Staying in the Wood Green meant making the most of the many, amazing Turkish delicacies nearby. The areas is rich with this community group and that shows in the local cuisine on offer. I was lured in by the sweet wafts of the bain-maries of […]
If there’s gonna be one restaurant I’d recommend for anyone heading to Budapest, it’ll be the one that was recommended to me! My cousin lived a little while in the capital, getting to know the scene, and Mazel Tov was top of her list. And […]
This week’s guest post comes courtesy of my friend Analisa. She checked out Limor’s in Caulfield.
On a cold Melbourne winter night along Kooyong road there shone a well lit, spacious Limor’s. It features a high ceiling and large front facing windows. It’s not a new venue, by any means. The restaurant opened in 1989, before changing ownership five years ago. The style at Limor’s is Middle-Eastern, but than there are some oddities like schnitzels thrown into the mix as well. Our evening was welcomed with a lush serving of Limor’s mixed dips.
I end up doing mostly solo dining on my weekend escapades. But I’ve never been quite so overwhelmed, as I did with the sheer volume of food offered at Shipudei Berek. It’s rather well rated here on Zomato Warsaw, so I made it my next […]
Back to another Hummus Bros, I’ve grown quite fond of the yellow stuff since my last few visits. Fond enough for Hummus Bros to become my choice when a friend from home who needed some food delivery. Hummus Bros travels well for the most part […]
On this evening we were in the area for a late night film, and decided to hit up a nearby spot for a spot of dinner. Troia popped up in the search with a winning combination of positive reviews and low pricing. And so it was. Located in South Bank and offering casual Mediterranean, Troia is a step up from the usual chain/ touristy eating. We ordered the London Set Meze (£13 p/p) which gave us a cornucopia of many of their treats. We were wowed by the sheer quantity of food, and almost didn’t expect two rounds of food. Eleven different dishes made for a crowded table: hummus, casseroles, kofte, dips, falafels; we sure didn’t leave hungry either. Service was on the slow(er) side compared to other Med places we’ve been to, but the quality was reasonable and the sheer variety was entertaining. I may not have had any individual favourites from the menu but an all round happy meal.
There’s a marked difference in the Brit’s enthusiasm for Nando’s; my gob was positively smacked the first time I saw people (gasp) queueing for Nando’s. For context, in AU/ NZ it sits amongst the flurry of fast food mediocrity, and I only ever went for […]
I’ve never thought much about hummus. It’s always been a simple, and humble dip in my eyes. Levantine in origin and chickpea in absolute, it’s often a back-of-house player in any meal. But not so at Hummus Brothers. Here, as well as being the namesake of […]
Greek Sam at work raves about this place, so I had to to try Hellenic Republic and see how it compares to Calombaris’s other venues which I have rated well in the past. I walk out with a very positive experience with picture perfect service, a great atmosphere and mostly authentic-ish food that hits the mark. The only slight was there was a general under-seasoning of dishes across the board, a slight irony as I found Gazi to be a tad on the salty side. Blend them together and you’ve got perfection, but for now you still get a most excellent outcome at Hellenic Republic.
My friends Jo and Jeff and I headed into their Brunswick branch (there’s three now) for an earlier inner service. With toddler daughter Kaitlyn in tow, we dove right into the first starter items of pita bread ($5) with a Taramosalata (white cod roe dip) and Kapnisti Skordalia (smoked butternut pumpkin and candied almonds). The pita bread at Hellenic Republic is a nice, light style without the grease and the dips were both solid.We had a preference towards towards the cod roe one which has a pleasant creamy yoghurt-like quality without tasting too fishy at all. The pumpkin one was fine, just reminded me of the soup base I sometimes make and a bit less exciting on bread.
As a sharing menu, the mains all appear at the same time so we felt there was a bit of a (worthwhile) wait. The Kotopoulo Psistaria ($29) is chicken from the spit seasoned with garlic and oregano and served with a wedge of lemon. This is impressive quality meat, but here I couldn’t help feeling the flavour didn’t quite extend, so there was more than a few cases of topping up with the salt. The Arni Sto Fourno ($32) is the slow roasted lamb shoulder and it’s a majestic size with the meat again being delicious. It matched Sam’s description of falling off the bone and it sure does melt in your mouth.
The salads at Gazi and Hellenic Republic have been surprisingly memorable and I enjoyed my treat of the Kipriaki Salata Dimitriakon salad ($13) of grains, pulses, nuts and topped with yoghurt and pomegranate. The mix of grains, creaminess and sweetness is an appropriate and relevant contrast with the rest of the savoury items on our table. The pop of the currants were lovely and made for a luscious mix of textures that I could rather enjoy.
We were smashed over that, but I still gave the Risogalo ($11) rice pudding with salted caramel, almond shortbread crumble and pistachio a go. This little jar didn’t quite set my world on fire, it’s a fair rice pudding and the topping parts are interesting enough. The dessert wasn’t quite worth the price in my eyes but otherwise made for an enjoyable end for our night. Like Gazi, Hellenic Republic dishes out some good Greek-eating that is a crowd pleaser and there’s more than enough variety here in the menu to keep the masses coming. The dishes could have done with more punchier flavours but a worthwhile experience nonetheless.