The Greekgrill, 43 Civic Parade, Altona. Phone: 9398 5335
Getting in early seems to have become something of a Consider The Sauce habit of late.
When I ask the staff at The Greekgrill how long they’ve been open, they say since about midday!
Yep, it’s opening day.
That would explain why we haven’t noticed this establishment before.
It’s smack bang in the middle of a small shopping strip that has previously been of little interest to us, save for hitting the ATM of the correct flavour before heading to adventures elsewhere in Altona and environs.
The Greekgrill delivers a variety of options – yes, you can order a burger or kebab wrap or charcoal chicken here.
But what intrigues me are the more substantial and traditional Greek offerings.
And especially at attractively low prices. (As previously noted, we love Greek restaurant food, but that style loses out when the prices are steep compared to more affordable options.)
How about a plate of chicken or lamb gyros with “chips, salad, warm pita bread and tzatziki” for $16.90?
Or “char grilled baby snapper served with lemon and herb scented rice and salad” for $17?
Mixed grill for two goes for $36 and the seafood platter for two costs $42.
I entered seriously contemplating some of these heftier items, but while ascertaining if the taramosalata is house-made – the answer is “yes”, but it’s not on today – I switch paths and figure a light meal is just the ticket for this early evening chow down.
My mixed mezze plate (top photo) is beaut – particularly at $14.
The dips, eaten with warmed and lightly toasted pita bread, are super – an apricot-coloured spicy fetta number with a swell and very cheesy chilli kick, a plain cucumber and yogurt combo, a garlicky eggplant delight, and a beetroot blend that is less sweet than most of its kind but packed with that earthy beetroot flavour.
Elsewhere on my plate are two kinds of olives, kalamata and stuffed green jobs, a few cubes of rather ummemorable fetta and some roasted red capsicum.
I’ve been given a few extras over and above the menu description – perhaps because it’s opening day and they’re looking to impress or perhaps because of the interest I’ve shown.
Small red peppers stuffed with a creamy blend of fetta and ricotta also have a nice chilli hit, while the marinated octopus is chewy but nice enough.
A serve of “dolmadakia” (“vine leaves stuffed with herb rice”) costs $6.50, but I’ve snagged a couple at 50 cents apiece. They’re plain but good.
Judging by the number of locals dropping in to grab menus, it seems The Greekgrill will prove a winner.