The Little Greek Taverna
Brisbane is a puzzling city. With so many amazing restaurants available on our doorstep, I faced a dilemma today that I would never expected.
The day is slowly coming to an end. It is late afternoon, and I have not eaten all day. I am with a friend, and planning on finding a quick and filling meal. We start relatively close to home, with a drive to Toowoong. It is 3pm, and nothing is really open. We travel a little further to Milton. Again, nothing is really open. We stumble upon numerous cafÃ©s that have closed for the day, only serving light snacks and restaurants that have not yet opened for dinnertimeâ€¦and so begins a long journey.
While it may not be the ideal mealtime, it is the ideal time to be stuck in traffic. For over an hour we battled constant red lights, standstill traffic and one-way streets taking us in circles. We traveled to Kelvin Grove, Teneriffe and into the CBD before ending up in West End, almost by accident. It was here that, exhausted and near tears with hunger, we parked the car and decided to head to 7-Eleven for some chocolate to tide us over.
It was then we discovered the Little Greek Taverna, located in the centre of West End. Not only was it a place I had heard numerous rave reviews about but alsoâ€¦ it was open for dinner. We didnâ€™t hesitate. One of only a few tables there, we ordered entrÃ©es and mains immediately. The food came quickly and we began with Haloumi Saganaki ($8 Grilled haloumi) and Spanakopita ($6 Crispy pastry swirls filled with spinach and ricotta). While I admit that I was ravenous to the point that I would have been overwhelmingly happy with vegemite on toast, this food was GOOD. For a main course, we shared one of the specials for the day which was Lamb Shank Katsarola ($13.50 Tender lamb shank cooked in a traditional red wine salsa) and Chicken Yiros ($15 Serving of shaved marinated chicken with salad).
There is an extensive menu that features both gluten and dairy free meals. The meals range from between $5 to $15. The entire meal cost me $21 and given that it is also BYO, this venue provides the perfect opportunity to go out for an incredible meal on a budget.
All in all, it was the perfect end to a relatively terrible afternoon. While the trip home took another hour of standstill traffic along Coronation Drive, my positive experience at Little Greek Taverna far outweighed the negatives of the day. For all those Brisbanites who struggle to find that perfect place for not quite lunch, and not quite dinner…this is the place to be!
What: Little Greek Taverna
Where: Shop 5/1 Browning St, West End
When: Tuesday till Sunday from 11:00am – 10:00am
P: 3255 2215