It took me a good 4 tries to get a booking at this little joint, so my expectations increased which each rejection. Good on them for having a full house – I just struggle with having to plan my meals in advance. Until last week of course!
First point to love about this Taverna – its BYO – so you can enjoy your favourite bottle of wine or beer without the restaurant loading. I believe corkage was only $2 too.
Second point – they run a specials board with yummy Greek food. One of the waitresses came out and read through it though she did go too fast for my Saturday Evening brain to catch up, but I did catch one or two dishes.
We opted to go truly Greek, share and order enough plates to completely cover the surface of the table (advantage of having square plates - they fit into each other like a game of Tetris).
Amongst the damage was a red pepper dip (is brought out with complimentary bread though you can order pita for $3); the chargrill lamb special with a Greek side salad; chicken yiros plus a bowl of chips. We also got extra pita to wipe all the plates clean.
A few observations: The portions were slightly on the smallish side especially compared to other similar restaurants in the area; the chicken and lamb left a puddle of oil in the plates – I felt that the meat was a bit too oily, however my partner didn’t agree so that is a taste issue.
We finished our mains and ordered a baklava to share along with a couple of coffees to round it all off. I did ask for Helva but they didn’t have any (I bought some from the deli the day after – not sure where that hankering came from!)
The staff was great – service relatively quick, though we were left to linger and finish the bottle of wine which made me happy (literally!).
On a random note – we did notice that some people that walked off the street got seated. It might be worth taking the chance and not booking at all, especially if you are just after a table for two.
For the price, it was a great meal. I can see why its always full. Would be great with a group or friends and perhaps more wine.
1 Browning Street, West End
07 3255 2215