The Greeks are known for many wonderful things. These include, but are not limited to, feta, reeeeeally old architecture, weddings of the big and fat variety, and stuffing fries and delicious meats into pitas.
After the huge success of the Drummoyne branch, which opened in June 2014, Zeus Street Greek threw open their doors to the very appreciative people of Rosebery in October this year. Serving up some of the best Greek street food in Sydney, Costa Anastasiadis, co-founder of Zeus Street Greek, says, “it’s clear there’s a demand for fast, fresh Greek street food.”
And this is pretty evident by the number of people flocking to get their Greek on at the three (soon to be five), Zeus Street Greeks around New South Wales.
In all honesty, what initially drew me to Zeus was the pitas. You know—the ones filled with fries. A) because double carbs, B) I wanted to re-live my travels to Greece, and C) they just looked so damn good. And let me tell you that these bad boys did not disappoint. Cooked for a long time over a charcoal BBQ, the meats that will get all up in your pita are juicy and full of flavour. Loaded with wonderful fillings including tzatziki, Aegean slaw, preserved lemon mayo, things can get a little messy/drippy, but fortunately the freshly made pitas encase the meats to help soak up the excess.
Aaaand if we’re going to be really honest, I tried two pitas. Mainly for variety but also because I’m a glutton. The first one was the Uncle Tzimmy classic lamb, because if it’s one thing I know the Greeks are good at, it’s lamb. And I was right (yay me!)—the lamb was tender, and the chips where all paprika-y and crunchy, so it was basically a winning combination.
The next pita to the table was the Hermes chicken which I pronounced like the French fashion house (er-mez) and thus sounded like a complete wanker in doing so. However, regardless of sounding like a douche, this pita was goooood. And what it lacked in fries (this one doesn’t come with them), it made up for in taste. The menu warns you that this is HOT. In all caps. But it’s not. It’s got a bit of zing, but not the level of heat worthy for all caps.
Side note: if you can’t handle spice usually, this might actually be all-caps-hot for you, in which case I apologise if your mouth feels like the fiery gates of Hades.
Now don’t get too distracted by the pitas at Zeus Street Greek. There are many delicious Hellenic dishes which helps to make this Greek restaurant in Sydney one of the most popular in town.
The pan-fried haloumi was pillowy soft, salty and the kind of thing that causes you to salivate even just thinking about it (or typing about it, which literally is what’s happening right now). It’s the same story for the feta and oregano chips. Sure, chips are great, but add cheese to them? Genius!
The spanakopita is made with spinach from one of the owner’s family member’s yards and is exactly want you want it to be—flaky, cheesy, and moreish. And the dips. Ohhh, the dips. You mustn’t leave without trying the tarama which was fishy in a good way and lightly tangy, just like yiayia used to make (or so I would assume).
I finished my meal with one too many loukoumades (Greek donuts)—some with honey, cinnamon and walnuts and others with hazelnut chocolate drizzled over them, and a serving of bougatsa which is vanilla bean custard that’s wrapped in filo pastry and served warm. I have a soft spot for custard and even though I was full to the point of concern—how does my stomach fit in all that food?!—it was like a sweet, custardy hug and well worth the “why did I eat so much?!” groans which ensued.
In what is excellent news, especially if you’re feeling a bit like Aergia (the goddess of laziness) or partied too lard like Dionysus (the god of parties and wine AKA the best of the Greek gods), Zeus Street Greek also offer home delivery, which means you can soon have some sweet, sweet souvla in your belly without even leaving the couch. Now that’s living.
So if you have a pita-shaped hole in your belly, or are just craving some of the best Greek street food in Sydney, you’d better hightail it to Zeus Street Greek. And hopefully, with the addition of more stores opening around Sydney, the wait to get your Greek fix will be a lot less… Which means more Greek for you!
Image credit: Federica Portentoso
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