Ilios Mediterranean Cuisine Nanaimo

Ilios Mediterranean CuisineIlios Mediterranean Cuisine, 215 North Terminal Avenue, is one of the city's finest Greek restaurants. It's just a block below the Nanaimo Ramada Inn and walking distance from the hotels downtown. The glass ceiling above the atrium bathes the dining room in natural lighting, and potted plants balance the elegant blue and white d├ęcor at the tables. Two white Corinthian columns and a large mirror highlight the bar. Further back, Greek torsos grace the washroom doors. A Mediterranean-style terrace with outdoor seating surrounds the restaurant, and everything is airy and attractive.

The appetizers and pastas here include a number of seafood dishes, while the main plates are mostly meat. Among the antipasti are mussels and clams in mustard sauce, prawns, and calamari. Ten pastas and six spanakopitas are on the menu. The beef, chicken, and lamb souvlaki plates are popular. There's a choice of six pizzas. I did find the herb-infused pizza crust a little heavy. The 12 dinner plates on the last page of the menu include steaks, veal, lamb, chicken, ribs, and moussaka. The house specialty, roast lamb, is recommended. A Greek salad or fries is included with most meals.

The choice of cocktails is extensive. Twenty wines are listed on the menu and a choice of draft beers is available. Although I'd give the setting slightly higher marks than the food, I thought the menu prices were fair and plan to visit this family-operated restaurant again. Reservations may be necessary on weekends and holidays.

UPDATE: This restaurant now operates as Marina's Taverna and Pizza (open for dinner only).

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