Restaurant Reviews

Hellenic Republic: Restaurant review

Hellenic Republic

Address

434 Lygon St
Brunswick East, Melbourne, VIC

Hours

Lunch Fri-Sun midday-4.30pm
Dinner daily 5.30pm-10pm

Prices

E $5-$16
M $12-$32
D $11-$15

REVIEW

Now part of a small chain with outposts in Kew and Williamstown, the original Hellenic Republic sits comfortably in its East Brunswick surrounds, its exterior brightened with commissioned graffiti, the inside evoking the Mediterranean coastline. Start off with pita bread that's perfect with the sharply salty taramasalata or try the kounoupidi, a salad of cauliflower, heirloom radish, smoked almonds and sumac yoghurt that has an arsenal of burnt-butter fried caperberry flavour-bombs. Signature chicken from the spit might arrive a little dry, but slow-roasted lamb is a standout. The wine list is long but accessible, with practised staff at hand for guidance. A rosé from Agiorgitiko goes well on a hot day, but don't hold back on something fuller-bodied, like the xinomavro merlot. Salted caramel rizogalo, meanwhile, is a rice-pudding revelation and you won't regret asking for the Hellenic version of classic loukoumades.

Phone:
(03) 9381 1222

Bookings:
Bookings recommended

Features:

  • Licensed
  • Bar
  • Vegetarian-friendly
  • Wheelchair Access
  • Private room
  • Impressive Wine List

Accepted card types:

  • American Express
  • Diners Club
  • Eftpos
  • MasterCard
  • Visa

Chef(s):
Dan Szwarc

This review was made independently for the Gourmet Traveller Restaurant Guide. The guide's reviewers visit unannounced and pay their way.