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Published June 11th 2015
Weekend Gyro Escape
Greek Street food is just incredible and amazing tasty. I can't believe it has taken me this long to find Zeus Street Greek in Drummoyne, however, the hidden ambiance of Zeus is part of its Greek-inspired charm. I was excited to check this place out.
Before I get into the food, let me tell you a little bit about this gem of a restaurant. Zeus is situated slightly off the main strip on Lyons Road, so it is not the easiest area to get to via public transport. However, it is a great place for weekend brunch and it is licensed. so you can have an icy beer or cider with your meal.
The vibe is contemporary and there is a casual yet cool feel to this place. The setup is essentially a fast food take away with restaurant-quality seating areas. The menu offers traditional Greek classics like the gyros (the Greek equivalent of a kebab) but with a contemporary twist.
This establishment speaks volumes when it comes to real food made authentically and anyone who walks in can see why. Zeus slow-cooked their meat for more than 12 hours on kontosouvli – a Cypriot method of chargrilling the meat on short skewers on hot lava coals. There is a range of meat options available that include pork, lamb or chicken.
We ordered a Uncle 'Tzimmy' Classic Chicken Pita ($10.50) with Zeus's signature char-grilled chicken, tomato, Tzatziki, onion, paprika and chips.
The chicken gyro was brought out on an individual stamped wooden board. The house-made pita bread was warm, fluffy and lightly charred. Honestly, I could have these incredible warm pita breads on their own. I just love the taste of fresh bread.
We also ordered a Soft Shell Crab Pita ($13.50). It was unusual to see an Asian flavoured gyro but we were tempted at the sound of lightly fried soft shell crab served with Aegean slaw.
Encased inside the sturdy Greek pita bread were hunks of crispy, tasty battered soft shell crab. They were drizzled with preserved lemon mayonnaise, then caramelised onion and a handful of refreshing Aegean slaw was added on top.
It was amazingly delicious with the tangy sweet chili sauce and every bite was fresh and filled with flavour. However, the fluffy pita bread does make the meal slightly more filling.
There were nodding approvals of these gyro all round. The gyros were smaller in comparison to your mid-night kebabs you get in the city but they looked so adorable blanketed in Greek-style wrapping papers.
For sweet-spot, you definitely do not want to miss out Zeus's Greek-style dessert - specifically, the Chocolate & Halva ice cream ($5 a tub). The chocolate ice cream was velvety and smooth with halva cake pieces hidden in it. It was the perfect tub-of-sweetness to end the meal.
Overall, Zeus is an exciting chic Greek restaurant. It is definitely a local street food favourite and I will definitely recommend this hip place if you are after a vibrant Greek Street-food feast experience.