This may seem hard to believe, but one of the best gyros/souvlaki I’ve ever had was from an unassuming little shop in Christchurch, New Zealand called Dimitri’s Greek Food. Never before or since have I had a wrap with such fluffy bread, such juicy meat, or such a perfect mixture of sauces. And although I haven’t held out hope for one that’s just as good, I will admit to keeping my eye out for something that can potentially match up. So when I heard that Gyradiko does one of the best gyros in Sydney, well, call me intrigued.
After a hectic year of med school and the fervour that was final exams (which I passed by the way, so call me a second-year!), I was itching to get out onto my road trip holiday through New Zealand. And despite being told unanimously by everyone who has ever visited, I was still unprepared for just how stunningly beautiful of a country it was. We spent 13 days driving through the South Island – starting in Christchurch, across to the West Coast, then down to Queenstown and Fjordland, then finally back up to Christchurch via Mt Cook. And although I could talk for ever and ever about the scenery, my love for Lupin flowers, and just how unbelievably blue all…
It may seem unbelievable, but despite living in Melbourne for all of my adult life, I’ve never had a souvlaki from Stalactites. Sure, I’ve eaten there enough times, but ordering a souva for a sit-down meal has always seemed silly to me, so I usually end up getting one of the platters instead. Plus, I got a little bit mad at them the last time I went and they took the change from my payment without asking, so I haven’t been back since. But when the Stalactites crew opened up Hella Good – a dedicated souvlaki shop – it seemed like time to bury the hatchet, and finally give the famous wrap a try.
Not sure why, but I’ve had a real hankering for Greek food lately. I blame it on the cold weather, which has been making me crave the comforting flavours of Greek cuisine, along with rich plates of pasta and deep bowls of pho. And today, I’ve made my way to Demitri’s Feast. Those who’ve heard of Demitri’s Feast probably know it as a reliable local brunch spot along Swan Street, but after 8 years of business, the owners decided to shake things up a little. A few weeks worth of renovations later, Demitri’s is reborn as a Greek taverna, and is all but unrecognisable.
I love Greek food, but as it turns out, I’ve eaten a lot less Greek food than I thought. After picking up an unshakable hankering for some Mediterranean flavours, I looked through my blog, only to realise that I’ve been to a measly dozen or so Greek restaurants in all of my food blogging years. So I immediately set to remedy that, and my first stop was Alpha Ouzeri. If you’ve never heard of the term ouzeri, you’re not alone. As it turns out, an ouzeri is a Greek tavern dedicated to serving ouzo – a strong herbed liquor – and meze. In other words, it’s kind of like an izakaya specialising in sake, or a tapas bar specialising in…
Australia may have one of the oldest cultures in the world, but modern Australia is a relative baby of a country, still working on its traditions and identity. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing. Being somewhat of a blank slate meant that over its lifetime, it has picked up bits and pieces from cultures all around the globe, thanks to the vibrant community built by immigration.