Barbecue chicken

Gazi

2 Exhibition St, Melbourne 9207 7444

 

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Tzatziki dip and Sweet Potato Skordalia dip with pita bread

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Ouzo cured salmon with Karpouzi salad, goats curd and grain crumb

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Saganaki with honey, lemon and sesame

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Prawn and Duck Souvlakakia

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Chips with feta, garlic oil and oregano

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Red cabbage salad

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Wood fire spit chicken with white beans and Tyrokafteri

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Barramundi with walnut dressing

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Acropolis Now

(strawberry mousse, coffee and mastic)

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Loukoumades

(Greek donuts with honey and nutella)

Overall:

If you decide to have their 10 dish sharing banquet (like we did), be sure to come in HUNGRY and ready to eat. Everything we tried was enjoyable, but it would be the delicious dips and the extraordinary souvlakakias (small souvlakis) that I would be returning for. The staff were friendly and efficient, the atmosphere loud and buzzing, and the decor fascinating with a sculptural canopy of bright orange terracotta pots hanging from the ceiling.

 

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Dahon Tea Lounge

Shop 5, 111 Cecil St, South Melbourne 9696 5704

 

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Mango and Passionfruit Tea, Berry Tea, Pandan Sago Drink

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BBQ wings with java rice

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Kalabasang may gata

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Boneless bangus (milkfish)

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BBQ skewers (chicken inasal and pork tocino)

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Sans rivals

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Ube macapuno

Thoughts:

Gourmet Iced Teas – all tasted very sweet and very artificial = Not bad

BBQ wings with java rice – well marinated, crispy on the outside, tender on the inside, smoky BBQ chicken wings that went really well with the java (tomato) rice = Good

Kalabasang may gata – prawns, fish, pumpkin and vegetables in a creamy coconut sauce, served with steamed rice. I liked the fact that even though this dish contained a creamy coconut sauce, it wasn’t heavy = Good

Boneless bangus – tasty pieces of fried milkfish served with a simple salad = Good

BBQ skewers – marinated in lemon and kumquat, the chicken inasal skewers were surprisingly moist and citrusy. The pork tocino (Filipino sweet cured pork) skewers on the other hand were sweet and a bit more harder to chew than the chicken skewers = Not bad

Sans rivals – cashew meringue that reminded me of the inside of a Snickers bar, but with cashews instead of peanuts. Sticky and sweet, this is a dessert that is best shared = Not bad

Ube macapuno – purple yam and coconut cake. A soft, light, airy cake that contained small pieces of coconut in the middle. This was quite eggy and unfortunately had no yam flavour to it at all = Not bad

 

Overall:

A casual place where the service is very prompt, and the food is terrific value for money and is somewhat unique (as Filipino restaurants in Melbourne are not very common).

 

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