The Real Greek Souvlaki, 315 Brunswick St. Phone: 9417 1414
More than two years, way more than 300 posts … and no Greek eateries on Consider The Sauce?
There’s a few reasons for that, I reckon.
One is that they’re not thick on the ground in our immediate neighbourhood and only slightly more common in the greater west.
Another is cost.
Not that Greek restaurant in Melbourne are necessarily out of our budget reach – though a couple in the west certainly fall into the “special occasion” category.
It’s more that we mostly feel we can get pretty much the same flavour hits from very similar food that is of the Middle Eastern derivation at significantly lower prices.
As previously noted, that sort of much-loved thing is not ubiquitous in the west, either; hence our regular journeys to Coburg!
So it’s lovely to visit The Real Greek Souvlaki in Brunswick St.
We reckon it is right up there with the best Greek restaurants in Melbourne, with perhaps only the absence of seafood counting against in terms of comparison with its more formal counterparts.
That’s an assessment that may surprise its regulars.
Because this place, I’m certain, finds a really, really big share of its turnover coming from the souvlakis that are also known these days as wraps.
Most of these would be sold, I’m equally certain, at hours when we’re sure to be tucked up in bed and are no doubt especially brisk sellers around closing time … if Brunswick St actually has a closing time.
But you can get sit down plate meals at the Real Greek Souvlaki – and at prices much lower that at more famous Greek places, including one just a few blocks away.
Moreover, just on the basis of its wonderous displays of mouthwatering Greek meze, this establishment deserves to be regarded far more highly than as a mere souvlaki joint, regardless of its informality and basic stock in trade.
This extensive range of pies, pasties, dips, stuffed vegetable, pickles, balls, salads and more starts in the exterior window display …
… and continues inside …
Perversely, today I feel like a Greek meal of far more basic type – lamb from the spit, salad and chips.
The chips are just OK – a little flaccid and heavily chicken-salted, but hot and very edible.
The salad is fine and includes enough olives and sharpish fetta cheese to satisfy.
The lamb is superb – crunchy, top-of-the-line delicious and cuddling up to your basic garlic/yogurt sauce.
I get all this for $17 – including an extra dollop of chilli dip and a small dolmade.
The chilli dip is more like hot pepper dip, so has only a mild spice kick but is very piquant and just plain great with the meat.
I wish there was a whole lot more of it.