There's far more to Melbourne's Mediterranean cuisine than just a bowl of oil-kissed olives and feta cheese; this city has a growing Greek community and is subsequently home to a growing number of authentic Greek takeaways bringing Aegean flavours to your living room (or anywhere else you like to eat!)
If it's time to take a break from your standard takeaway fare, such as pizzas and Chinese, make sure you check out Melbourne's Greek tavernas serving up succulent meats and refreshing salads straight to your door!
1. Gazi, Melbourne CBD
Gazi's Greek takeaways are a firm office favourite with employees in and around the Melbourne CBD. Their wood-fired spit creates some absolutely delicious souvlaki, but the real show-stoppers are their slow-roasted chicken, pork belly and lamb. The moist chicken is dressed with a wonderfully fresh pepper and feta puree; the delicious pork belly has a perfectly sweet parsnip and apple skordalia, finished with a Byzantine dressing. The lamb shoulder is the main talking point however, cooked on the bone. It melts in the mouth, accompanied by garlic confit for that extra punch – wow!
2. Triakosia, Clifton Hill
Clifton Hill's Triakosia offers a fantastic selection of small dishes to share, as well as authentic souvlaki and epic platters that are perfect for special occasions, showcasing the very beast meat and seafood the Mediterranean has to offer. From slow-cooked moussakas and kleftiko to chargrilled octopus and fragrant vegetarian gemista, it's all on offer for you to order here at Triakosia.
3. Ela-Re Greek Street Food, Albert Park
For those in South Melbourne with almighty appetites, make sure you try out Coventry Street's Ela-Re Greek Street Food. With succulent lamb and chicken gyros that's complemented by a wonderful ela sauce or house tzatziki and homemade falafel, as well as a huge choice of authentic dips and salads, it's a place that's sure to become a summer takeaway favourite.
4. Kritamos Hellenic, Richmond
Traditional Greek meats and meze are on offer to the people of Richmond at Kritamos Hellenic. With a philosophy to deliver fresh, homemade Greek food with an unmistakable nod to Mediterranean flavours, it's an excellent dining experience that you can now enjoy in your own living room. There are so many light bites and appetisers to scour that it's easy to forget the main dishes – the Cretan-inspired kalitsounia are wonderfully light parcels filled with myzithra cheese and mint. Nevertheless, you would be a fool to skip their hearty main dishes, with everything from lamb cutlets and beef rissoles to slow-roasted kid goat.
5. Jimmy Grants, Richmond
The perfect Greek fast food joint, Jimmy Grants delivers a great range of souvlaki combo deals, as well as crispy panko with chips and Greek-inspired sweet treats such as rice pudding topped with indulgent chocolate hazelnut sauce. If you're looking for somewhere to quickly satisfy for your meat cravings there's no better place to order a souvlaki than here!
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