After the Paniyiri Festival comes to a close each year, Brisbane is always left in a state of longing. One weekend is simply not enough time to get our fill of Greeky delights. But with the arrival of South Bank’s newest dining spot, you can fill your Herculean appetites with pita and honey puffs all year long. Opening June 13, Zeus Street Greek will celebrate the very best of Australian-Hellenic food with modern flavour combos to satisfy the Greek in you.
Zeus knows how you’ll be able to stop yourself gorging on honey puffs all year round, especially with both traditional and chocolate to choose from. Maybe if you sate our appetite on souvla and haloumi on opening day you’ll be able to resist – June 13 is being dedicated as ‘I love Souvla Saturday,’ with free pita wraps between 12-3pm. For every wrapped delight $2 will be donated to Micah Projects to help the homeless, ringing true to the restaurants motto of filoxenia – to show hospitality to all. Sounds like a good excuse to drop in for a haloumi and olive tapenade or slow cooked lamb and eggplant pita to us!
The menu isn’t just pitas (though they’re pretty irresistible), with plenty of other options that are positively drool worthy. Feta and oregano chips are totally worth getting ‘greecey’ for! The vegetarian options are not just felafs either, with classic Greek salads that have had a tasty makeover. Or you could just feast on endless haloumi.
Heading up the kitchen is Brisbane chef Damian Draper, the culinary whiz behind Pony Dining. He’ll be ensuring nothing but fast, fresh authentic Greek fare comes out of the kitchen, using produce sourced from people who care about what they put into the land – whether they’re harvesting olives or growing lambs.
The schmick new venue is all at once relaxed and sophisticated, with industrial shelving crammed with exotic looking bottles and jars, pendant lighting and a clear view into the kitchen where you can see lamb and chicken souvla spinning away over hot charcoal. Indoor and outdoor seating cleverly manages to suit both big groups for sit down meals or a quick bite to eat before a show.
And with a motto of ‘We do not sit at the table to eat… but to eat together’ you’ve got every excuse to head in with friends and demand a bite of spanakopita from each of them, but just be prepared to fight off the sneaky fingers trying to pick at your pita. Bite for a bite?
Words by Elissa Rogers