Up until recently, I hadn’t visited any community clubs in Sydney. It made sense to me that food in community clubs would be good, cheap and authentic. I was probably resorting to my memories of the food in the Peruvian-Japanese club my family and I were members of.
This post about the Cyprus Community Club sparked my curiosity, mainly because it’s very close to where we live.
We went for dinner on a Saturday night and had the feeling we were the only non Cypriots in the big dining room. There was live music, families, and kids running around in Sunday clothes. My housemate correctly noted that it felt like we were uninvited guests in a private function.
We skipped the set menus and ordered a few dishes to share instead: BBQ octopus, sweetbreads, lamb souvlaki and garlic prawns. Unfortunately, a few minutes later we were told there were no sweetbreads, so we ordered chicken souvlaki instead.
All dishes came with a side of rice and vegetables (steamed cauliflower and carrots). The souvlaki came with pita bread, too.
Lamb souvlaki ($15.50)
Chicken souvlaki ($14)
Contrary to my expectations, the servings were quite small and unmemorable. The octopus was the best dish of the lot, so we ordered a second plate to satisfy our appetite.
BBQ octopus ($13 for entrée size, ours was main size)
The prawns were swimming in a creamy sauce. I was expecting something more along the lines of prawns sautéed with garlic, my bad for not asking before ordering. The sauce was tasty, though, so we happily accepted the risk of dairy consequences.
Garlic prawns ($22)
The beverage list includes affordable wines by the bottle and even cheaper carafes of house wine ($8 for 500ml, $16 for a litre). Ordering house wine is always a gamble; this time we didn’t have much luck.
Cyprus Community Club
58 – 76 Stanmore Road
Stanmore NSW 2048
(02) 9550 3862