Continuing uncovering Greek cuisine (see earlier entry for Nostos), we dined on Oxford Street at Dimitri’s Cuisine: Bar & Grill. The decor is a jaunty blue, with pretty photographs of Greek seaside locales, plus there's blue checked table cloths, a charcoal grill in the front window, and a nice overall attitude from the hospitality focused staff (including Dimitri himself).
Lots of choices on the menu, and vegetarians are especially well catered for. I loved their house made (and not overly salted) Haloumi ($16.50) served in a hot skillet with tomatoes, lemon and rigani.
I was also very taken with their flavoursome Skordalia ($7) served with pita which has been warmed and lightly charred with oregano and olive oil. It made me wonder why I have ever eaten pita bread not served this way.
I was surprised to see Soft Shell Crab ($19) on their menu, but they said: "Why? It's seafood!" It was nice to get away from the Asian inspired flavours that this particular type of seafood is usually presented with.
We also tried Dimitri's Meze ($24.50), which as you can see had lots of stuff. My favourite was the Manitari Gemisto or lovely field mushrooms topped with a bright green mix of spinach, Mizithra cheese and pine-nuts.
Needing a food coma from all of the pictured food so far, I was scared at the arrival of our shared main course - which (of course) had to be lamb! It was called Lamb Kleftiko ($25.50) and it was hearty, rustic and interestingly, contained
The table near us had an amazing Meat & Seafood Platter for 2 ($87) - when they began to flag, the staff admitted that it actually feeds three people! Lots of reasons to go here, especially good for groups. They even can be persuaded to cater a party at your home with a whole lamb or suckling pig!
Dimitri’s Cuisine: Bar & Grill
Ph: (02) 9360 9342