Guys. We’ve found THE Greek restaurant in Sydney to gorge on, and it’s hidden away in the CBD so no one can see your impending food belly. Recently opened, Greek at the Belvedere is one of Sydney’s best hotspots and should be the newest addition to your #fridaylunch list, except we’re inclined to go any day of the week when the food is this generous.
The menu is an excellent mix of traditional Greek favourites and authentic dishes that are served up big, bold and brimming with Mediterranean flavour. Pro tip: bring a group of your nearest and hungriest, because the menu is best enjoyed shared so you can try all the deliciousness.
Choose the Ola Greek Banquet so that you can spend more time eating and less time deciding. With 11 different dishes at a mere $40 a head, it’s a very good reason to get a group of four or more together! The classic haloumi with ouzo, lemon and oregano is in there, along with the crispy-melty-cheesy-oozy goodness that is the sunflower stuffed zucchini flowers, with four cheeses and dill.
If you do venture off the banquet menu, head straight for the grilled octopus, which, in true Greek style, is heavenly smoky with a good salty tang and a tender yet toothsome bite. There are plenty of hefty pieces to get stuck into, but you may still want to get in early to fend off your dining companions (hey, when it’s this good, we don’t mess about).
For something a little special, hit up the shredded lamb kritharaki pasta (otherwise known as orzo or risoni, but it’s far more fun playing the pronunciation game!). With a punchy kefalotyri cheese and tangy tomato salsa, you may just find yourself questioning your love of Italian after a few bites!
To transport yourself to the Greek Islands, give the whole baby snapper a go with lemony potatoes, wild greens and olive oil. We’re also willing to keep our fingers lickable with the saganaki prawns, which sit in plenty of tomato salsa made even yummier with feta, and come with crusty bread to soak it all up.
Now that the weather is warming up, we also find ourselves partial to the greenery-studded rooftop for some of the casual Greek bites and pub bonding. It’s a nice little escape from the desk and a relaxed spot for extending your merry making or turning your team lunch into team drinks too.
With so many reasons to get your long lunch on, we’re announcing it—let the feast begin!
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