Hellenic Republic – Brunswick, Melbourne


As George Colambaris would say…I LOVE IT!

My brother and sister in law were visiting from Adelaide and each time they are here in Melbourne we make sure we visit celebrity chef restaurants. On their recent visit to Melbourne we went to George Colambaris’s Hellenic Republic in Brunswick.

image1 (1)
Elies Assorted local olives, Cretan olive oil, rosemary, garlic
image4 (1)
Tyri Saganaki Kefalograviera cheese, peppered figs
Melitzanosalata Smoked eggplant dip, aleppo pepper, pinenuts
Melitzanosalata Smoked eggplant dip, aleppo pepper, pinenuts

The restaurant has a quintessential Melbournian vibe, serving authentic Greek food with a contemporary twist. There are plenty of meat and vegetarians options, but personally the seafood dishes were our favourite.

The food is reasonably priced and the serving size is pretty generous too, which is always a plus.

We ordered a range of mezze and salads, which were all delicious. The boys ordered an assortment of meat dishes of which the charcoal chicken was a clear favourite. My personal favourite of the night was tiger prawns with ouzo salt, just delicious! Soft juicy grilled prawn and the tangy ouzo salt gave it the perfect kick. 

image10
Garithes Chargrilled tiger prawns, ouzo spiced salt
image11
Kalamari Chargrilled calamari, garlic, herbs
image12
Loytianos Whole Baby Snapper, stuffed with herbs, grilled lemon

We finished the meal with some light but tasty dessert. Risogalo (rice pudding) was a clear winner of the dessert round! 

The wine list was exhaustive and had a lot of delicious wines from Greece and others from the Australian wine regions. Definitely a plus if you love to match your food with wine!

Horiatiki Salata Traditional village salad
Horiatiki Salata Traditional village salad
Horta Pan - fried wild greens, lemon, olive oil
Horta Salata Pan – fried wild greens, lemon, olive oil
Lahanosalata Cabbage salad, balsamic, honey, Kefalograviera cheese
Lahano Salata Cabbage salad, balsamic, honey, Kefalograviera cheese

The customer service was slightly lacking in its finery, but the delicious food made up for it. Perhaps George needs to make a visit to the floor and pass on his contagious enthusiasm and passion for food to his floor staff.

With everything said all in all a great food experience and LSD definitely recommends this restaurant to all.

Loukoumathes (Top Centre) Hellenic doughnuts, honey, cinnamon, walnuts Risogalo Rice pudding, salted caramel, almond shortbread crumble, pistachio
Loukoumathes (Top Centre) Hellenic doughnuts, honey, cinnamon, walnuts Risogalo (Right) Rice pudding, salted caramel, almond shortbread crumble, pistachio Sikalaki Gliko (Left) Candied Figs Spoon sweets Vanilla Bean Ice Cream (Bottom Center)

Overall rating – 8/10

Price – $$$

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s