Felico's Restaurant: Great taste of Greece without the phony

Tired of walking into a Greek restaurant overflowing with fake Greek knick knacks, plastic grape vines and twinkle lights? Give Felico's in Richmond a  try.

Craving some delicious deep-fried calamari or tangy, moist dolmades? Look no further than Felicos Restaurant in Richmond.

Felicos’ presents a fine dining experience with a touch of rustic Greek culture without the fake grape vines or bright blue patterns splattered across the walls.

Felico's Restaurant at 8140 Leslie Road in Richmond, B.C.

The servers are highly attentive, friendly and polite. Never did I have to ask for a refill of water, which a huge service peeve of mine, our dishes came out within in a reasonable time, and our bill was presented promptly after our request.

We started off the night with their steamed mussels, cooked with garlic, onions, a tomatoes and white wine sauce. For an appetizer, this was a fairly large dish, definitely shareable. The sauce was delicious albeit a bit salty but great for dipping the complimentary pita bread.

Felico's steamed mussels with a tomato broth

For the main course, we had the AAA Alberta Filet Mignon, a good-sized six-ounce steak, cooked to our preference with mashed potatoes and an assortment of vegetables. For a place that doesn’t specialize in steak, the filet mignon was done perfectly, moist and tender.

AAA Alberta Filet Mignon

To get a taste of everything, we also ordered the combination plate which included calamari, dolmades, keftedes, spanakopita, hummus, tzatziki and greek salad.

Greek salad with tzatziki sauce and hummus

The greek salad was a fresh starter that was anything but stingy with the feta cheese, a real plus in my books.

The calamari was tender and not overly battered with a light, crispy texture. It was served with a typical tzatziki cucumber yogurt dipping sauce.

Deep-fried calamari

The keftedes, a large ground beef meatball with oregano, was a bit dry and firm. This particular dish I could have done without.

Greek Keftedes meatballs

Next up was the spanakopita, a flakey pastry filled with spinach, feta cheese and onions. Although normally a favourite Greek dish of mine, Felico’s spanakopita was just okay. The pastry was a bit soggy but it was stuffed with healthy amount of spinach.

Spinach and feta cheese stuffed Spanakopita

The real star of the show was the Dolmades, a dish similar to a cabbage roll. It was made with ground sirloin mixed with rice and avgolemono sauce, a tangy lemon-egg sauce, stuffed in a grape vine leaf.  Although some maybe a bit tentative about sampling this dish, it is definitely worth trying.

Grape leaves stuffed with rice and ground beef , Dolmades.

With reasonable prices ranging from $15 to $20, or platters for two for about $40, Felico’s is well-priced with a good variety of typical Greek food that won’t disappoint. You’ll leave with a full, satisfied stomach and a happy wallet.

Felicos is located on 8140 Leslie Road. There is ample parking in their lot and it is accessible by transit.

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