I’ve usually celebrated my birthday at home, but my current shortage of resources (time & money) meant this year it was best to eat out. Several months ago Al and I went indoor climbing and I noticed a Greek restaurant in our way back home, close to Sydney Park. We didn’t go in because we felt under-dressed for the place. It didn’t look that fancy but our sweaty workout outfits were more suitable for a takeaway kinda deal.
A few weeks later I saw Helen’s post about that very same restaurant and I knew I had to add it to my wishlist. Finally I got to try Yiamas Greek Taverna on my birthday.
Bonnie, Gladys, Al and I shared a bunch of dishes, which I was allowed to choose. First came a large Greek salad, fresh, tasty, and good-sized.
Greek salad ($18.50 large)
Next came the chargrilled octopus, which wasn’t the most tender I’ve had, but it was tasty for sure.
Chargrilled octopus ($18.50)
Next was something I usually look for in menus: sweet breads (glykadia in Greek). The tasty little morsels had been pan-fried to achieve a golden, almost crunchy exterior which contrasted with their soft texture.
Two kondosouvli plates, with meat from spit roast, completed our meal. You can choose lamb, pork or chicken, we opted for a bit of everything. Each plate costed $21.90 and was worth every cent. The meats were super tender and flavourful, perhaps a little heavy on the salt but nothing that couldn’t be washed off with a sip of wine.
Vicky, Andrey and Neil order set menu 1, which at $38 per person turned out to be great value for their money. The meal included Greek salad, tzatziki (yoghurt dip), tarama (roe dip), pan-fried haloumi cheese, loukaniko (grilled spicy sausage), eggplant saganaki (grilled eggplant in tomato & feta), and pork souvlakia from the spit roast served on chips. Appart from stuffed, they looked very happy with the food.
Bread, tzatziki, tarama (part of set menu 1)
Eggplant saganaki (part of set menu 1)
Haloumi (part of set menu 1)
Calamari (part of set menu 1)
Loukaniko (part of set menu 1)
Max ordered lamb souvlakia (skewers) served with 1 dip, pita bread, and salad.
Jane and Gary ordered the kondosouvli plate for 1, with lamb, pork and/or chicken from the spit roast, served with 1 dip, pita bread, chips, and salad. They also ordered horta, endives in olive oil and lemon, which unfortunately left them uninpressed.
Kondosouvli plate for 1 (from the spit roast) $28.50
Susy and José ordered the kondosouvli plate for 2, same deal as the one Jane and Gary ordered, but twice as big. Needless to say, they couldn’t finish it and were happily assisted by a big Russian.
Kondosouvli plate for 2 ($53.90)
Although dinner and wine were plentiful, there was still room for birthday cake: a Paleo chocolate cake with dark chocolate ganache, topped with fresh blueberries & raspberries. As if the double cream in the ganache was not enough, some of us ate it with more cream on the side.