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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 https://www.blogto.com /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.