Even with their sights set on eternal glory, the well-greaved Achaeans besieging Troy had to break for dinner. Bring bounteous Hellenic fare straight into your mouth with today’s Groupon: for $32, you get a Greek dinner for two at Minoas Greek Taverna in Burnaby (a $68.95 total value). The dinner includes:
- Small greek salad (a $7.95 value)
- Calamari appetizer (an $8.50 value)
- Manitaria appetizer (a $7.50 value)
- Biftekia appetizer (an $8.50 value)
- Spanakopita appetizer (a $7.50 value)
- Two rice sides (a $7 value)
- Two potato sides (a $7 value)
- Pita bread (a $4 value)
- Hummus (a $5.50 value)
- Tzatziki (a $5.50 value)
Using traditional Greek recipes passed down through the Chronakis family, Minoas Greek Taverna’s chefs satiate appetites for fresh fare with an expansive menu sprawling with a shared platter. Following a tandem trek through the leaves of a greek salad, diners welcome fried calamari, and delve into a plate of manitaria, or sautéed mushrooms, that’s more exciting than a tableaux converted into an animated GIF. Chefs sculpt spiced ground beef into biftekia patties and capture spinach and feta cheese within a phyllo dough spanakopita pie. Each diner sates their own starch cravings with an individual side of rice pilaf and roasted potatoes, and—like Olympic athletes on a dare—chunks of pita bread dive into pools of hummus and tzatziki.
Enveloped by the warm confines of a historic family home, guests sit at vibrant blue tables surrounded by classic Minoan art under rows of hanging Mediterranean tropical plants. While patrons dine, strains of Greek folk music comfort ears nostalgic for past lives spent hunting sirens.
Minoas Greek Taverna
Since May 1986, the Chronakis family has crafted authentic Greek cuisine at Minoas Greek Taverna. Dinner platters teem with Hellenic morsels such as grilled chicken souvlaki, creamy hummus, and the rice-stuffed grape leaves of dolmades. The wait staff also serves entrees à la carte, so diners can dig into plates of steaming moussaka and avoid jealous struggles with the pastitsio, which would only get tomato sauce all over the pristine white stucco walls. Lush ivy winds up the walls and traverses the ceiling, tablecloths in the cobalt blue of the Greek flag dot the interior, and traditional folk music drifts through the air, transporting diners to the Mediterranean without requiring a gas-guzzling teleportation device.