Freelancer and aspiring journalist from Adelaide. Visual Arts graduate & current journalism student. Fashion, lifestyle, entertainment, art & food. I also write for The Adelaidian // theadelaidian.net/author/georgina-tselekidis
Published November 3rd 2015
What you mean you eat no meat? That's okay I make Lamb
If you're after a true Greek dining experience that will leave you with an incredibly full tummy, then I definitely recommend The Greek on Halifax. Being Greek myself, I am very particular when it comes to dining at Greek eateries, so I was slightly hesitant about trying this place out. However, I must say this is one of Adelaide's finest Greek Restaurants, and I'll return again.
The hustle and bustle inside this small little place is something reminiscent of a Greek Taverna that you can find hidden in the Greek Streets of Athens, or a Village. The decor of this place really stood out to me, with visible brick walls and photographs of family in black and white. I really liked the way the owners incorporate their own family history into their restaurant. It shows a real connection and passion for food and their Greek heritage. The food also proves this.
Having visited with family, we went all out and ordered a few diverse platters and dishes. I always suggest platters to large groups, as it enhances the dining experience and can be a more social way of eating. This is also the traditional way to eat in Greece. No one orders separate mains like we tend to do here. The Greeks believe in Mezze, and Kefi - which can be translated as a way of spirit, or joy; to enjoy the simple things in life and embrace the moment. Their food conveys this. In Greece, we order various dishes and share, picking at it all night and usually dining for up to nearly 5 hours with cigarette breaks in between. This is what I love about the Greek dining experience.
The Greek on Halifax promotes this way of eating with the array of dishes and sides that are on offer. We ordered the Thalassina Seafood Platter which consists of a generous amount of prawns, calamari, octopus, fish & Moreton Bay bugs,served with a garden salad. This Seafood Platter was by far the best I've had in Adelaide. Definitely showcasing Australia's finest Seafood. The Platter usually serves two, but this was more than enough to feed over two people.
We also ordered the Olympian Meat Platter. Let me warn you, this platter was intense. The meat is very filling and I'd only suggest ordering two Platters if you have a larger group. This consists of lamb yiros, chicken souvlakia, quail, lamb cutlets, loukanika & keftedes, served with rice. Definitely an amazing platter. My favourite was the loukaniko - it's a traditional Greek sausage that is usually infused with red wine and orange zest, and this sweetness is what makes this sausage unique. We decided to order some Saganaki as a side, as this is a traditional Greek cheese that compliments any Greek main, and I believe it's a must have when dining at a Greek restaurant. It's similar to Haloumi, as it is salty and fried. However, in my opinion Saganaki is a lot better, as it's less rubbery in texture.
For dessert I opted for the Loukoumades as they are my all time favourite Greek dessert and remind me of my childhood. They are deep-fried honey puffs. Basically a dough-like consistency that is deep-fried and then topped with honey, or a syrup and sprinkled with cinnamon. Just writing about Loukoumades immediately makes me crave them.
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Georgina ...excellent summary.I too like the food of Greece..Back in the 50,s,every medium size country town, seemed to have a cafe run by Greeks ,which the locals would call the 'greasy spoon'...perhaps a play on words.The Greek restaurants these days are a far cry from those early days,but in many respects still remain places of uncomplicated food ., featuring seafood and meat.Lamb seems to be a specialty of the Greek way of cooking and they seem to to cook it best in most cases.
The restaurant you mention,I have only had coffee and something sweet to go with it,when visiting there.
Now that you have given it your blessing,then I must give it a try sometime.