Get your Greek on!

Get your Greek on!

Opa! Get into the Greek spirit early…

By Candice Jackson | 15th May 2014

While Paniyiri Greek Festival is not until May 24 and 25, Brisbane restaurants are starting the celebrations early!

2014 marks a huge year for Paniyiri, celebrating 38 years of honey puff eating, Zorba dancing, plate smashing, bouzouki playing, and Greek cooking.

It’s Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival. So before you dance, sing, eat, drink and laugh at Paniyiri, prepare at one of these restaurants with their Paniyiri specials!

Watt Restaurant and Bar

Kleftico lamb shoulder, confit garlic oregano mash & grilled whole shallots paired with a glass of house red wine - $35.

Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, 119 Lamington St, New Farm P 3358 5464 www.wattrestaurant.com.au

Pony Dining

Pit fired lamb burger, roasted peppers, dried tomato, olive aioli, pickled cucumber served on a Pony Bun with french fries - $22.50

Eagle Street Pier, The City P 3181 3400 www.ponydining.com.au

Go Greek Kafe

Traditional Souvlaki with real meat char-grilled, wrapped in Greek pita with tomato, onion, parsley, potato chips and tzatziki - $8 chicken pita wrap, $10 lamb pita wrap, $16 chicken souvlaki w/ Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plated; $18 lamb souvlaki w/ Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plated.

330 Brunswick St, The Valley P 3257 0175 www.gogreekkafe.com.au

The Greek container Five Sisters at Eat Street Markets

A selection of Greek treats and specialties:

-Barbecued octopus, marinated in their special Five Sisters marinade of Greek herbs, lemon and olive oil, and served with tzatziki, $12 a serve.

- Yiros $12 - Greek pita bread with tzatziki and tabouli with either homemade haloumi, octopus, chicken or lamb

- Haloumi grilled with lemon and served with tzatziki, garlic and cucumber, $5 for two pieces.

- Honey puffs - traditional homemade dough with their special vanilla and clove syrup $6 small or $10 large plate.

- Baklava - homemade with almonds and spices and their special vanilla and clove syrup $4 for one piece or $7 for two pieces.

Eat Street Markets at Hamilton Wharf P 3846 5904 www.fivesisterscafe.com.au

Greek on Cav

The Paniyiri Platter of Dip & Warm Pita Bread, Haloumi Cheese, Dolmades, Crumbed Stuffed Mushrooms, Garlic Prawn Skewers, Kalamarakia, Pork Souvlakia Skewers, Keftethes, Greek Salad, Lemon potatoes, Honey Puffs + Ouzo Ice Cream, $55 (serves 2)

4/377 Cavendish Rd Coorparoo P 3397 2613 www.greekoncav.com.au

Taverna Elia

Ocean King prawns flambéed in ouzo then tossed in a creamy sauce with fresh dill and garlic - $19.90.

296 Montague Rd, West End P 3844 8222

The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club goes Greek - add haloumi to any meal for $3 extra.

The Coffee Club P 3010 3000

Chez Nous Corporate

The Paniyiri Greek Mezze Lunch of toasted pita bread and tzatziki dip, petite lamb skewers (2 per person), petite chicken skewers marinated in lemon and oregano (2 per person), spanakopita spinach and cheese pie (1 per person), traditional Greek salad, Zorba the Greek sweet treats platter – baklava, kourambiethes and Turkish delight - $25 per person plus GST

Based in South Brisbane for catering P 3844 8588 www.cheznouscorporate.com.au

Paniyiri Greek Festival is on from 12pm Saturday May 24 and from 10am Sunday May 25 at Musgrave Park & The Greek Club in South Brisbane.

www.paniyiri.com

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Article by Candice Jackson

Candice Jackson is a former Journalist of Style Magazines. She has an uncontrollable sweet tooth, an irrational fear of birds and a love of travel. Candice believes in the Yes Man Philosophy.