Everyone who visits Greece inevitably develops a passionate love affair with Greek food. The garlic-infused, lemon-drenched, olive oil drizzled dishes that epitomize Greek cuisine are enough to make any foodie weak at the knees. If youre in the mood for some Mediterranean, any of these restaurants will satisfy the craving.
When it comes to Greek food in Sydney, its hard to beat The Apollo. From the soft warm pita and honey-soaked saganaki, to the tender lamb shoulder with lemon yoghurt, every mouthful at The Apollo will take your taste buds to new levels of pleasure. The setting is an elegantly renovated industrial space with large arched windows, exposed concrete pillars and a long marble bar. Its classy but relaxed with a modern Greek menu and amazing wine list. They welcome larger groups at Apollo with the full Greek set menu at $55 per head. Its an affordable way to get a taste of the restaurants most delicious dishes, and theres so much food everyone at the table will be left completely stuffed and blissfully satisfied.
DeVere Hotel, 44 MacLeay St, Potts Point NSW 2011 | (02) 8354 0888
This casual taverna in Enmore cooks up authentic home-style Greek food thats as fresh as it is delicious. Salads, dips, chargrilled meats and slow cooked dishes will fill that Mediterranean hole in your stomach, and the moussaka will make everything right in the world again, as moussaka always does. Kafenes is all about simple, flavourful food with friendly, laid-back vibes. And with the affordable menu and BYO, this is the spot to get a serious Greek feast without emptying your wallet.
149 Enmore Rd, Enmore NSW 2042 | (02) 9557 7580
Hidden down a side street in Newtown, Steki is a bustling little taverna thats gathered a loyal following over the years. Its hard not to love Steki. Its loud and lively, with an authentic atmosphere that feels like youve stumbled across a family-run taverna in a backstreet of Athens. Every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night, live music fills the cosy space and its not uncommon to find yourself dancing between the tables. It was over 30 years ago that Steki first opened its doors, and this Newtown institution aint going nowhere. Feast on haloumi, moussaka, meatballs and meze until you fall into a food coma and send yourself home.
2 O’Connell St, Newtown NSW 2042 | (02) 9516 2191
Modern and chic, with a few nods to ancient Greece (theres a huge stone feature wall carved with Greek script), Alpha is one of Sydneys more stylish Greek restaurants. The menu has traditional Greek dishes mixed with some modern twists, most of it ideal for sharing. Like Apollo, Alpha offers a value-for-money set menu starting at $65 per head (minimum of four people), which includes a selection of dips and pita, spanakopita (traditional spinach pie), slow cooked lamb shoulder and baklava, among other tasty sides and salads. Wander upstairs to find Beta, Alphas little sister bar, which serves divinely crafted cocktails and a few creative dishes to graze on.
238 Castlereagh St, Sydney NSW 2000 | (02) 9098 1111
In 1969, Peter and Kathy Xenos opened a milk bar at 7 Burlington St, Crows Nest. In 1979 they transformed the little milk bar into a Greek restaurant and decades later that restaurant is still going strong. The ongoing popularity of Xenos is testament to the Xenos familys passion for good food, good service and a friendly, unpretentious atmosphere. The simple, flavoursome Greek recipes never get old and regulars flock here day and night for Greek style scrambled eggs in the morning and lamb souvlaki or moussaka in the evening. The Xenos family still runs the ship, with Peter and Kathys sons taking a lead role in the restaurant these days.
7 Burlington St, Crows Nest NSW 2065 | (02) 9439 1748