Hellenic Flavours On Puckle, 25 Puckle Street Moonee Ponds. Phone: 93757064
Vicolo, 28-30 Young Street, Moonee Ponds. Phone: 9372 9500
There’s been a number of eatery openings in and around Puckle Street lately and we’re up for trying one of them for lunch.
We know Hellenic Flavours will be a kebab shop that will also do hamburgers.
But we suspect that it may also be one of those nifty places that does a nice job of taking care of the fast-food requirements but one that also offers more substantial Greek food at prices way below those found in more formal Greek restaurant settings.
That’s just what we discover.
The place is done out in the expected mix of take-away and restaurant with plenty of seating and scenic photos from the Mediterranean adorning the walls.
A big work group sitting next to us is tucking with glee into $15 plates of various kebab meats (some of it on sticks), pita, salad, chips and tzatiki.
There’s also available the likes of mousaka, pastitsio, stuffed vegetables and grills such as steaks.
We both go for the traditional lamb souvlaki ($11) and are happy with our choices.
Our wraps are encased in the usual, thickish Greek-style pita we suspect may have come from this venerable Braybrook institution.
There’s just the right amount of salad and sauce.
And the meat is crunchy crusted, salty, hot and delicious.
Next stop – dessert!
Not since a flurry of visits to the classic Italian of Vicolo – culminating in a beaut CTS Feast – have we been back.
Today we’ve been enticed through the Young Street doors by a Facebook item in which Marie spruiks her white chocolate risotto with hazelnuts.
It’s the biz at a very generously proportioned $12 serve – thank heavens Bennie and I share.
“Mmmmm – it’s good,” says I.
“Yes, and so healthy,” quips Bennie.
It’s nothing of the sort, of course.
But nor is eating this glorified rice pudding quite exactly like the decadent, silky and out-there experience of consuming a panna cotta, creme brulee or even a pavlova.
The al dente rice gives it a bit more substance and chewiness than that.
Still – excellent!