Ela-Re, South Melbourne
I rather enjoyed my little handful of Greece in a recent gyro from Ela-Re, located a skip along from the South Melbourne Market. Fast and friendly service meant my Pappou Kosta (lamb, tzatziki, onion, tomato and chips) was in my hands in no time. It didn’t Kosta lot either, at only $8.90 and all the other souvlaki options bubbling around the ten dollar mark. The menu’s quite diverse for a place of this size, with skewers, salad options and desserts as well. No doubt there’s a bit of a market for food in this area (excuse the pun) but the offering holds up well at Ela-Re.
Pita bread? Tick. Salad? Tick. Meat? Double tick. I really enjoyed the lamb in the giro with a pleasant saltiness and a surprising depth of flavour. The meat had a crisp char that went well with the paprika seasoning also on the fries and tomato. Whilst I’ll probably never be able to pronounce Tzatziki properly, I can always enjoy it and here it was fresh and a cool complement with the meat. Might need an additional item to finish off a donutsam-sized appetite, but some Greek goodness for sure at Ela-Re.