There were many places we wanted to try but the sumptuous Greek dishes from Gazi were ones we had to have whilst in Melbourne.
As we were shown to our table, I was glad we made a booking because the restaurant was busy.
At 6.30pm on a Tuesday night the day after Boxing day, it was obvious that people were still in celebration mode . The restaurant was buzzing with families and groups of friends seemingly all on a summer holiday catch up.
The neon sign glowed and provided warmth to the concrete and glass entrance door. This feeling of balance continued inside where the upside down clay pots gave the industrial interiors an earthy feel.
We are yet to pay a visit to Greece but if the food in Gazi is anything to go by, then I imagine we would not want to leave.
The menu is designed for sharing and includes large and small dishes. Which was perfect for us as we were in that post-Christmas mode, and this allowed us to graze through the menu while still trying lots of things.
All the dishes ordered were delicious – especially the Crab Souvlakakia, Lamb kalamakia (cooked on the wood fire grill) and the delectable pork belly. Eddie is still dreaming about that pork belly!
Some dishes, like the Kataifi prawns, had an unusual and delicious pairing of ingredients. The juicy king prawns were coated with almond slivers, fried and served with mayonnaise sweetened with honey (or at least it tasted like honey).
All the dishes had this delicious element of surprise. It really does showcase the style and talent of Chef, Owner and MasterChef Australia host, George Columbaris.
2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne
Tel: +61 3 9207 7444
Open 11.30am til late
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