Skewered Taverna, Shop 13, 71-79 Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown.
For a while there, a few years back, Rifle Range shopping centre in Williamstown was the site of frequent visits by Team CTS.
Those visits were all about dropping in to partake of the fine food – pizzas, pastas and more – as proffered by Pizza d’Asporto.
Once a new Pizza d’Asporto shop opened right around the corner from us in Yarraville, Rifle Range was no longer a target for us.
But maybe a return visit to the Willy Pizza d’Asporto is in order – there’s been a reconfiguration there that makes the place more like a restaurant proper than a mere takeaway place with some seating.
Plus, you know – pizza, pasta, any excuse.
But today we’re back on Kororoit Road to check out the centre’s newest arrival – Skewered Taverna, which has slotted into the premises once housing the local charcoal chicken shop.
The place is set up – and feels – like a cross between a quickie souvlaki joint and a more formal Greek restaurant, something that is also reflected in the menu (see below).
When quizzed about what elements of the food line-up are made from scratch in house and those brought in, we appreciate the honesty shown us – tzatziki yes, taramasalata no; dolmades no, but moussaka and gemistes (stuffed capsicum) yes.
That knowledge guides us, to some extent, in our ordering.
OK, OK, I confess – I am photographically challenged when it comes to capturing the simple magic of a souvlaki wrap.
This is an unlovely depiction of Bennie’s lunch.
It’s called “The Village” ($13.50) – and it’s everything he wants in a souvlaki.
Well-cooked and seasoned lamb off the spit, tomato, onion lettuce, tzatziki and chips wrapped in thick, Greek-style pita bread.
We reckon the Skewered souvlaki list is going to be a VERY hot ticket in this neighbourhood.
My meal is something very different.
I go for the made-in-house moussaka ($23) and am delighted in every way – especially after my most recent moussaka try had been disappointing.
I get the same chips, pita bread (grilled and oh-so-moreish!) and tzatziki as Bennie, along with some good Greek salad.
The moussaka itself is home-style Greek cooking marvellous – a big serve, rich, creamy, meaty, comforting and delicious.
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