It was my turn to organise the girls' night out, and I chose Greek. Perhaps I was feeling a little dramatic. Perhaps I had just finished watching 'Mamma Mia! The Movie.' Perhaps I was in the mood for eating with my fingers.
Along with their full menu of authentic Greek food (think souvlaki, kefetedes, moussaka) George's Meze in Subiaco offers three share platters, each available in two sizes: for two ($35) or for four ($50). The share platters were a big factor in my choosing George's Meze in Subiaco.
I love share plates. By their very nature they are friendly and casual and you get to try lots of different foods. But restaurants can take one of two approaches towards them: they can either use them as a way of getting rid of leftovers, or they can use them as a way of highlighting their specialties. Luckily, George's Meze is the latter.
So how was it? Firstly, Greek is no delicate flower. It is full of big, robust, meaty, manly flavours. There is plenty of salt and herbs and … well, meat. Even the vegetarian platter is meaty (not really, but you know what I mean). The taste is strong, salty and earthy, with a mix of textures – soft, salty feta, chewy bread, hearty lamb kebabs, squeaky haloumi.
Secondly, the presentation is what you would call rustic: there is no mastercheffy 'plating up' here. The food is basically dumped (nicely) in a homely, reassuring way on the plate. It's a casual way of eating: all reaching across the table, and licking of fingers and tearing of bread. Like home.
Even the room feels like someone's dining room; with wooden chairs and tables, plates hanging on the wall, coloured glass in the windows, and a fish tank with an enormous, lonely gold fish.
We ordered a large veggie platter and a small version of the meat and seafood platters to feed six. When they arrived I think we were a little underwhelmed. I felt quite sure there would not be enough to fill us up, and I wasn't sure whether the plates were meant to be eaten as a starter, or if they would be substantial enough for a main as we had intended.
The meat platter had a huge serve of chorizo, a lamb kebab, two meatballs, salad, dips, fetta and olives and bread. The kebab was my favourite and I enjoyed the chorizo, though a few of the group thought it was undercooked.
In the end, there was enough food, although I ended up eating salad leaves which I might not normally. Everyone was quite happy to order desserts rather than order more mains. No one left hungry, but by the same token, no one was really stuffed.
The one person in our group who ordered a standalone meal, couldn't finish it.
The dessert menu is a mixed bag, with what felt like a large price range from the $3.80 Kourapiedes (shortbread) and Melomakaronia (honey biscuit) to the $14.80 sundae's including the Drunken Greek (icecream, brandied fruit, cream, nuts and chocolate). I ordered the $9.80 Halva cake – made with semolina and coconut. It was moist and sweet and tasty. Nothing special to look at, but homey and very enjoyable.
We had a good night, we all ate well and despite the huge variation on prices (the share platters worked out to be $20 a head, but the standalone meal was $40) the final bill worked out okay (especially after we got our Entertainment Cards out).
I'm not sure if everyone was a fan of Greek by the end of the night, and the flavours kind of stay with you (if you know what I mean), but if you are looking for a good, strong meal, then George is your man.