I have always loved Melbourne….for the food, the culture there is always something happening.
On a recent visit to Melbourne mum took me to Gazi. The restaurant is owned by George Calombaris. The food according to mum is to die for.
Upon entering Gazi you encounter a wall with graffiti and just past that are the bathrooms but you don’t see them as they are hidden by the graffiti.
Entering the restaurant the vibe is casual yet the amazing aromas from the kitchen get your stomach rumbling.
We were seated at a table towards the end and at 5.30 the restaurant was already half full. The staff were very attentive, knew a lot about the menu and made perfect recommendations.
The menu is short sweet and the food is reasonably priced. The theme is sharing platters and Greek Street food. Trust me it does not disappoint.
We started of with Grilled Calamari. The flavors were fresh & the calamari was perfectly grilled & not rubbery or chewy.
We also ordered a pitcher of Sangria as the cocktails were a bit pricey. The sangria was delicious and with the perfect amount of alcohol
Next in line was the most anticipated item on the menu Soft Shell crab deep fried with a dressing of mint coriander honey mayo in a SOUVLAKAKIA. Oh my god. This was absolutely divine. I could have had a few more but mum was insisting on trying other items on the menu so I had to contend with only one
For the main we ordered two sharing platters. The waiter suggested that we would like to only have half a serving of one platter as it might be too much. We ordered half of the Chicken white beans tyrokafteri & walnut dressing & a full platter of the Pork belly white beans apple skordalia & walnut dressing. The flavor combinations were amazing and everything just complemented each other so well. We also ordered a side of Tiganites patates which are really chips with oregano olive oil and feta. You would think feta with chips wouldn’t work wrong so wrong…it was a match made in heaven.
When in Melbourne this place is definitely worth a visit. Not too far from Flinders Station maybe around 3 blocks walk. Book in advance as the place fills up quite quick. By the time we left at 7.30 people were waiting for a while to be seated.
2 Exhibition Street, Melbourne VIC 3000, Australia
+61 3 9207 7444