How I wish I were in Greece right now instead of Calgary. *Frowns* I guess it’s fine if I get a real nice taste of their food and culture somewhere. *Smiles*…Except I won’t get the amazing vacation feeling. *Frowns again*
My complaints out of boredom aside (I really have to stop daydreaming), this was my first time having Greek food at an actual fancy restaurant. You can’t always use food court meals to judge a cuisine! (*Cough* Me *Cough*) Broken Plate is a chain of Greek restaurants in Calgary and I’ve been eager to try it ever since I passed by the location at Aspen Landing. On the day of my Dad’s birthday (perfect excuse… a.k.a happy birthday dad!) , we went in for the taste of the country of……mythology! Even some of the dishes are fancied up by being named after Greek gods.
We were greeted with nice Greek-themed décor inside such as a cartographer’s map hung up on the wall. The dim lighting helped set a peaceful mood as we sat down, ready for dinner. Forgive me for the horribly underexposed photos!
This time around, we chose a salad and two entrées. They weren’t exactly big portions, but filling and flavourful nonetheless.
Salad – Lamb Confit – $14
Entrée – Zeus Chicken – $23
Entrée – Exohiko Salmon – $21
The dishes were amazing, but what was unique about the visit was getting to know the meaning behind the restaurant name. In Greece, guests smash plates on the floor in celebrations to express joy and abundance. As strange as it sounds, this attracts a lot of customers; they even have a designated area of sorts to do it. I guess they have so many plates, they can feel free to break them in the name of happiness! Those poor plates end up like this (credits to Bill Gilmour for this video):
(WARNING – Please do not try this with your beloved dinnerware at home. You will damage your floor and get shards EVERYWHERE. Also, you’ll get me ranting about your horrible reading comprehension skills. If you want to smash a plate, head down to the restaurant! Just don’t do it in anger.)
Unlike dropping plates on the floor, our experience wasn’t too much of a bang, other than when my dad smacked the plate he was given to smash on the floor before I could take a GIF. It’s a pleasant place though, just not quite the star we’d thought it to be. This place is good if you want something neat, and who knows, it has the potential to be a bit of a hidden gem.
Rating: 4/5 (The interesting background of the name brought my score up a bit)