The award winning The Greek Mezze is a traditional Greek restaurant situated on Adelaide’s food hub precinct – Gouger St.
Ruthless K.P and Lisa went there with a group of friends and started their meal off with one of the specials “Tour of Greece”. The tour can be adjusted to fit as many people as you want and involves K.P’s favourite garlic and mint meatballs with tomato sauce as well as pickled squid and octopus, olives, fetta, fried fetta balls, dolmades and the Melinzanasalata dip which, contains oven roasted eggplant, onion, parsley and garlic with a touch of tahini and olive oil along with plenty of pita bread. Sounds like an amazing start to the meal. The whole table was impressed with the eggplant dip and how good the taste and texture was – it wasn’t mushy like some can be and had a good amount of garlic.
For her main, Lisa had the local baby calamari lightly spiced with lemon and garlic aoli served on a bed of rocket. The seasoning was well balanced with a good kick of pepper and the squid was very tender. The serving was rather generous and was plenty for one person.
Ruthless had the lamb souvlaki with potatoes and salad – made gluten free. The staff had no problems altering the meal to be free of gluten so you can add this to your gluten free friendly restaurant list. The meal came with two large skewers of char grilled lamb on a bed of salad and crispy potatoes. The meal was generous however, the lamb was a little overdone and could have been more tender.
One of their friends had the slowly braised chevron goat which, was served with potatoes and a herbed tomato sauce and was reportedly very delicious. A very good winter meal. Another dinner guest had the herino which is marinated pork chops char grilled with tomato and spinach as well as potato and pumpkin skordalia – this was a favourite of the group and a few of them go back often for this dish.
The group ordered 3 desserts however none were gluten free. Firstly they had the traditional Baklava – this was made a bit too sweet due to the excessive amount of syrup drizzled over the top. They also had the Diples which are rolled pastries drizzled with honey and sprinkled with chopped walnuts – these was very more-ish and delightfully crispy. Lastly, they had the Kaitifi which was very pleasant. The stringy outer layering was made of wheat and on the inside there were chopped walnuts and syrup. This dessert had well balanced sweetness and not drenched like the baklava unfortunately was. For coeliacs they do have a gluten free chocolate mousse option also so you don’t miss out.
Final word – The Greek Mezze is one of the couples favourite Greek restaurants in Adelaide. On weekends the atmosphere is very lively being situated on Gouger St combined with belly dancers and live Greek music inside the restaurant. On this week night however they found the staff to be a little slow and not as attentive as they have known to be however the experience was still pleasant and the food is always worth the return.
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