Oil Lamp has been on my hit list for the longest time. I’ve passed by it SO many times but for some reason or another, it’s never been top priority to check out. Not sure why because it’s so close to downtown and Chinatown, which I always seem to be passing through these days. Well, with some encouragement/gentle nudging from Fern (who loves Oil Lamp), we went to check out OL for a Thursday lunch.
The inside is way nicer than you’d expect given the outside facade. The interior is very Greek with typical white and blue colours. There’s even some exposed brick along parts of the wall. It has a rustic taverna style to it that I found very endearing. It’s strange how there aren’t many Greek places in town to eat at. If you’re thinking of Koutouki’s or Yianni’s, we clearly can’t be friends. I also liked how spacious the place was with several large comfy booths to hold larger groups.
We were given the regular menu but we were here for the lunch deals.
Surprised to see there were several options to choose from. Most of them fall at the $12.50 mark but steak and roasted lamb were $15.50.
Marinated chicken souvlaki ($12.50)
Toasted pita bread with chicken and a side of tzatziki sauce. The tzatziki is addictive – if you like garlic, you’ll love it. One small plastic container might not be enough. You also get to choose two sides – everyone ended up picking the Greek salad and roasted potatoes. Make sure you get the potatoes! They were incredibly tender, succulent and lemony. Just a perfect infusion of citrusness. The Greek salad had tomatoes, olives, green peppers, onion and feta. Ferns always gets the chicken souvlaki when she comes here and thoroughly enjoyed it.
I went with the keftede which consisted of three meatballs in a tomato sauce over a small bed of rice. I wasn’t expecting any rice so that was a nice bonus! The meatballs were tender and moist. You could cut through them without a knife but they were still binded well enough that they didn’t crumble.
Roasted lamb ($15.50)
Bbop’s bud went with the roasted lamb, which was my second choice. The roasted lamb looked like roast beef doused in gravy sauce that you get at buffets. Definitely wasn’t the type of roasted lamb that I was envisioning. He ate everything up so it must have been tasty.
Everyone enjoyed their lunches except that a day later, Bbops and I were both on death row. The only connection that we could link our sickness/food poisoning to was our lunch at Oil Lamp and let me just say, I wouldn’t wish it on my worst enemy. It was just awful. I’m hoping that this was a one off type of situation but can’t be certain.
10247 – 97 Street