB decided to go to Village Grec in Laval and see what P’tit Soeur was talking about! Right away Village Grec in Laval differs from Nostos because they have a much more extensive menu, Nostos is really about the gyro pita and their grilled chicken (they’re FAMOUS chicken), they don’t have many appetizers and that isn’t what they’re known for.
The grilled octopus at Village Grec was amazing, perfectly grilled and meaty, it would rival most Greek fine dining establishments. JB liked it so much that he didn’t feel like sharing with the ladies, so he ordered one for himself. Honestly we would return just for an order of octopus, it was delicious!
Saganaki is simply floured and fried kefalograviera cheese, how something so simple can taste so delicious we will never know! Village Grec served it as it should be, with a lemon wedge and so warm that when you cut into the crust, the cheese is gooey. A new addition to their menu was the kopanisti, and our waitress told us that we had to order it! They served this roasted red pepper and feta dip with garlic bread, and we were soon finishing off the dip with a spoon, it was THAT good!
Calamari is a staple in Greek cuisine, whether it is a high end restaurant, tavern or hole-in-the-wall, chances are you will find calamari on the menu. The pieces of squid were large and meaty, but we like our calamari a little crispier on the outside, the batter should be more of a golden colour as opposed to beige. It was nonetheless fresh, and not rubbery at all, but we would have liked a crispier batter.
Though the appetizers were delicious, in the end the Village Grec experience should be all about the gyro pita, after all, that’s all we came for. The moment of truth arrived, the girls all ordered the gyro pita, all dressed with plenty of tzatziki, onions and tomatoes to further enhance the aroma of garlic wafting from our mouths. The gyro pita was served with salad, rice and French fries but we opted for more French fries and no rice. JB ordered the gyro, also called donor, platter, he just wanted more meat!
The meat was plentiful, less tender than Nostos, and a bit too fatty for our liking but still very good. The tzatziki lacked the potency of Nostos’ but that’s a matter of preference, many people would probably prefer Village Grec’s tzatziki for being less offensive than Nostos’. The fries at Village Grec were decent, but nothing special, they’re much better at Nostos, but the Greek salad was the same and very good at both places.
Final verdict? If you want a more complete Greek restaurant experience, Village Grec has amazing appetizers and a more extensive menu with fish, grilled meats and other Greek tavern-like delicacies. If you’re simply craving Greek street food, which is a gyro pita and fries, then Nostos is the restaurant for you, their meat is less fatty, their tzatziki more authentic and their French fries are divine. Greek Montrealers and Lavalers have been debating Nostos vs. Village Grec for years, check them both out and tell us what you think!
Our Review: Splendid
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