Whether you are vegan, considering to go vegan, or are simply curious about vegan cuisine and want to give it a red hot go, no one does it better in the culinary business in South Australia than Staazi and Co.
Considered a staple within the food truck scene and more recently, in the restaurant scene, Staazi and Co. has become a permanent fixture within the Adelaide dining district, where they have cemented themselves as one of the most respected and well-loved Greek eateries. With the aim to satisfy those hangry Mediterranean cravings with an ethical and sustainably-sourced approach, the food joint ticks the boxes around presentation, flavour, sustainability via its packaging, and ethical considerations by being vegan-friendly and cruelty-free in its choice of ingredients.
Founded and run by husband and wife duo Roger Brackley and Anastasia 'Staazi' Lavrentiadis, Staazi and Co. has grown from operating via a food truck since 2017 to a brick and mortar establishment residing along Grenfell Street. The aroma of their yiros, salads, AB packs, and wraps makes customers (regular and prospective) flock to the home of the tiny yet welcoming space in the city, as each dish is prepared fresh and packed full of love and plant-based goodness.
Building their business on the ethos of offering cruelty-free and vegan options of 'meat', Staazi and Co.'s flavours are unique and tingle the tastebuds in a way that will leave you with a delicious aftertaste, without giving you that bloated feeling that most meaty products do. Creating their 'mince' from a mixture of soybeans, gluten and secret herbs and spices, the options of food provided almost make you forget that you're not eating meat. As someone who has tried going vegan, Staazi and Co. has been a pleasant surprise in teaching my tastebuds how it might not be as hard to switch to this more ethical (not to mention delicious) lifestyle of cuisine.
In addition to experiencing seriously good food, the team behind Staazi and Co. also regularly advocate for and raise awareness around the benefits of going vegan - how it is better for the environment, how taste is not compromised in any way, shape or form, and how you can still experience the traditional Greek way of coming together to have a scrumptious feast.
Upon visiting their space along Grenfell Street, you are welcomed into a small but wholesome little spot of a food joint, where the staff work tirelessly to create a dish that is bursting with passion and flavour. We started with the open yiros plate, which comes with "lamb" served on a toasted pita and topped with Greek-style slaw, tomato, red onion, parsley and tzatziki sauce. A mix of zesty and juicy flavours lit up our tastebuds, with the saltiness from the 'lamb' thoroughly complementing the cooler and crunchier elements from the salad components. We then proceeded to have wholesome yiros that comes packed with all the goodness of fries, tomato, red onion, parsley, and 'lamb' - all wrapped in authentic toasted pita. This is a brilliant (not to mention mess-free) option that can be enjoyed on the go, without any compromises made on its flavours. On the side of these delicious dishes, we also devoured feta fries, which if you have not tried before, I suggest you run (not walk) at your earliest convenience because those fries are to die for!
The quality of the food offered by Staazi and Co. is unparalleled in the Adelaide vegan cuisine space, thanks to their authenticity that brings in customers by the masses on a regular basis. Their advocacy for veganism shines through their efforts to create a welcoming and inclusive little nook for Adelaide foodies to enjoy Greek cuisine in a new and progressive sense. Matching their values and passion for a more sustainable way of living with their friendly customer service has personally brought me back to visit Staazi and Co. time and time again, to the point where it has become a favourite at my workplace setting by being a regular go-to option for lunch.
You do not need to be vegan to enjoy Staazi and Co.'s offerings but I would not be surprised if you consider it after indulging in their food options, because their flavours are truly one-of-a-kind and imbibe a sense of pride and happiness, knowing that no animals were harmed in the making of your meal.
Staazi and Co. is located at 226 Grenfell Street, Adelaide SA 5000 and is open Wednesdays - Sundays for lunch and dinner.