First time ever in Passero's and I loved it!! My daughter took me there because she knows Greek is my favourite. The waiter was warm and friendly and we felt completely relaxed. The food came quickly and the kalamari was melt-in-your-mouth tender with a light crispy coating. The dolmathes were to die for and keftedes were so good I had to take one all the way back to the mainland so my husband could taste it! There was some magic ingredient in the baclava that made it smooth & delicious. I can't wait to go back.
Posted by Doris on April 24 2010 - www.urbanspoon.com
This was amazing!" . . . . "Best kalamari we have ever had and everyone ordered different things and loved it. Friendly staff, wonderful atmosphere.
Posted by elizabethk on Feb 13 2010 - www.urbanspoon.com
The Appy Platter for Two features all of the Greek food favourites, including Keftethakia. The meatballs were simply flavoured, juicy and tasty. Unlike some restaurants, the kalamari had a nice mix of pungent onions and the dish was lightly seasoned. The Saganaki was gone in 10 minutes.
The roasted lamb might have been one of the best lamb presentations I have had. Period. This is largely because the chef didn't load up the sides or the lamb with so many sauces or flavours that my palate became overwhelmed. It tasted wonderful, because it was of good quality and was cooked well.
The food is simply prepared. The presentation upfront without any unnecessary sauces or flavours" . . . . "Dishes were quickly brought and the table expertly cleaned up as we made our way through the offerings.
Posted by Rosa on YRS - Sunday, October 31, 2010 - http://your-restaurant-sucks.blogspot.com/2010/10/kiss-rule-passeros-restaurant.html
I have been on several occasions, and everything I have had is delicious. The meat dishes is what I typically order. All of the lamb, steak and ribs dishes are really good, perfectly seasoned and amazingly tender. The Greek potatoes that they make are the best tasting potatoes I have ever had. They are seasoned with a combination of Greek spices and just a hint of lemon. The potatoes come with most meals, but if they don't you should definately order them on the side.
Another reason why I enjoy Passero's, is the pleasant atmosphere. It is a small restaurant with only around 15 small tables. Even though it is such a small place, there is a sense of privacy. The tables are separated by large plants that effectively blocks the sound as well as the sight from the table beside you. The lights are dim, and there is authentic Greek music playing softly in the background making it feel cheery. The wait staff are exceedingly friendly and helpful.
From the small plate of freshly baked bread they bring you before you order your meal, to the mouthwatering espresso fingers for desert, Passero's is a truly wonderful dining experience.
Posted by ViolentShampoo on Feb 28 2008 - www.reviewstream.com
Greece is the word: Times Colonist reader poll winners deliver taste of the Greek Islands
After reading through a vat full of submissions for best Greek food, I began to wonder if Vancouver Island was once a Greek Island that centuries ago had broken away but had not left its affection for the cuisine of that country behind. Indeed, readers deliciously and enthusiastically described why more than a dozen restaurants serving up delicious Greek fare deserved special recognition; topping the list was Passero's Restaurant in Victoria.
"The Zabaras family run a restaurant with all of the things that we like best about Greece: warm family hospitality with Frank, the owner, greeting patrons at the door and taking time for a visit, Yiannoula, his wife, making the very best spanakopita(and we have eaten it all over Greece), succulent lamb dinners, and traditional fasolatha [bean soup]," say Joe and Janet Beales. "We always take visiting family and friends to Passero's when they come to see us in Victoria. We love the fact that any number are happily accommodated and that we are welcome to linger, taking as much time as we want to visit, eat and drink at our leisure. So very typical of our memories of Greece."
Reader Phyllis Manchester-Duval agreed that Passero's could take you, at least for an evening, on a journey to this Mediterranean country.
One taste of the melt-in-your-mouth kalamari and you are transported to the sea-side of the Greek Isles, buying your fish fresh from the local fishboat, says Manchester-Duval, adding that beyond the great food, if you've never been to Greece, the restaurant's tables surrounded by artifacts and images will give you a feel of what it's like.
Victoria Times Colonist
Reader Poll Excerpt
Wednesday, May 03, 2006