With it’s stunning restored exterior and giant brick chimney, you truly can’t miss The Greek on Halifax. Cementing themselves as a staple in Adelaide’s restaurant catalogue over the past fifteen years, The Greek has recently taken on an exciting new look. More than just a lick of fresh paint, the redevelopment sees a homely, unique vibe to reflect the restaurant’s relaxed and group orientated spin on traditional Greek cuisine. Located in the booming heart of the CBD’s Halifax Street, The Greek is celebrating a decade and a half of success, with a new and improved look.
Since first opening fifteen years ago, The Greek has undergone a never-ending revision process under the watchful eye of owners and mother-and-son team, Mary and Ross Galantomos. While the menu, décor and atmosphere has been constantly evolving, this latest redevelopment comes as a birthday present to the establishment itself. With a roof laden with corks, walls adorned with family portraits and another ceiling decorated with traditional Greek, hand-stained chairs, it’s a stark contrast from the all-white colour scheme of The Greek’s initial restaurant design.
We stopped by to have a look around and taste the goods, and oh boy did we like what we saw (and sampled). Using primarily South Australian produce and stocking an impressive list of local wines, including Deviation Road Winery, The Greek did not disappoint. Presenting traditional Greek cuisine with a modern twist, the menu sees Australian, Middle-Eastern and Mediterranean influences that stem from Galantomos’ family tree.
On our visit to the southern CBD locale, we made sure to sample as many of the goods as our bellies could muster. From the staple dips and olives, through to exquisite chicken souvlaki and indulgent baklava, each of the dishes were obviously prepared in-house and with care. While everything that touched our lips had us reaching back for seconds, we did manage to muster up a few faves to add to your must-try list on your next visit.
Usually breaded and fried, The Greek’s simple twist on this classic sees a pared back and simply delicious mezé addition. As Mary says, “Greeks and lemon go hand in hand!”. As much is evident in this delicious starter. Grilled and served with roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon and olive oil, the Greek cheese dish had us salivating for more.
Championed by sustainably sourced octopus from Tasmania, this dish’s perfectly balanced flavours hit the spot. Stacked atop a chickpea, capsicum, red onion and parsley salad, the char-grilled octopus embodies The Greek’s modern edge.
The perfect way to round out any meal, The Greek’s loukoumathes are guaranteed have you desperately finding room for dessert. Hot honey puffs, drizzled with honey and dusted with cinnamon, these bad boys are made fresh and only available during kitchen hours.
Get down to Halifax street to check out The Greek’s new interior and incredible menu, each fifteen years in the making. Simply can’t wait? Check them out here and here to drool over their mouth-watering array of Greek fusion eats and treats.
WHERE? 75 – 79 Halifax Street, Adelaide, 5000
WHEN? Monday – Sunday: Breakfast (8.00 – 11.30am), Lunch (12.00 – 3.00pm) & Dinner (6.00 – 9.00pm).
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