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Athenian Greek Restaurant

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Published November 11th 2015
Fine dining in impressive historic building
Inside the former Savings Bank of NSW building in the Sydney CBD is a delightful fine dining establishment, the Athenian Greek Restaurant. From the street, the restaurant is an imposing historic building. The exterior of this building is remarkable to gaze upon.

Athenian Restaurant Sydney
Athenian Restaurant

The interior of this restaurant is just as impressive with its high ceilings, large room and pictures from Greek landscapes.

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Pictures of Greek landscapes

We chose this restaurant for a family birthday celebration. We began with deliciously moist herb bread, then our mains arrived. Birthday Girl, who was born on Melbourne Cup Day many years ago, chose a delicious dish, Beef Stifado, which is beef pieces marinated in red wine and tomatoes with herbs and spices. She found this dish lip-smackingly good.

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Beef Stifado

Mr. Faye ordered the Athenian Special which comprised Greek lamb, papoutsakia (stuffed zucchini with minced meat), stuffed capsicum, cabbage roll and vegetables. He thought this meal was superb.

Athenian Special meal
Athenian Special

Teen Faye ordered his oft-favourite dish, schnitzel. This veal schnitzel dish had a delectable crunchy coating and the meat was very tasty. He had to defend his meal from my fork skewering parts of the schnitzel and carrying it off to my plate.

veal schnitzel Athenian restaurant
Veal Schnitzel

For my main, I ordered the Kefethes which are traditional baked meatballs. I liked the meatballs but I wished that my meal had more of a 'kick' to it it needed some spice in this meaty dish.

Kefethes meatballs baked Athenian restaurant

We looked at the dessert menu but decided we could get a gelato elsewhere. The waiter brought over a plate of petite Turkish delights which we shared and these were absolutely delicious.

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Spacious restaurant

The dining tables are spacious which was one of the things I loved about this restaurant.It was a table for four and there was room for drinks and food and there wasn't that cramped feeling where one tries not to elbow your dining partner for lack of table space.
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Why? Fine dining in Greek restaurant
When: Mon - Sat 12 noon - 3:30 pm; Mon - Wed 5:30 - 9:30 pm; Thur - Sat 5:30 - 10:00 pm; Closed Sunday's
Phone: 9262 2624
Where: 11 Barrack St, Sydney NSW
Cost: Mains from $22
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