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Published July 10th 2016
Greek fare you won't want to share
Just on Richmond's Swan St, Bahari The Hellenic Palate is a tasty joint venture between ex-Masterchef contestant Philip Vakos and Stell Kaponas delivering some seriously good eats. The cosy eatery's name 'Bahari' comes from the Greek words for 'spice' or 'all spice' and the food is Vakos' take on authentic Greek cuisine.
Bahari has a casual atmosphere, the kind of place you'll want to come with a group of friends or family and settle in sharing some great food.
A few tasty bites at Richmond's Bahari. Image:The Ideas Library
The menu here is actually rather small in that it changes frequently with a variety of specials depending on what's fresh and in season.
We started off our meal with plenty of fresh pita and a few bites of pork jowl and feta arancini balls that just meal in your mouth as well as prawns kataifi, which is essentially prawns wrapped in a string-like pastry giving it an incredible crunch. Served up with aoili and they are incredibly moorish (pictured above).
As you'd imagine, the menu here is designed to share, which is the best excuse for ordering up several items and trying a bit of everything. Next up, the saganaki (a must-order dish) was cooked perfectly. And really, it's hot grilled cheese, so what's there not to love?
Opting to go for something I wouldn't normally order, I took my dining companions advice and tried the Fasolakia, a traditional Greek dish that, while it's not the prettiest item on the menu, it's certainly one of the tastiest.
Made of green beans, onion, tomato cooked together with spices, it's so very delish and a great option for vegetarians as well.
Traditional Fasolakia at Bahari Richmond. Image:The Ideas Library