Chef Stergios Zdralis has compiled a menu of traditional Greek dishes with interesting local variations and additions.
The Belvedere was established in 1823, and still looks like an old-style Aussie pub. But venture upstairs to the first floor and you’ll find a restaurant resembling a friendly Greek taverna, serving traditional Greek food. Light timber floors, touches of blue in the plates and menus, small vases of flowers and lots of tealights create an Hellenic island atmosphere.
Most dishes are ideal for sharing. The spanakopita is a lovely thin slice of bright green spinach, leek and dill topped with flaky golden filo. Greek meatballs (keftedakia) are made with wagyu beef and served atop a very tasty capsicum dip. The moussaka is an excellent version of this traditional dish and a great balance of meat, eggplant and béchamel. Among the more substantial dishes, you could try a twist on Greek lamb with succulent, tender lamb cutlets covering a parcel of soft roasted vegetables and a delicious pumpkin sauce.
PSST! Save room for the galaktoboureko. This Greek custard pie is one of the best you’ll find anywhere.