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