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Published March 30th 2013
Australian produce made Greek: it doesn't get any better
A La Grecque is a Greek restaurant opened by the Talimanidis family in 2004.
Upon walking through the front door, you are greeted by the owner, Kosta, appearing as if he had wandered straight off the beach. He seems to match the colourful walls of the restaurant's interior, the relaxed atmosphere, while the young yet professional aproned staff compliment the set tables, polished wineglasses and tasteful background music.
Straight away you are asked if you would like still or sparkling water, and any other drinks you order appear almost magically before you know it. They boast an extensive wine list, as well as a decent range of beer, classic cocktails, brandy, aperitifs and three ciders (I would recommend The Hills). For those who don't drink alcohol, the choice is somewhat limited in comparison: juice, a couple soft drinks, tea or coffee.
Their dinner menu is lovely, altering with the seasons and available produce, but it must be said that it is definitely not for vegetarians! Every main dish (kyrio piato) has some form of fish or meat featured in it, and there are very few vegetarian entrees (mezze), however one worth a mention is the pea and mint borek. If you are a vegetarian who somehow ends up here, your best bet would be to order a selection of the sides (akri), such as the braised green beans. A La Grecque seems to do fish better than anything else: grilled flathead with broccolini, kalamari with dukkah, or charred cuttlefish, all of which they get right every time.
Food is delicious, service is quick.. The only real problem with this restaurant is the pricing. It may be the only fine-dining restaurant in Aireys Inlet, regardless prices up to $11 for a side and $38 for a main is extravagant. Because of this you might be better off saving this place for special occasions and heading off to the pub across the street instead, like a classic Aussie.