Eleni’s Kitchen + Bar, 28 Anderson Street, Yarraville. Phone: 9943 4233
Safari Restaurant, 159 Union Road, Ascot Vale. Phone: 9372 7175
Once these crazy times have abated, perhaps one of the lasting legacies will be a determination by many restaurants to continue taking care of their own home deliveries, leaving the icky apps out in the cold.
Wouldn’t that be great?
We have watched online as small businesses across the west have re-imagined their operations with passion and ingenuity – it’s been awesome to observe!
We are adhering pretty much to the “stay in your village” ethos, but even in and around Yarraville there is plenty from which to choose – and we plan on doing so about once a week in the coming months.
First up, a special Saturday night treat, is Eleni’s!
And because it’s a treat on the heels of a week of excellent home-cooking, we go all in and order the $63 meat deal for two. The toasted pita bread costs us an extra $2.
It’s all terrific, superb – and much more voluminous than the above photo indicates.
What we get: Lamb and chicken gyros, loukanika (sausage), lamb cutlets, Greek rissoles, pork kalamakia (skewer), tzatziki and salad.
The meat is cooked dead right and we love the different flavours and seasonings.
Hot? No. It’s warm – and that’s fine by us.
If we get around to Eleni’s again in the coming months, we’ll likely opt for one or more of the home-style dishes such as gemista, moussaka or pastitso.
Check out Eleni’s takeaway/delivery menu here.
When it comes to our meal from Safari, we do succumb to the use of a delivery app.
Safari was our Somalian hot spot several years before we became fully entranced with the Somalian eateries of Flemington.
Because of “stay in your village”, we have no idea how most of the Racecourse Road places are faring – or even if they’re open.
Though we note with happiness that #SomaliEats IS now up and running, offering pick-up and delivery – though I doubt that delivery option would stretch as far as Yarraville!
But such is our desire for a taste of Somalia, that we do the Door Dash thing with Safari – and it is absolutely outstanding!
We both opt for the lamb federation meal – fragrant, cardamom-studded rice AND pasta, heaps of tender lamb on the bone, some salad and veg.
No soup, but that’s no biggie; one banana between the two of us and tubs of chilli sauce and “Safarinaise”.
Really, this was just as good as having a Somalian feed in a restaurant, though without the vibe and colour!
A mere $18 each.