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Hellenic Republic
Greek
Hellenic Republic
-37.764464,144.973149
Greek culture and wood-fired cooking is a combination with a pedigree that stretches back centuries. And so it is at Hellenic Republic. Hunks of juicy, herbed chicken carved straight off the spit; lamb with a caramelised carapace of sticky, finger-lickin' skin; tiger prawns soaked in the delicious char of the ironbark grill. It's all profoundly satisfying stuff, but George Calombaris's cheffy touches spin this modern taverna into something more memorable. Savour the smoked taramasalata on an octopus terrine with sharp green pickles; the grilled peach and golden raisin-led sweetness cutting through a buttery slab of grilled haloumi. He isn't afraid to dip his lid to the rustic, from a simple spanakopita to loukoumades, the honey-drenched doughnuts. Greek pride is everywhere, from the loving list of ouzo to the lobster-pot lampshades and Aegean-blue tiles that look as fresh as the day this good ship Republic was launched.

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At a glance

  • Wine:
  • Two glasses
  • Price:
  • E $9-$16

    M $17-$32

    D $11-$13

  • Feature:
  • Licensed
    Bar
    Vegetarian
    Wheelchair Access
    Private room
    Impressive Wine List
  • Cards:
  • American Express
    Diners Club
    Eftpos
    MasterCard
    Visa
  • Bookings:
  • Bookings recommended
  • Chef:
  • Travis McAuley & Arron Lynch

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