Greeks love to feed their guests, so put on those stretchy pants and get your fill of souvas, moussaka and saganaki. From fast to fancy, here are the best Greek eats in town.
The good ol’ souva is a delight to the soul. Traditionally a street-food, the souvlaki has had quite the renaissance and today holds a special place in Melbourne’s Greek heart. Check out these Melbourne souva institutions. Kali orexi.
At Hella Good, the name says it all. We’re talking fast-food essentials like chips, dips, baklava and, of course, souvlakis made with juicy meat fresh from the spit. Great news, party people: they’re open until 5am on Friday and Saturday!
ENA Greek Street Food
Nestled at Southgate, the fine folk at ENA Greek Street Food combine traditional Greek cooking principles with fresh, seasonal ingredients, and only the best cuts of local Victorian meat. You can’t go past their traditional souvlaki, served with tzatziki, pita, salad and chips, but if you’re looking to be a little naughty, make sure you try their pan fried crispy saganaki topped off with pomegranate and pine nut salsa. *salivates.
Lambs on Lygon
No night out is complete without a late-night souva from laid back, Lygon Street institution, Lambs. Not just for the night owl, Lambs has you covered morning to night, with bacon and eggs, moussaka, Greek salads, saganaki and a whole lot more. Next time you’re on Lygon Street, stop in and treat yourself.
What souvlaki list would be complete without the infamous Jimmy Grants. Brainchild of Greek food god George Calombaris, Jimmy Grants has become a household name for Melburnians, and at one point was host to the most ordered UberEats dish in the world! People’s choice has to go to the Mr Papadolous souva, lovingly assembled with slow cooked lamb, mustard aioli, onion, parsley and chips.
Not just street food, Melbourne plays host to a plethora of Greek restaurants who serve up both traditional dishes, and dishes that take Greek fare to the next level.
Melina on the Rooftop
Come for the city views, stay for the gorgeous Greek delights at Melina on the Rooftop. While away the day or night over mezze like saganaki prawns, minty Cypriot pork sausages and Santorini salad. After a few wines, it might be a challenge to order the galaktombouriko for dessert!
Under the same roof as The Press Club, but with a cruisier vibe, Gazi is named for George Calombaris’ favourite Athens neighbourhood. It’s open until late seven days a week, and offers smart, fun takes on Greek classics, like spanakopita gyoza and crème brûlée kataifi. It’s food made for good times with friends, but if you’re in a hurry try the Gazi Lunch box to takeaway.
The Press Club
George Calombaris’ The Press Club has long been the byword for sophisticated modern-Greek dining in Melbourne. Slip into one of the sleek, intimate booths and feast like the gods on Hellenic dishes made from quality local ingredients. How about taramosalata, ouzo Yarra Valley caviar and salt and vinegar loukoumades? Or Bacchus Marsh lamb with tirokafteri, zucchini and pastourma sauce? In other words, book now!
Tsindos Greek Restaurant
A Lonsdale Street favourite for decades, Tsindos Greek Restaurant is all about tradition. The waiters speak Greek, the banquets are huge (remember those stretchy pants!) and the atmosphere is family friendly. There are even numerous Greek wines on offer, as well as ouzo, Commandaria dessert wine from Cyprus and, of course, Greek coffee. You’ll want to do the Zorba dance all the way home.
When it comes to eating Greek in Melbourne, it doesn’t get more old school than Stalactites Restaurant, which opened in 1978. At some point in most Melburnians’ lives, if not on a regular basis, a big night out has been capped off here. Whether it’s a bacon-and-egg breakfast souvlaki or the meaty classic, some tzatziki, moussaka, baklava or Greek coffee, they’ve got you covered 24/7.