AUTHENTIC GREEK DINING – WEST END, QLD

Ready yourself for a Greek experience like no other!

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There are three things you need to become a cult classic in Brisbane’s trendier suburb of West End: good food, good music and a great atmosphere.

The Greek Club doesn’t just effortlessly tick those boxes, it goes above and beyond to meet them. Nestled on top of a hill opposite a beautiful park with rolling green lawns, it looks like an inviting white castle – already you can hear the strains of live music being played.

One of their most popular menu items, the three-course banquet, is a must if you want to experience the full Greek cuisine journey. With very generous helpings of each item, it’s best to order this feast when you’re truly hungry!

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Course one starts with a simple, yet classic dish – pita with an assortment of classic dips, served alongside peperies saganaki (greek peppers with feta cheese). With it’s rich and uniquely delicious flavours, it’s guaranteed to convert anyone into an immediate red pepper lover.

While it might be tempting to keep eating, it’s best to save room – there’s much, much more still to come.

Course two combines a selection of the most popular entrees, including calamari, grilled haloumi, dolmades (rice and fresh herbs wrapped in vine leaves) and spanakopita (a filo pie made with spinach and feta cheese). Just quietly, this is by far some of the best calamari you’re likely to ever experience!

The best is still yet to come though, with course three serving up lamb cutlets that are cooked to perfection, chicken souvlakia, loukanika (grilled traditional Greek pork sausage), lemon potatoes and of course a refreshing Greek salad. If you thought you’d tried every version of potato out there, think again! These potatoes are served in a delicious lemon and herb sauce, creating a truly unique and exciting taste.

If you have a sweet tooth, adding the Platter of Greek Desserts to your meal is a must. Served with a combination of favourites – Baklava, Galactobouriko, Kataifi & Loukoumia –  you’ll find that rumour about having a second stomach reserved solely for desserts is actually true, despite previously protesting that you simply couldn’t eat another bite.

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Every meal is concluded with a complimentary shot of sweet wine – although don’t let it’s presentation fool you, it comes with a warning to sip slowly. When sipped as instructed, you’re able to fully appreciate the contrasting bitter tones with the sweet aftertaste. It’s guaranteed to leave you with a sweet taste in your mouth, long after the meal is over.

It’s not just the food that’s authentic at The Greek Club. It’s obvious from entry this restaurant is popular amongst the Greek locals.

If you’re lucky you’ll catch them on a particularly spirited day, where some will jump up and join in on the singing, while others will dance to the traditional tunes.

The Greek Club not only ticks all the boxes, it stands out a cut above the rest, and is well worth a visit (or three!)

 

 

By Cassie Jacobs

 

Cassie experienced The Greek Club’s 3-Course Greek Banquet, which costs $39 p.p and the Platter Of Greek Desserts ($15.50).

 

 

The Greek Club

w: http://www.thegreekclub.com.au/odyssey-taverna/

T: (07) 3171 8398

A: 29 Edmondstone Street, West End

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