I haven’t been out to explore Melbourne in a while because of university assignments weighing my schedule down, but I finally took a night off last Thursday! Since visiting Greece in 2011, their food has always ranked high in my list of favourite cuisines.
We went to a restaurant in the city called Stalactites. I know I’m a little late in the game, since it’s apparently one of the longest running Greek restaurants in Melbourne (according to their website!), but I’m making an effort to see more and do more around here from now on!
The food was delicious. Simple and unassuming. Even just at home, one of my favourite things to snack on is taramasalata, which is a Greek caviar and lemon dip. We ordered that, hummus, pita bread, and a small mixed giro plate to share.
The two dips were on point! And the marinated spring lamb and chicken from the spit were to die for. They were juicy and flavourful, and very filling. Some great crispy, caramelised bits of meat mixed in too.
Even though it doesn’t seem like a lot, we were absolutely stuffed from what we ordered. Pretty decent serving size, considering that was the small.
Afterwards, we decided to have a few drinks somewhere else. One of my friend’s favourite bars in the city is called Joomak. It’s a Korean restaurant and bar that is so popular, on weekends there’s a 2-hour limit on your table! Crazy! The inside is adorable. I don’t have any photos, but it looks like a little town! Booths are sectioned off with structures that look like mini houses. I don’t know how they managed to fit that in and maintain a spacious atmosphere.
Allegedly, the food there is amazing. But we were so full from dinner, we resisted the temptation. One order of mango rice wine, and another of lychee soju.
The rice wine was served in a big bowl with a ladle, and safe to say I was very amused. Doesn’t take much to entertain me! Both drinks were sweet and fruity and irresistible. The rice wine was creamy, and the soju was very refreshing. Can’t wait to go back to try the food (… and drink more).
Love and good eats! x