Hip Greek street food is rising to the forefront of Melbourne’s casual dining scene as a selection of new eateries deliver the traditional flavours of the Hellenic grill in a contemporary context.
Celebrity chef George Calombaris’ new inner-city hotspot, Gazi, has taken the place of the much-revered Press Club Dining Room. Located in one of Melbourne’s beautiful heritage buildings, the space has been transformed into a modern Greek grill where punters can enjoy Greek bites such as mini souvlaki and lamb ribs with all the trimmings. 2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne.
Gazi precedes the highly anticipated Jimmy Grants – Calombaris’ bottle shop come souvlaki bar concept – set to open in the Fitzroy precinct in early July.
Located in the Richmond precinct is Lefko Kalamaki Bar. The diner focuses on its name-sake kalamaki, which is a traditional Greek method of grilling meat. An extensive menu of kalamaki wraps, entrees and traditional Greek salads round off the meaty menu. 179 Swan Street, Richmond.
These restaurants and bars join existing Greek cuisine favourites scattered across the city including Calombaris’ Hellenic Republic in the Brunswick precinct, The Greek Deli and Taverna in Prahran and late-night haven Stalactites on popular Greek strip, Lonsdale Street, in the CBD.