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Souvlaki Express

Posted by Staff / Listed on May 29, 2011 / review policy

Souvlaki ExpressSouvlaki Express on Mount Pleasant has branched out to a second location (seen here) at the corner of Queen and Parliament. Like the uptown location, this Souvlaki Express specializes in pork, chicken, beef and lamb souvlaki as well as gyros and saganaki.



Sarah G. / April 16, 2009 at 08:45 pm
OHH man..I used to work next door and I basically lived off this stuff..The lamb is amazing..if they don't burn it...the one thing I didn't like was the pork gyros..something about it..made me feel sick after eating it..
the fries are perfect though :)
Raymond / October 16, 2009 at 12:13 pm
I went to Northern for Highschool, so I ate a lot of lunches there. After Alexandros and Astoria it's my go to Greek place. I still made trips to it when I switched to Forrest Hill for my last semester!
Sean / December 11, 2012 at 04:09 pm
Inspected on: December 4, 2012
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional)
Number of infractions: 9 (Minor: 3, Significant: 4, Crucial: 2)
Crucial infractions include: Inadequate food temperature control, failure to protect food from contamination
Peter / October 22, 2013 at 06:04 am
We used to like The Souvlaki Express but we have not been there for about three years. What a difference! And not a good one that is. We went there on a Monday night for dinner, and we were thoroughly disappointed.
The restaurant is very dirty these days. It was never spotless, but this time the floors, the tables, the whole place looked rather questionable... After we ordered and we noticed all of this, we started to wonder about the food. We ordered chicken and pork souvlaki. The salad looked more like a smudge of paste on a plate. Texture and taste was nowhere close to what a Greek food should be, having far too much oil making the paste very smooth / silky / oily and not tasting at all like something yoo would enjoy not even close. Very disappointing
It went downhill from there, the souvlaki meat was anything but tender and somewhat burned from the grill then my son found a dead cockroach on the floor and made us aware of it. If you see one dead or alive Cockroach that means the place is infested with thousand of them. We decided to just head for the door. Getting a parking ticket would have added insult to the injury. As we paid the bill at the door after placing the order, we noticed how dirty the grills and the kitchen in general were.
I have been in dirty restaurants in some far away countries, but that may have been acceptable as they were located in the middle of the nowhere, and provided the only food available. For the Toronto Greek Greek Restaurant the conditions at Souvlaki Express are just unacceptable.

I am not sure how they pass a health inspection....
We will never go back to this restaurant again based on our recent experience.

P.S. I googled Soulaki Express and found out that on January 05/2013 they barely pass Toronto health inspection.

Here is the result of that inspection. I have attached the web address for anyone who would like to check it out for themselves. You can also go to /eat and type Souvalki Express.

Souvlaki Express (Mount Pleasant)
Inspected on: January 5
Inspection finding: Yellow (Conditional Pass)
Number of infractions: 7 (Minor: 3, Significant: 3, Crucial: 1)
Crucial infractions include: Failure to protect food from contamination…

Here are more information about Cockroaches' infested place and food contamination.

Cockroaches may spread a range of diseases

It is believed that the cockroach may be a reservoir for a range of bacteria including salmonella, staphylococcus and streptococcus. The cockroach can also harbour viruses such as the polio virus.

Like the household fly, the cockroach will eat virtually anything ranging from food spills on a kitchen floor to faecal matter. Ingested bacteria can survive in the cockroach's digestive system, sometimes for months or even years, and are passed in its droppings. Cockroaches will vomit and defaecate on food and it is thought that disease may be transmitted to humans when humans eat food contaminated by cockroaches.

Recent research suggests that the cockroach may also be associated with human allergies.
The life cycle of a cockroach

A female cockroach lays between 10 and 40 eggs at a time. On average, the female can lay around 30 batches of eggs in her lifetime. The hatched young look the same as adult cockroaches, but smaller and without wings. Depending on the conditions and type, a cockroach can live for up to 12 months. These insects are cold-blooded and thrive in warm, humid conditions. This is why buildings in the northern parts of Australia are particularly prone to infestations.
Common hiding spots for cockroaches

Cockroaches prefer to live in kitchens and other food preparation areas, so they can feed off food spills and have access to water. Hiding spots for the household cockroach include:
* Cracks in walls.
* Confined spaces, such as behind the refrigerator, in a pantry or underneath a stack of magazines, newspapers or cardboard boxes.
* Any furniture items that are generally left undisturbed.
* Kitchen cupboards.
* Below sinks.
* Around water heaters.
* In drains and grease traps.
* Gardens.
Janet / October 22, 2013 at 06:07 am
Wow, if there was ever a time to write a review it was definitely after visiting Souvlaki Express on Mount Pleasant rd. The food was very ill prepared, the potatoes were disgusting, yes I said it disgusting. Absolutely no flavour and the lam was not cooked to my order.

The servings of were very small and I mean for the money they charge just wasn't worth it. The salad was all pitifully, no restaurant has ever driven me to negative write a review but this one. It's has always been my belief that there is someone out there that will enjoy the food that I didn't but in this case, I don't see how anyone with functional taste buds would.

Extreme disappointment!

Kind Regards Souvlaki Express
Antonio / March 31, 2014 at 10:25 pm
What a let down, Souvlaki Express!!!!! The world famous lamb was so raw it was still moving! The only thing Greek about this restaurant is the name! Filled up on bread and spinach dip which was bland! Rice was tasteless and place was dirty!

After the visit to this place I heard from a friend that Souvlaki Express is infested with cockroaches.
I gave them one star because when you write a review on yelp you must give them at least one star Y I don't know.

Don't waste you money!
Sara / March 31, 2014 at 11:26 pm
My party and I went to Suvlaki Express on Mount Pleasant because we read the great reviews on yelp and cannot comprehend how its possible for us to disagree with most of the reviews. We either had a terrible first experience or real customers are not posting reviews. Everything we ordered was very greasy unlike traditional Greek food which tastes very healthy. Too much olive oil in every dish. All the entrees tasted so greasy that we could not finish our meals and went home hungry after spending 250.00. The eggplant dip did not taste like traditional eggplant and the Mousaka tasted like spicy chili in a baking dish. The lamb had no taste. The man at the cash seemed like a nice guy so we did not complain and simply went home starving and grabbed a hotdog on the way back home. That was the most expensive hot dog we have ever paid for....The night before we went to Mr. Greek which by far not only was the best Greek restaurant we have every dined at but also the best restaurant in general with great customer service, food, and ambience. Souvlaki Express had low ceilings in comparison to Mr. Greek and depressing interior decorating. The best item my party ordered was a Greek salad but even that had strange colored tomatoes. I hate to rate any restaurant as terrible so I'm hoping that I just had a terrible experience and that the regular chef was on vacation. Sorry.....
Math / April 3, 2014 at 01:54 am
My wife ordered the Kalamari which she found to be non- eatable. I had the souvlaki dinner, which made me feel pretty bad after eating it. I do not believe they have Greek owners, but you are always best off driving to the danforth for the best Greek cuisine.

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