Xenia Food Store, 202 Lygon Street, East Brunswick. Phone: 9191 7206
Outside the western suburbs, I can’t think of a foodie strip that is closer to the CTS heart than Lygon Street.
No, no – not the Lygon Street adjoining the Melbourne CBD.
We walk a fair whack of that thoroughfare every week while on kung fu duty.
Very, very rarely to we feel the urge to linger for eats purposes.
And, no, not the Lygon Street that runs north there past Melbourne Cemetery.
But the Lygon that narrows as it enters East Brunswick?
So we are very happy to accept an invitation (see full disclosure below) to dine at Xenia Food Store, the luscious and intriguing FB pics of which we have been noticing with lust ever since it opened.
Those pictures have me primed for down home, home-style food of the kind not often found in restaurants.
So, as we take our seats at an outdoor table in the blazing Saturday sun, I am surprised by the menu’s listing of such familiar fare as saganaki, chicken skewers and lamb pitta.
But there is much else and our lunch desires this Saturday are simple.
So we go with the meze platter for two ($32) and are delighted.
Toasted pita bread, of course.
Two dips – a dill-perfumed tzatziki and a chunky eggplant number.
A couple of good stuffed vine leaves.
Loukaniko – pork sausage.
Pickled octopus that is all the more enjoyable thanks to its chewiness.
Best of all – two koupes, more widely known as kibbeh.
They’re fantastic deep-fried torpedoes of bulghur wheat encasing a juicy mix of lamb, onion and seasonings.
It’s overshadowed by the house-made halva ice-cream (
This combo of vanilla ice-cream and crushed choc halva sounds like it could be a mishmash, but the outcome is divine in the way it combines both flavour strands.
Our cafe lattes are excellent.
See the Xenia Food Store website here.
(Consider The Sauce dined at Xenia Food Store as guests of the management and we did not pay for our meals. We ordered whatever we wanted. Xenia Food Store management neither sought nor was granted any input, oversight or pre-publication access to his story.)