Gus and Guidos is quote “A Greek Italian Experience.”
An experience is definately what you get when you walk through the doors and sit down to have dinner at this establishment. My experience has left me wanting to drive into Toronto and get the taste of this terrible meal from my palette by eating at a actual Italian or Greek restaurant. Brantford has a long long way to go before it’ll have a Italian or Greek restaurant. It begs the question of why would you fused this two cuisines? Greek and Italian are in my opinion, two of the great cuisines in this world. So I can see the appeal of trying to fuse both under one roof but from this “experience” I now know that it should never happen, or be left in better, more capable hands. I’m really lost on where to begin, but i suppose that I should just got back to the beginning.
It’s a Sunday night at 8:00pm. I wasn’t in the mood to cook after what I can only say was “one of those days” in the kitchen, you know those days, the ones where anything that could go wrong does. Anyway, we (my mother and I) were greeted with a friendly hello and shown to our table and given the wine list. Looking around in the dimly lit dining room, you can see busts of Greek Gods, and paintings of Italy. Nice modernistic atmosphere. The menu is split up into Hot Starters, Cold Starters, Pasta and Pizza, Specialty Dishes, and Steaks, Chops & Ribs. All those sections are then subdivided into dishes that are either Greek or Italian. All the staples that you expect to see from both cuisines are there, soulvaki, antipasto, mousakka, Greek salad, the classic Italian pizzas and pasta. Which gives you a 5 page menu. Now with that wide selection my first thought is, how good could each plate be, really? I didn’t have to wait long to find out the answer, not good.
We were given a 3 piece spread while we decided what we wanted. One was a mashed garlic and potato spread, extra virgin olive oil with balsamic, and the third was a seafood spread. I could use a much more articulate vocabulary but all 3 just plain sucked. Who would ever serve a seafood spread at a restaurant, I mean come on. Alarm bells were going off in my mind. If I had known before hand I wouldn’t have gotten the Fiesty Feta to start, it was feta, kalamata olives and herbs that were “whipped” into a spread. But really it was pureed to its death and then drowned in mayo. I think I’m getting sick writing this review.
For my main I got the beef tenderloin soulvaki. The dish came with Greek salad, rice, Greek style roast potatoes, and tzatziki. The Greek salad was drenched in a vinegar dressing, it was hard to taste anything of the vegetables in it. The Greek potatoes were served cold, now I’m not exactly sure what Greek style roast potatoes means, but I don’t think you serve them cold. The rice was OK. The beef tenderloin was done to medium, seasoned well, and had a nice flavour. Now the tzatziki, which i thought was fool proof, was completely basterdized. “Crushed cucumber garlic and fresh Greek herbs folded into yoghurt,” nothing about this description they give you is true. The whole thing is pureed together, there are no fresh herbs, oops sorry Greek herbs, and its not seasoned. If I wasn’t so disappointed about the meal, I’d have been angry.
There is so much more to say, but it’s just not worth it. It only makes me wish I was back in Toronto where I could get either cuisine at a whole new, better, level. I just have to say that this was a Epic Fail at a Greek Italian Experience.