It’s been four weeks since the lockdown started here and I have to admit I’ve enjoyed all the extra home cooking I’ve been doing. I love being in the kitchen (on most days) and being able to eat healthier in general. It doesn’t mean I don’t miss a handful of restaurants or takeaway places in the city though. One of the cuisines I miss the most is Greek cuisine. I love my souvlaki, moussaka and loukoumades (Greek doughnuts). So here’s a little throwback to our visit to Stalactites a long time ago during our trip to Melbourne. This very well-known restaurant is located in the CBD and is ran by the same family since the 1970’s. It’s open for long hours everyday, and can get absolutely packed. When we finally got a chance to eat there, I understood why the queues can get so long.
I love saganaki, because who doesn’t love fried cheese? I recall ordering this all the time in a Greek restaurant in Manila and enjoying it with some figs. The one from Stalactites was served plain, but it was still delicious!
My brother and I ordered a souvlaki each. I wasn’t expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised when they arrived. Look, I have a big appetite, but the serving size here was HUGE that I had a challenging time finishing my souvlaki off. I managed to eat the entire mixed souvlaki in the end (had to pace myself!) because the taste was phenomenal. Both chicken and lamb meat were tender and flavorful. I’m so happy I decided to go with the mixed one instead of just chicken. The crunch of the vegetables wrapped inside gave it some freshness and a contrast in texture. I had a hard time walking home afterwards because my stomach was just at full capacity. Will I do it again? Hell yeah!
Oh we also ordered a serving of large chips to share because why not? The bowl doesn’t look very big in the photo, but trust me: It was. How I wish I could have this much fried potato goodness in front of me right now.
Lastly, my husband decided to go for the Mixed giro platter. I have no idea why he went for a sharing platter as his main. I’m guessing he was tempted by all that extra lamb and chicken meat. I think he also underestimated his ability to eat all that meat. He had to tap out midway and we asked to have the rest wrapped up for takeaway. We split the leftovers for dinner later that day and we still had enough to satisfy us both. This platter is definitely worth the price, in my opinion. The amount of food that’s on that plate makes it a dish that’s seriously meant to be shared. Don’t be like my husband. Hahaha!
Stalactites Restaurant: 177/183 Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000