A free-spirit studying psychology at the University of Sydney.
Published September 12th 2015
An evening in the Greek Isles
With white-washed walls, a Mediterranean setting, and the aroma of traditional Greek cuisine, one may well think they are in Santorini rather than Brighton-Le-Sands. We were lured into this bayside Taverna by warm and welcoming staff. Here began a leisurely Friday night dinner.
Okay, I did forget to mention, the thing that really won us over was the 'free beer or wine' on the board showcased on the footpath. These beverages were perfect to warm us up for our Greek style fine dining, which is the focus of this restaurant. In addition to authentic cuisine, Kamari aims to create an authentic atmosphere to make it stand out from other Greek restaurants.
White and blue always make me think Greek Islands.
The menu spoils you for choice. There are so many entree dishes that'd make an enticing starter or share platter for you and your group. We settled on the traditional Greek salad which was actually rather substantial. The fresh vegetables were mixed in with tasty feta and olives. We were off to a great taste adventure of the Mediterranean.
Colourful and tasty! Traditional Greek Salad $15.90
Tempted by too many options from the mains list, we decided to narrow down to three dishes to share, giving us the opportunity to try a variety of the Greek specialities on offer here. I was incapable of resisting the Moussaka. The cheesey bake was heaven. Add in the mince, eggplant, and tomato sauce, and you get a beautiful blend for the taste buds. The only thing is the potato pieces mixed through fill you up faster. I tried to avoid them so I could graze on this mouthwatering favourite for longer.
I'm pretty sure the pot is intended to share - it is rather rich! Moussaka $19.90.
To contrast with the heavy bake we also ordered Kalamarakia, the calamari dish. The crispy salt and pepper pieces were rather light and easy to down. I love the tang the lemon juice adds. Oh, and the sauce. Don't quote me but I'm thinking it was aioli. Also enjoy a bonus side of classic Greek greens.
Calamari is always a yummy decision. Kalamarakia $22.90.
Last but not least, to spice up our selection even more we got the Lamb Atlantis. Several juicy flavours came together in this one. The aromatic lamb is soaked in sweet, sweet, onion jus. This sits on a silky bed of sweet potato mash. The sweet and salty flavours mix to perfection. I was addicted.
Including lamb juices, sweet potato puree and an even sweeter onion jus. Lamb Atlantis $28.90.
We were too full to entirely finish all of these main dishes, nor try the desserts. I think a case of 'eyes bigger than your stomach' is easily caught here. I look forward to coming back in the (hopefully) near future to try the other flavours straight from the streets of Santorini. Not to mention, the waters of botany bay just across the road help to craft the pleasant illusion. Visit Brighton and feast on this culture in a very friendly and inviting venue.