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Published November 2nd 2020
When you want to feed your inner-Greek this is the place
Being part Greek, I crave those Greek treats and foods I grew up with. And sometimes I do not feel like cooking. Lucky for me, close to my work, is the wonderful Greek restaurant, Meat Empire.
Located in the quaint main street of Croydon, this is the perfect place for lunch, dinner, or takeaway. The tables, indoor and out, are always full and the takeaway queue is always long, which is a wonderful sign of great Greek Food.
I can attest to this as it is my one-stop-shop to fill those Greek hunger pangs. It is a family-run business with love which shows in the warm menu, welcoming people, and chic decor. Walking into the space feels like walking out of Melbourne and onto Rhodes Island.
It is both family-friendly and has easy access for wheelchairs. We can never decide between the Saganaki or Spanakopita to start with, so sometimes we get both and take leftovers home for the next day to nibble on. And all your favourite Greek kérasma (treats) are on the menu.
The Micro Platter is the smaller version for a smaller feast of a meat fest including lamb and chicken that melts in your mouth with wonderful Greek spices. They remind me of the smells of the kitchen at home when I was a wee one.
The Gyros Souvlaki is on the go early in the morning to be available by the 12 noon opening time and wafts down the street drawing you in. And they wrap it any way you like with any or all the extra trimmings.
They have a succulent range of seafood from calamari to a seafood platter for two, that you will struggle to finish with its generous portions.
The names and sauces on the burgers are fun and yum. The Spartan, Hercules, and the Titan Burgers are real juicy beef, not those fast-food attempts at beef. You know the ones - those with the huge burger pictures on the flash screens and the wafer-thin things they throw out the window with stale fries.
All of these meals can be complemented with fine Australian Wines and worldly beers. The only thing missing on this menu to make it the complete Greek experience is Ouzo. If you are new to Greek food, this is worth a road trip for you and your friends for a true taste of the Mediterranean.