Contemporary Greek cooking gives nod to the seasonally based
abundance of local produce raining from the homeland, making wide use of vegetables,
grains, fish, wine, meat and of course one of its greatest exports, olive oil.
If there is any assurance of true Greek cooking, it’s the
company that it attracts; no Greek feast is complete without a table full of
friends and family sharing in the celebration that is meal time, with
conversation and laughter flowing just as steadily as the wine. So, gather up
your loved ones and say ‘Opa!’ to eight Greek restaurants you must dine at,
around the country.
Kitchen & Bar | VIC
A short stroll from shady Lake Weeroona Park is Bendigo’s
authentic Greek destination, FOS Kitchen & Bar. A rustic setting provides a
trendy backdrop for the inner-city foodies and new visitors that come looking
for flavoursome, traditional Greek fare. FOS Kitchen offers an exciting menu of
share plates as well as a large selection of more filling mains.
Taverna | VIC
Save yourself the airfare and head to Portman Street in
Oakleigh to discover a little slice of the Greek Islands at Mykonos Taverna.
Take a seat in the alfresco dining area and be convinced you are shore side to
the Mediterranean Sea overlooking a life size mural adorned with soft,
whimsical fabrics, rope lanterns, stone flooring and relaxed deck style
seating, transporting diners to a location beyond.
Neutral Bay | NSW
Situated in Sydney’s lower North Shore, in the sought after
location of Neutral Bay, resides Aristotle’s Neutral Bay restaurant. A modern
interior encompasses the sophistication and glamour of the shipping magnate it
was named after, Aristotle Onassis, offering an energetic atmosphere with
punchy dishes to match.
Souvlaki Art | VIC
When made properly, souvlaki is a thing to be admired and
few follow this practice as well as Kalimera Souvlaki Art, an Oakleigh eatery
that has patrons lining up from near and far. This vibrant eater dishes out
parcels full of daily produce and tender meat fillings.
The Hellenic Palate | VIC
Take a break from Melbourne‘s CBD to taste the distinctly ‘Gringlish’
(Greek / English) flavours of Bahari. Tassie duo, Chef and Restaurateur Philip
Vakos from Masterchef Series 2 and friend Stell Kaponas, enjoy the freedom of
not publishing a set menu, instead choosing to explore the fine art of
balancing spices and flavours in contemporary Greek dishes.
and Pita | NSW
For Greek street food full of flavour, head around the
corner of Enmore Road to Stix and Pita Greek eatery. This lively eatery is
filled with the smells of succulent meats spit roasted over charcoals to send
mouths watering in anticipation. To create a pita wrap, first choose a meat
like pork souvla, slow cooked on a spit over charcoals and then pair it with fillings
like the Icarus of char-roasted capsicum, spicy feta dip and chips. Add a side
of charcoal corn and be sure to leave room for dessert.
Greek Club | QLD
Zorba the Greek is a way of life, an expression of Greek culture
and exactly what The Greek Club in South Brisbane has to offer and have done so
with much success for over 44 years. Take to Odyssey Taverna, Cafe and Bar for
authentic Greek cuisine and enjoy relaxing on Odyssey’s wide terrace
accompanied by live music and a dazzling view of Brisbane’s city skyline.
Greek Tavern | VIC
Offering a little piece of the Aegean in Moonee Ponds,
Meltemi Greek Tavern is a well-loved family owned and operated establishment
serving up traditional favourites. White brick walls and wooden furnishings
combined with a welcoming laidback vibe, create a relaxed environment for
diners to enjoy a banquet of homemade dips, fresh seafood dishes and char-grilled
meats, all prepared using fine local produce.
This is just a peek into some of Australia’s best Greek
restaurants, for more suggestions near you see our recommendations