Cafe Greco South Yarra

Name: Cafe Greco South Yarra
Location: 560 Chapel St. South Yarra, VIC 3141
Prices: Mains $15-25, $9 desserts, $10 lunch special
Cost rating: 2/5 for non-lunch special, 4/5 for lunch special
Taste rating: 6.5/10
Overall rating: 6.5/10

We ordered two of the lunch specials and a dessert to share. Fairly average fare for mains, but for $10 it isn’t bad compared to other prices in the area. The dessert was delicious though! There have been some bad reviews for their desserts, but I liked the galaktoburiko.

Vegetarian pizza ($10)
Would I order it again? No.

Vegetarian/ Disappointing when it's bland/ Awesome when it's not

In hindsight, ordering a vegetarian pizza in a greek eatery was a silly idea. There is tomato, eggplant, zucchini, mushroom, basil and cheese. The topping is fine, but nothing special. The base is a let-down. Instead of being crispy, light, with the right amount of chewiness, the thin crust pizza was slightly soggy, dense and stale-tasting.

Meatball napoli pasta — entree size ($10)
Taste: 7/10
Would I order it again? Yes

Storybook pasta/ Giant meatballs and red sauce/ Shaved parmesan

Pasta sauce is thick and tomato-y without being watery or too acidic. Generous portion of meatballs, predominantly flavoured with garlic and cummin. If this is entree size, I imagine the ‘mains’ size to be roughly the size of a wash basin. Afterall, this is a greek place, so a wash basin may not be an exaggeration.

Galaktoburiko ($9)
Taste: 9/10
Would I order it again? Yes.

Galaktoburiko is a Greek dessert, usually served warm (and preferably with icecream). It is a custardy pastry with puff pastry at the bottom and top, and doused liberally with honeyed syrup. I like it a lot. It reminds me of baklava, which is a dessert without custardy centre but a mix of pastry and nuts soaked in honey. I can never get through a portion of baklava because it is so rich. Make no mistake, galaktoburiko is also rich but there’s respite in the creamy custardy centre. Yummy.


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