Really, what’s not to love about Greek food? Packed with flavour and variety, it’s hard not to love this cuisine, and there are some mighty fine restaurants around Perth who are doing it so very well.
What we love most about the Greek way of life is that meals are typically designed for sharing, so you can sit back, relax, and try a bit of everything. If variety really is the spice of life, there’s no denying the Greeks know what’s up.
So next time you feel like some meze, look no further than Perth's best Greek restaurants.
With a vibrant atmosphere and extensive menu of meze (small dishes), Brika is all about coming together with friends and family to enjoy good food and conversation. Our advice? Go for the chef’s menu for a real taste of the Mediterranean, and whatever you do, don’t skip the saganaki. If you’re not up for the commitment of a set menu, you can’t go wrong with pita, dips, and something from the chargrill. And if you’ve got room (big emphasis on the if), finish off with a heavenly slice of baklava.
Filos And Yiros
More of a takeaway window than a restaurant, there was no way we could leave Filos and Yiros off a list of Perth's best Greek restaurants. If you've been living under a rock and don't know what a yiros is, it’s basically the Greek version of a Turkish kebab. Think slow-cooked lamb, chicken or pork topped with fresh tzatziki and hand-cut chips, all wrapped up in light and fluffy pita. Or maybe a flaky pastry is more your style? If so, you can’t go past the delightfully crispy spanakopita (spinach and feta), or for those with a sweet tooth, bougatsa (custard). No matter what you choose, you know it’s going to be fast, fresh, and most importantly, delicious.
You’ll feel right at home the minute you set foot in Estia, with a warm welcome always on the cards. The atmosphere is comfortable and relaxed, and the menu is designed to be enjoyed at a slow and steady pace. We’re all about the generous platters here, which are staggered across two courses. Highlights would have to be the lamb on the bone, paired with a healthy serve of potatoes lemonates. Be sure to save room for dessert—the Greek doughnuts with honey syrup and pistachios are to die for. And if you need waking up, the traditional Greek coffee will do the trick.
Lady Of Ro
If you’re after a lively atmosphere and some of Perth's best Greek food, Lady of Ro is the perfect place to visit. Sure, it’s tiny, but in our opinion that just adds to the experience. Bring your own wine and save your money for the food, because you’re going to want all of it. The menu here changes daily, reflecting the seasonality of produce, and is casually presented on a blackboard. We’re particularly fond of anything seafood related, the freshness is unbeatable, but the lamb and halloumi are always winners too.
Right next door to Lady of Ro you’ll find another amazing establishment run by the very same owners. Technically a cafe, not a restaurant, Boucla, is all about coffee, brekky, and lunch. Frankly, we’re living for the homemade cakes and pastries, all made fresh on the daily. Grab yourself a delicious coffee and try the sweet soufra custard in filo pastry or lemon ricotta cake, we promise you won’t be sorry.
Zeus Street Greek
Zeus Street Greek is proof that souvlaki is good for more than a greasy hangover cure. Their pitas are filled with tender souvla meat that has been cooked to perfection on long skewers over searing charcoal, before being pimped with tomato, tzatziki, chips, onion and paprika. Choose from wagyu beef, pulled pork, chicken schnitzel, halloumi, falafel or even soft shell crab. They also do a legendary spanakopita, crazy delicious tzatziki and so much more. Oh, and let's not forget the Greek doughnuts and baklava.
Decked out in the traditional Greek style, family-run George’s Meze perfectly encapsulates the relaxed way of dining Greek’s are best known for. And with a diverse menu that caters for vegetarians, pescatarians and carnivores alike, there is more than enough options to keep everybody happy. We love the crispy fried calamari, lamb cigars and spanakopita from the meze selection, but if you’re really hungry, try the moussaka main, it’s next level good.
If you’re heading to Eat Greek, make sure you’ve got your stretchy pants on. Perched on the Aquarama Marina overlooking the Swan, the location is spot on and provides the perfect setting for an indulgent Greek feast. Offering a buffet dinner with anywhere between 35 to 50 dishes to choose from, there’s no way you’re going to leave hungry. And if you visit on a Friday or Saturday night, you’ll get to experience traditional music and dancing, and a bit of good old-fashioned plate smashing.
Yefsi At Attika
Transport yourself to Greece without leaving Perth by popping into Yefsi at Attika. The chefs at Yefsi combine old family recipes with new age ideas to bring us delectable meals that will have the palate singing. Open for breakfast and lunch, the menu ranges from hearty feeds to snacks and sweets and it caters to meat eaters, vegetarians and vegans too; you'll definitely find something for everyone at this joint. While we struggle to go past the traditional Mediterranean dips on offer (tzatziki, taramosalata, hummus, melitzanosalata and tirokafteri), it's definitely the baklava pancakes that have us running back for more—dried fig, apple, baklava syrup, and vanilla ice cream on a fluffy pancake stack.
While Island Market is not technically a Greek restaurant, we couldn’t help but feel like their almost-too-good-to-be-true fluffy pita deserved a very honourable mention. It’s the kind of place where you’ll want to settle in for a long lazy lunch (as is customary in the Mediterranean) because this beachside eatery really knows how to dish out the goods. Sticking with our Greek theme, we’re loving the BBQ octopus with chorizo and fried calamari. And of course, all the pita we can get our hands on.
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Lady of Ro | Image credit: Nancy Hanna