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by Tricia Ziemer (subscribe)
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Published September 12th 2019
Feed your inner Greek without having to do all the cooking
As I am part Greek, I love Greek food and seek it out at restaurants. Back in the 1970s there were Greek Restaurants everywhere in Melbourne, but as many new cultures have joined the migration to Australia, they are becoming scarcer. I am so happy to see souvlaki vans popping up everywhere to continue the joy of spicy beef and lamb.

So I was very excited when I stumbled on an authentic Greek restaurant in Corydon. I travel there weekly to do a live radio program. After entertaining the masses for several hours, you work up an appetite.

Meat Empire Greek Restuarant in Croydon
Meat Empire Greek Restuarant in Croydon - Photos by Tricia Ziemer

When I was younger, my grandmother and grandfather put on beautiful feasts, the table laden with dishes. But at home, my mum being Irish, just did not get the Greek cooking. I love her to bits, but her lamb curry was a sad, sad thing.

Alfresco Dining at Greek Restaurant
Alfresco dining at Greek restaurant

So to run across this wonderful Greek restaurant in Croydon was a treat indeed. The smells when walking into the restaurant are so enticing. And the tables are full and there is a long line picking up take away. The grill is right there, so you can see all the beautiful foods made up fresh.

Traditional Greek Salad has those stunning Mediterranean flavours
Traditional Greek salad has those stunning Mediterranean flavours

Yummy Spanakopita Greek Spinach Pastry
Yummy Spanakopita Greek Spinach Pastry

It is hard to pick among all the choices, but their Saganaki and Spanakopita or real treats as appetisers. But of course, the rotisseries are turning and souvlaki is on the go all day.
Meat Empire is an apt name for the tavern.

Lovely mix of big and small tables for families or intimate dining
Lovely mix of big and small tables for families or intimate dining

There are specials every day. And they have an appetiser of Greek dips with pita bread and a blend of shared plates that let you taste all the different Greek sensations.

Australian Wines complement
Australian wines complement

They have a line of Greek bread and meat μπέργκερ (burgers) with a wide variety of toppings named after famous Greek heroes.

Extensive Wine Selection
Extensive wine selection

Prices are very reasonable and they are happy to make something up fresh if you are allergic to anything.

Helpful Staff at all times
Helpful staff at all times

These are all matched nicely with local Australian wines - red, white and sparkling.

They have catered for big families with long tables at the back of the restaurant or more intimate dining at the front.

The staff are lovely, nothing is too much to ask. Because of this, I find everyone is willing to wait and watch the chef in fascination for their dining experience.
They cook Greek and Speak the lingo
They cook Greek and speak the lingo

This place is worth a trip for food and ambience.

Check out this menu
Check out this menu

Some things they could add would be a grilled fish or oysters. My Dad and Grandfather would bring in the oysters from the rocks and we would shuck them fresh with a sharp knife and slurp them down. The only way to have oysters straight from the sea with that beautiful salty tasty and silky texture. Sometimes if we were lucky, there would be a pearl tucked in underneath. It was a special moment. To this day, I have one of those natural pearls. But oysters and Greeks go back to the days of Homer and earlier.

This restaurant should also allow you to blend a Saganaki (grilled cheese) and Spanakopita in a smaller share. Two half shares for a one price taste sensation.
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Why? You love or want to experience Greek food?
When: Every day but Monday 12am to 9 pm
Phone: 03) 9723 1199
Where: Meat Empire, 2/131 Main St, Croydon VIC 3136
Cost: Based on Menu
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