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Published January 26th 2018
The Greek on Halifax has been a well-known restaurant that resides along the quieter end of the Adelaide CBD. A family-owned business, the Greek authenticity emanates through its mouthwatering selection of dishes on their menu. Bringing together a mix of fine dining and relaxed ambience, one can expect to be well-taken care of - whether you step in for a cup of coffee, a sit and dine-in experience, or a takeaway. You would like to allow some room for the friendly chats that the owners and staff like to have with their customers (which is always enlightening and delightful)!
Having lived on Halifax Street a couple of years ago, you would be familiar with the beautiful aroma that emanates from the dishes at The Greek - and don't be surprised if you find yourselves finding it difficult to choose between the many options of dishes that they have on offer! There was recently a media luncheon that was held, where guests were treated to a selection of items from their menu. Almost all the dishes are inspired by the cuisine from the islands of Rhodes and Kastellorizo, as well as neighbouring Cyprus.
Kicking off the luncheon, guests were provided with the Four Island Dips as an appetiser, which was served with: Skordalia - potato, garlic & lemon, served with pita Pantzarosalata - beetroot, coriander, cumin & yoghurt, served with pita Tzatziki - yoghurt, cucumber & garlic, served with pita Taramasalata - fish roe, served with pita
Served with a side of pita bread, the dips were a great conversation starter and each dip presented with its own sense of tang and subtle flavours. My favourites were the Pantzarosalata and Tzatziki, which was a delight for my taste buds and also presented with a distinct Greek culinary touch!
Next up, we had the Saganaki Kefalograviera, which comes with grilled Cypriot cheese, roasted cherry tomatoes, lemon & olive oil. This was another pleasant dish that appealed to the cheese lover in me, in addition to delivering on its presentation. I've always found the cooking cheese to be a form of art. Luckily, the experts at The Greek knew how to create a beautiful balance between rich and creamy, whilst maintaining a strong cheesy texture.
Calling all salt and pepper squid lovers or generally lovers of (sea)food - the Kalamari Tiganito at The Greek comes with lightly dusted s&p squid, which is accompanied by a complementary concoction of chickpeas, capsicum, and red onion and garnished with parsley. It's really hard to find places that can perfect the way of cooking a calamari that has a crispy outer layer and tender meat within, that is not too rubbery or too slimy. The Greek's chef knows of this, as evident from how quickly this dish required seconds (and thirds and maybe even sneaky fourth serves)!
Saving the best for last (as is always the way), the luncheon was brought to a powerful close with the Paithakia - marinated and chargrilled lamb cutlets that are served on a bed of couscous. My Middle Eastern roots could not resist the beautiful smells of the different spices and ingredients that were used in this dish. The meat fell off the bone and the garnish of Mediterranean spices were a brilliant touch that excited everyone's taste buds in the room. Pin drop silence in the room meant one thing - everyone was thoroughly and heartily enjoying this dish!
The Greek on Halifax offers a variety of dishes that stay true to their roots, whilst channelling the appeal to a Western crowd. The staff are not only professional but also passionate about delivering the best of their home-base cuisine, which is apparent in their meals and the atmosphere of dining at their restaurant. Each part of The Greek has a story to be told and to be shared, so make sure you take your time and soak in the strong and lovely Greek culture that is thriving in this quaint and nostalgic-filled restaurant.