October 30th, 2007

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Review - Dimitri's Cuisine

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 melted feta.

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
227 Oxford Street, Darlinghurst
Ph: (02) 9360 9342

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Review - High Tea, Guilluame at Bennelong

Eons ago now, the lovely[info]ms_victoria  accompanied me to High Tea, Guilluame at Bennelong. It's really one for budding Opera buffs, with the amazing acoustic building providing the perfect sound stage for an Opera Principal to sing a few little ditties. But as you can see, there was also tea, pink champagne, and of course some dainty little morsels. First we got a savoury plate:

I was a bit disappointed that the staff didn't interject when they saw people try to delicately cut the rock hard toast and clanging their knifes into the plate in the dead silent room. Such a simple thing to gently advise cutting the roast beef and putting it on the toast, then picking up the toast and biting into it.

There were also some sugary morsels, including a raspberry souffle and a delightful pistachio sweet that I wished there were more of! Alas, excess was not a feature of this particular High Tea.

High Tea, Guilluame at Bennelong
Every second Wednesday from 2-4pm, $145 per person.
Sydney Opera House, Bennelong Point Circular Quay (02) 9250 7250