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“Peace & quiet and traditional white beans”

Katsarola tis Toulas
Ranked #11 of 161 Restaurants in Patras
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Greek
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Good for: Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Lunch, Free Wifi, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
London, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Peace & quiet and traditional white beans”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 October 2013

With Patras now crammed with trendy bars and predictable fast food joints, even a traditional baker was hard to find, but a good traditional Greek trattoria was rare. Nicely placed just beyond the beautiful Olgas Square (with the Apollo theatre, a direct copy of the La Scala opera house), 'Toulas' is more a canteen than a restaurant. You go to a counter where the homemade dishes are displayed and you choose your feast. The waitress brings food, wine, bread and the expected joys of a restaurant meal to your table. Food is very fresh and of sufficient range to make choosing difficult. The bread was crisp-crusted, fresh or made from that gorgeous cream-coloured Greek flour. The open wine was beautiful. The place is clean, full of Greeks, and open enough so I could view nearly every table and wallow in the atmosphere of happy eaters eating happily. Warning: portions are huge so take a large appetite and have the time to enjoy the meal.

  • Visited September 2013
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Athens, Greece
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Traditional greek food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 October 2013

Right at the center of Patras (next to Olga's square) this small family restaurant is the place you should visit if you want to try traditional homemade food. A very friendly environment. Generous portions in reasonable prices. You shouldn't miss their mousaka - it's by far the best I've ever had!

  • Visited September 2013
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Athens, Greece
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80 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
“VALUE FOR MONEY”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 September 2013

Nice place. Close to Olga's square. A great variety of homemade food. The portions were big and the prices more than reasonable! The place was cozy, very clean, the atmosphere friendly, the staff helpful and the "no smoking" restriction was obeyed! A nice choice for a traveller to taste the traditional greek cuisine!

  • Visited April 2013
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1 Thank THOMAS T
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Limassol
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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“thought I'd died and gone to vegetarian heaven!!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2013

Don't be fooled by the title of this review; this family run restaurant does serve meat dishes as well. It's just that I visited during Easter Holy Week when people are fasting but I certainly didn't go hungry! Simply presented, good honest Greek cuisine, generous portions and not at all pretentious. The place is full of locals which is always a good sign.
This beautifully decorated taverna-style eatery is just around the corner from leafy Olga's Square. Once you've chosen your table you are invited up to the counter by the staff to peruse the dishes on offer. Don't make the mistake that I did and think that the dishes are presented as a meze. I ordered yemista (stuffed peppers/tomatoes) with chips, fried kalamari and octopus macaroni (much to the head waitress' amusement) only to find that each portion was enough for two! Thank goodness I had the family with me!
Note: lunchtime is best as the dishes are just out of the oven, just make sure that you have a healthy appetite and you don't need a big wallet. prices range from 5-10 euros per person. Enjoy!!!

  • Visited May 2013
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