Pan on the Danforth – Summerlicious Review

Summerlicious (July 4 – 20, 2014) is an annual event in Toronto that highlights the city’s top restaurants over the course of two weeks.

You can choose a prix fixe menu from over 200 restaurants. Lunch prices are $15, $20 or $25 and dinner varies from $25, $35 or $45 per person.

Pan on the Danforth

This was our first visit to Pan on the Danforth. We arrived early, so we had our pick of tables! The restaurant was very cozy and dark, with a nice shaded patio.

Pan on the Danforth   Pan on the Danforth   Pan on the Danforth   Pan on the Danforth

Our server was Agapios, and he was super efficient and very friendly. Did I mention he was funny?

We started with the Trilogy of Spreads: Taramosalata (made with fish roe), Humus and Tirokafteri (feta cheese).  A plate of grilled pita bread while simply prepared, was addictive!

Trilogy of Spreads
We also shared an order of Kolokithokeftedes, which are zucchini croquettes with Feta, Kefalograviera cheese and fresh herbs.  The croquettes were unique and lightly fried to perfection.

Kolokithokeftedes   Kolokithokeftedes

We chose the Pan Chicken Souvlaki as our entrées.  Tender cuts of grilled and marinated chicken breast served with new mini potatoes, rice, and salad. I was a bit hesitant as we’ve experienced rubbery chicken most every time we’ve had souvlaki! Imagine my surprise when I bit into moist and tender chicken! I have no doubt the chicken was marinated in yogurt. I’ve tried this method at home many times and the results have been amazing. The portions were generous, but we managed to finish every bit.

Pan Chicken Souvlaki

We decided to try the Karidopita for dessert. It’s a honey walnut cake served with vanilla ice cream and whipped cream. The cake was dense with a course crumb and studded with tons of walnuts, soaked in syrup – it was very decadent.

The Danforth, also known as Greektown, is a vibrant community and a great place to take a walk after an enjoyable lunch.

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We were happy to return to Pan on the Danforth a few days later to try their Summerlicious dinner menu!

What a pleasant surprise to have Agapios as our server again. He was just as funny and sincere as our first visit, and is a really nice guy!

We sat out on the patio this time and enjoyed the cool breeze, despite the dark clouds and pending rain!

Here’s that delicious grilled pita bread again!  It’s brushed with garlic olive oil!

Grilled Pita Bread
For appetizers, we ordered lightly fried  Calamari with Tzatziki sauce. Delicious!

Calamari can be quite hit and miss in terms of texture. The Pan’s version is tender. I’ve never seen rings so large; they looked like onion rings!

The Spinach Pie without phyllo was interesting.  I was intrigued.  Bites of melt-in-your-mouth Feta cheese, spinach and dill …. mmm.

Spinach Pie
There were no debates on what to choose for our entrees. We both love braised lamb shanks and ordered their version, Arni with Monastiri Orzo Pasta.

Arni with Monastiri Orzo Pasta
This is one of H’s favorite dishes, and I’ve made it many times at home. I normally braise the lamb shanks for several hours and was happy to hear that Pan on the Danforth does the same. The shanks were fall-off-the-bone tender, covered in a thick tomato sauce. The orzo was perfectly cooked. I could tell that H was thoroughly enjoying his meal!

For dessert (my favorite part), we tried the Strawberry Vanilla Passion Sponge Cake with a custard cream filling, and the Milk Chocolate Sponge Cake with Chocolate Syrup.

Strawberry Vanilla Passion Sponge Cake   Milk Chocolate Sponge Cake with Chocolate Syrup
Agapios was kind enough to bring us Baklava to try!

Another excellent meal and we had barely enough time to make it to our car with the pelting rain!

Pan on the Danforth also has a live Greek band and belly dancers on Friday and Saturdays nights.


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