Get Me to The Greek

1 Apr

You know those dinners, those well-earned celebratory ones, where you kick back with good mates after enduring an arduous stint of work, when you’re laughing so hard and so carelessly that the table behind turns to stare, with wine flowing merrily and fingers grabbling at food; t’was.. such a night.

Going to The Greek is like coming home. Think warmly-lit  brick walls, white paned windows, roomy corners and nostalgic black n’ white photos. Another reason it feels so, is because this restaurant has a story. For almost fifty years since 1909 the same building operated as a waste incinerator, aptly named “The Destructor”, ridding Adelaide of its bulk of rubbish and generating good ol’ electricity. Today, the building is a friendly space, its towering thirty-five metre chimney a beacon to all those in search of an honest meal.

And what a meal was served up. Our table surface was groaning under the weight of dishes ordered – so much so that we had to uproot to a larger table. We went communal that day and had all our dishes plonked in the centre for picking. Wise.

Entrée was a meze of mixed-plate nibblets. Char-grilled Greek sausages with Ouzo-macerated oranges was a revel of spice-induced meat encased in a juicy packet, whilst the herbed battered calamari a familiar yet agreeable “in-betweener”. Those possessing an affinity with innards will be charmed by the Sikotakia: meltingly creamy pan-fried chicken livers on a saucy reef of soft, sautéed onions. My top-draw for the evening.

Main course was a feast beyond a feast. Spoons wasted no time in diving into the smooth pillow of Moussaka, akin to a  ‘shepherds pie’, remarkably moreish with its creamy stratosphere of Greek white sauce. The expressionistic structure that was the grilled Moreton Bay bugs was rather likeable, but a touch under-seasoned. Whilst the marinated lamb cutlets tittered on the brink of being slightly over-charred, they were cooked to pinky-perfection and scrumptious with the tangy side of lemon bligouri and yoghurt. How sweet and succulent was the delicate flesh of herbed smattered quails, splendid in its simplicity.

Dessert was custard and cream Kataïfi, a homely cake-like offering.  We unfortunately could not manage any more than that as we were busting at our seams by that point (much to the disappointment of the sweet-laden cake fridge). Service was amiable, warm and relaxed. And most importantly, the meal was of decent value with prices reasonably fair for this nature of dining.

The Greek on Halifax is certainly a local “favourite”, having claimed the national title of ‘Favourite Greek’ in the 2010 I Love FOOD Awards; and justly so. We walked away with much cheer, much love and much self-inflicted indigestion.

Rating: 16/20 (Will make for a merry outing)
The Greek on Halifax
75 – 79 Halifax Street
Adelaide, SA 5000
08 8223 3336


6 Responses to “Get Me to The Greek”

  1. Jane April 2, 2011 at 10:03 pm #

    Ahhh the greek!!! The greek is awesome. We had our team Christmas dinner there and there was just soooo much food and variety hehe..such a nice place 😀 i like the little function room on the side!

    Great post! =D

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full April 2, 2011 at 10:25 pm #

      yeah, its a reli lovely place to just kick back – very pleasant all round:) there was just food everywhere! mad..

  2. Christy April 3, 2011 at 12:32 am #

    Just came back from an eventful day of eating and eating more; but after reading your post about this Greek place; you make me feel like going there already =) definitely a place I will go for my next dining date!

  3. gninethree April 12, 2011 at 11:26 pm #


    I will be going to this place on Sunday for my friend’s post baptism celebration! What would you recommend on the menu! xx

    • Talking With Your Mouth Full April 13, 2011 at 12:58 pm #

      G9:3; It depends on how adventurous you are. the livers were great (but it may or may not be your cup of tea). the sausages were lovely. Have a try of some of the cheese entrees as well. For mains, all that we had were wonderful, though I might actually swap the bugs for something else on my next thing to do is to order a bunch of dishes and go communal.

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