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Published June 21st 2015
Home of the vegetarian pizza to end all vegetarian pizzas
For those who are unfamiliar with the area, in recent years Watergardens shopping centre has expanded in an unlikely way. Sure it expanded in size over 5 years ago, many shopping centres have as well. What really made the expansion innovative was the creation of a community hub between Watergardens station and the shopping centre. In this short walk way there's a library and a restaurant precinct. Among others you'll find Switch, Hog's Breath Cafe and Cafe Greco.
It's tucked away between Hoyts and a man-made pond/dam, where you can see Switch on the other side of the it. Cafe Greco offers inside and outside dining choices. The outside dining area gives you a view of the water. There's also a small almost hidden path leading from alongside Cafe Greco that leads to a better view of the pond; it eventually leads to an exit from the Watergardens area.
Entering Cafe Greco, you first encounter a polished bar on the right side and booth seating on your left. The palette of reds, whites, and balancing black/brown continues as this section opens up into a larger dining area. Along one wall is the open kitchen which provides a nice view of your food being prepared. An occasional pan toss is always a welcomed sight.
The menu heavily features entrees, pizzas, pastas and Mediterranean/Greek dishes. However there's always a few other options that don't fall into these categories. During the week there are some family friendly specials. Lunch specials are also displayed outside.
This is the vegetarian pizza to end all vegetarian pizzas. It's not simply a smattering of vegetables. Think of the thick, luscious, strong flavours that you can have: tomato, eggplant, zucchini and capsicum. These are baked to overwhelming flavour releasing softness. The flavours come together in a Napoli sauce. Yet the real winner is a slight bitter tang in the mix. It gives a pleasant contrast and stops you short of losing yourself in the midst of the savouriness of it all. Miraculously you don't feel bloated afterwards, it's possible that whatever gives it the bitter taste relieves some of the fat.
The moussaka is, as it should be, for carb lovers. They are very generous with the tomato based sauce. Creamy pasta sheets are not covered in cream, but the actual sheet is almost melt in your mouth sweet. The pasta sheets and the eggplant are the real star of the dish. The eggplant is soft. I suspect they have either cured the eggplant or added zucchini as there is the same slight bitterness that gave the pizza its edge.
Vegetarian pizza with a much needed kick. Lusciously carb-filled moussaka with plenty of sauce. Cafe Greco offers these and many other options. Overall it's a good option whether you want a favourite or to try something new. Take a stroll along the pond if you need some time to make up your mind.