Don't be worried about turning to stone when you enter Medusa's Greek Taverna in the heart of the Sydney CBD. The serpent-haired guardian might have a reputation for unfortunate interactions, but you will only find quality service and dining in her taverna.
The waitstaff are attentive without being too full-on and offer encouragement to adventurous diners who are game enough to tackle the infamously difficult Greek pronunciation. Kefalotyri saganaki, anyone? Unfortunately the service can sometimes be light on the ground, particularly when all the tables are full.
The menu is broad without going overboard, showcasing the classic Greek staples of lamb, cheese, and eggplant. The dip selection, served with warm pita bread, is the best way to get started. The tzatziki is vibrant while the melitzanosalata works wonders with garlic, eggplant, and olive oil. You'll be fighting with your companions over who gets to wipe the bowl clean.
For mains it is hard to go past the lamb dishes. The slow baked side served with lemon potatoes and roast vegetables (Medusa's Arni Sto Fourno) has that melt-in-your-mouth factor that many restaurants aim for but only few achieve. If only there were a few more potatoes on the plate. Souvlaki fans will struggle to find a better one in Sydney than the Arni Souvlaki. The grilled lamb skewers are balanced well with the accompanying tzatziki, spicy salad, and chips.
Hopefully you still have some room left when it comes time for glyka (sweets). The custard rolls (galactobouriko), dough puffs (loukoumades), and baclava are hard to resist, but Medusa offers up the ultimate temptation.
This signature dish is comprised of ouzo strawberries, pomegranate coulis, anise ice cream, and rose water fairy floss. With an ending like that, your meal will be anything other than a Greek tragedy.