It has been nine years now since Shahidul “Shahid” Alam assumed the ownership of Oreganos Grill on Somerled Avenue in NDG. Since that time, the popular restaurant has attracted a loyal clientele of regulars and gained notice for its freshly grilled fish entrées, steak, pasta and much more. This is also a Bring Your Own Wine establishment.
“We eat there frequently and I have always found the food to be very good and healthy,” said Syd Kronish. “The location is also ideal for people who do not want to go downtown to find this type of a quality meal.”
Sandra Charney and her husband Larry have been going to Oreganos since Shahid took over. “Quite a few of our friends go there as well,” she says. “The BYOB feature is a great incentive and we appreciate how the owner always comes out to greet his clients table by table at the end of the meal. It is a nice touch.”
Audrey Berner, who like Charney is a retired school teacher, remarked, “We enjoy the way the food is prepared, the freshness, the flavour. It’s a friendly place and one with high standards.”
The menu includes the very popular Mediterranean sea bass, filet of salmon, tilapia, snapper, porgy, halibut, pepper crusted tuna and sword fish. Maritime lobster is available year round. There are a variety of seafood dishes, such as scallops, calamari, grilled octopus, grilled shrimp, mussels and fried squid. Meat selections include filet mignon, steak, rack of lamb and veal. There are chicken options and plenty of pasta choices, delicious sides, appetizers and salads.
The signature item at Oregano’s is the Mediterranean salad, containing chopped romaine lettuce, crushed feta, black olives, cucumbers, onions, tomatoes, peppers and Shahid’s special sauce.
The restaurant is located at 6535 Somerled, near Cavendish and open Tues. through Sat. from 4:30 to 10 p.m. and Sun. and Mon. from 4:30 to 9 p.m. Reservations are strongly recommended for the weekends. For more information call 514-487-8541 or log on to www.oreganosgrill.ca