Being of Greek heritage I am always on the lookout for tasty Greek food and a good excuse to lapse into the mother tongue.
There is no better place for a satisfying quick meal then the Yiros Shop in James Street. James Street is full of the most elegant boutiques and artisanal shops and ranks as one of the best places in the city to be browsing and window shopping. Everyone knows how easy it is to work up an appetite doing just that.
So I walked into the Yiros Shop and ordered a yiros with lamb in the traditional pitta. You are always asked if you want all the accompaniments which usually mean tzatziki, chips, tomatoes and red onions. I wanted everything of course and when I said tzatziki that was the biggest give away. The manager asked me if I was Greek and we exchanged tales of belonging and origins.
I should add for all you non Greeks out there - yiros or gyros means round or going round so the name describes the implement on which the meat is placed which goes round and cooks gradually from background heat, a vertical grill of sorts.
I took my yiros and my first feeling was that my eyes were bigger than my stomach. It was big and I was a little worried that I would not be able to eat it all as I no longer have the appetite of a teenager. I sat down and took my first bite and it was all that a splendid quick meal should be: warm pitta bread but a little fried, fabulous succulent pieces of lamb with some crunchy bits and then the tzatziki dressing which goes so well with the meat, and that guilty pleasure of the crunchy chips.It is not elegant eating as you stuff more into your mouth and the tzatziki drips on your fingers, but who cares. It was heaven. I tried to eat it slowly and to savour it more, but it was so delicious it disappeared far too quickly.
There is seating inside and out and the menu offers all types of yiros, pork, chicken and lamb. There is halloumi as a vegetarian option and various dips to keep you going, all at very affordable prices.
Will I be back for more? Nai! (Greek for yes).
The Yiros Shop
Address: 10/65-67 James Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 Phone:(07) 3257 0225
Take away is available but can you wait that long?