I’ve lived in West End for some time now but have clearly been hiding under a rock or so blinded by my love for Lefkas on Hardgrave Road that I failed to realise that Cyprus House down the far, river end of Vulture St is just as exciting with its deck and the massive skewers of meat being cooked up out the front on the BBQ. From the front, the only clues that it is in fact a restaurant is the small chalk board sign plus the excessive blue painted on the blue and white house is a small giveaway also – but we are in West End so seeing a house decked out in all things Greek is not that surprising.
Inside, it felt like we had been invited into a Greek family home. Although large and very simply furnished the place was homely, with the TV on in the corner and Greek locals sitting at tables reading the paper. Our friendly host helped us pick our food – offering suggestions and making us feel at home.
To begin we had, my favourite, the Tarama (pink caviar) dip with pita. Tarama at Cyprus House was for me, just as good as at Lefkas - possibly a bit more salty but still fantastic. Knowing we were about to have a good ‘ol meat fest we decided to order the Greek salad to balance out our meal. The salad was not surprising large and fresh.
The Haloumi Saganaki was some of the most melt in the mouth Haloumi I have tried. We were trying hard not to moan as we fell into a happy cheese haze.
Next we had the Sheftalies which are Cypriot pork sausages with onion and wrapped in pork belly. These were delicious little treats and nicely balanced with onion.
A visit to a Greek restaurant is never complete without filling up on a massive serve of lemon potatoes – these oven baked, golden wedges were delightful and nearly ruined our final serve of meat as they filled us up so much.
The finale was the Kontosouvli – marinated lamb and/or chicken pieces spit roasted on the coals. Per serve was two massive chunks of meat straight off the mega skewer and they were insane. There is nothing like meat cooked over coals and served up in big fat chunks. The meat didn’t need anything fancy - a simple marinade and charcoal flavour and it was some of the best meat I’ve had off a BBQ.
Cyprus House is a must for Greek food lovers – it is up there with my beloved Lefkas as being one of the best Greek eateries in West End. It is open 7 days for lunch and dinner and is dine in or take away.
8 Vulture St
07 3844 5643