Marko’s Greek Kitchen Bar, Shop 13/71-79 Kororoit Creek Road, Williamstown. Phone: 7013 0470
We’d eaten Greek at this specific address – located in Rifle Range Shopping Centre – but then things changed.
A whole lot of things changed, actually.
The virus came along.
And somewhere along that way, the place underwent a change of name.
And changes of personnel and, we suspect, management.
And the food changed – going from good/basic to something truly great, something to be adored.
Here’s how it unfolded for us …
Marko’s became one of a handlful of places across the inner west at which we regularly engineered lockdown picnics as a way of enjoying eatery food while eating-in was strictly a no-no.
And our orders were always the same: The combo deal of a basic souvlaki upgraded for an extra $5 with a serve of chips and a can of soft drink.
Bonza deals, packed neatly into carboard containers and swiftly transported to nearby Jawbone Reserve and equally swiftly consumed.
Consumed with ear-splitting grins.
Now we’re back for a sneaky eat-in lunch to see if our lockdown lunch joy holds up in a less stringent regulatory environment.
Yep, it sure does.
This is not mere takeaway food – it’s really excellent Greek tucker.
We’re well used to finding the best chips going around frequently come from eateries of various Mediterranean persuasions.
Marko’s is an upholder of that tradition.
The souvlakis are simply superb and simplicity itself.
These are not massive, two-fisted monsters, but real souvlakis of Greek tradition.
Toasted, Greek-style pita, garlic/yoghurt sauce, lettuce, tomato, onions and a few chips.
And the meat.
Ah, yes – the meat.
Each and every time we’ve visited over a couple of years now, we’ve reveled in lamb that is simultaneously crusty, salty and tender.
We’re tempted to ascribe this meaty marvellousness to the fact we often seem to be the day’s first customers, therefore lucking into meat that has been exposed to the flame for a good while.
But, really, it’s happened so often, it’s probably wiser to conclude that these folks really, really know what they’re doing.
Meanwhile, we keep telling ourselves that the compact but alluring range of house-made cakes/slices/treats will have to wait until next time!