Sweet or savoury, the Greeks know how to make it!
It’s no surprise that Sydney is overloaded with an array of Greek restaurants and eateries. After WWII, many Greeks migrated to Sydney and set up camp in the inner suburbs. And, thanks to that, we have an abundance of Greek cuisine in Sydney and surrounds, predominantly around Marrickville which was once called “Little Athens”.
Even today, their presence is seen, with Sydneysiders spoiled for choice. So we’ve narrowed them down to the 10 best Greek eateries that you must try around Sydney. From Greek bakeries and ice cream parlours to beautiful Greek restaurants.
Editor’s note: With the current COVID-19 crisis, some restaurants are temporarily serving takeaway only. Check their website for more details.
Opening an eatery in the middle of a pandemic sounds foolhardy, but Gyros Express have pulled it off successfully! In the mixed mecca of southern Marrickville, Gyros Express sits proudly in its own little corner beckoning passersby with its clean, crisp look. The perfect pit stop before your walk along Cooks River. For your visit we recommend the sheftalia gyros (Cypriot-style sausage) or perhaps even a Greek-style club sandwich with a side of chips.
You won’t leave hungry, that’s for sure!
The Twisted Olive
Situated within the bustling Inner Sydney suburb of Surry Hills is The Twisted Olive, a rustic Greek restaurant with a heart of gold. It shares beautiful Mediterranean fare in a laid-back dining room that fits in with the casual Sydney vibe. Surprise your next date with a specially-designed dinner for two or feast on one of their set menus. As well as that, Twisted Olive also offer external catering if you need help with your next soiree at home!
When you need the authentic Greek restaurant experience, replete with stunning backdrops of Greece and the robust flair of a bustling kitchen, Marrickville’s Corinthian Rotisserie is the spot to be. The shop window is laden with delectable delights that beckon passersby and reveals how satisfied you will be if you dine here. From our experience, you will be. It’s what you’d expect in any Mediterranean diner.
Stix & Pita
Stix & Pita have been voted as the best Greek restaurant by Australian Good Food Guide over the past four years. And it’s no wonder why that is. They’re Gods when it comes to grilling up a feast, whether it’s juicy lamb or even grilled halloumi. In fact, we heartily recommend getting adventurous when studying the menu. Whether you’re dining in or taking away, the food will give you that ultimate Greek experience.
Seed Greek Kouzina
Set in the vibrant suburb of Petersham, Seed Greek Kouzina celebrates the very best of modern Greek cuisine from the kitchen of chef Tim Vatsaklis. It’s a family-owned Greek restaurant with an ambience that transports diners across the Mediterranean. Whether it’s a hearty moussaka or a souvlaki wrap, or even something as daring as pickled octopus, Seed Greek Kouzina is your Greek getaway.
Fresko Gelato & Waffle House
Proudly owned and operated by a Greek family, the Fresko Gelato & Waffle House blend their sweet ice cream skills with inspirations from their motherland. Think watermelon and feta or ouzo-flavoured gelato. On top of this, they serve plenty of other Greek sweets, like their homemade loukoumades (sweet honey-covered doughnut balls) and baklava frappes. Oh, and we can’t forget about their waffles!
Greek Feast Bondi
When you need some homeliness with your next dining expedition, try Greek Feast in Bondi! They prepare fresh and simple Greek cuisine that is best shared with friends and family – even in the comforts of your own home (yep, they do takeaway as well) In fact, one of their best-selling deals right now is their Greek Feast For Four, valued at $85 and featuring all the lamb, chicken, beef and salad to fill the stomachs of four Greek cuisine eaters.
Hellenic Patisserie & Gelato Bar
If there’s one thing that Greeks are famous for, it’s bread. In fact, it’s almost an insult to skip on the bread for dinner. Which explains why this bakery in Marrickville is still going strong after 43 years. They’ve got all the necessary additions to a bakery, from rolls to cakes to naughty treats, with plenty of bread to poke a stick at! And we can’t forget to mention what is arguably the best vanilla slice in Sydney.
It’s a well-known fact that the best feed after a night out is a meaty, juicy concoction. Preferably gyros or a kebab. And at Mega Gyros, you get the hearty Greek flavours matched with sizeable portions to quench any appetite. Matched with that is the humble atmosphere that epitomises Greek culture, giving diners the full Mediterranean experience.
Danas Deli Cafe
Danas Deli Cafe has seen the growing gentrification of Marrickville over the last half-century, including the ongoing Greek influence that still shapes the area. But even they have to feel proud about adding their own touch of Greece in Sydney. Including the blue and white colour scheme that’s distinctive to the Greek Islands. Danas Deli Cafe offers quintessential Greek service and shares the flavours of their homeland with a touch of Sydney zest.
And the standout? Try their coffee…