If like us, every single person you know is currently enjoying a beachside European holiday and you are not, we’ve come to brighten your day.
A brand new Greek taverna will open its’ doors at Marina Mirage next week and with it, comes traditional eats in a casual, make-you-think-you’re-abroad setting.
Elia Greek Island Tavera is all bright blues and Santorini coastal vibes with a bright, seascape mural splashed across one wall and sparkly water views delighting your senses from floor to ceiling windows on another.
It’s the stunning Greek Island vibes you’d love to be soaking up but right here in our very own backyard. Just lovely.
The menu is absolutely packed with the yummiest of dishes and we’ve just decided there simply isn’t enough Greek food in our lives so Elia comes at the perfect time.
Now we all know how much the Greek value family and community and as such, the eats have been designed to share with recipes passed down through generations.
You’ll need to start with dips and pita bread, which are always our downfall because they are so good and we cannot stop eating them. The Taramasolata is a firm favourite, as is the Scordalia (because it’s made of potatoes friends) and there’s a trio situation to sample a few so that’s probably your best bet.
Next up, all the best Greek eats are there for your sampling pleasure including grilled haloumi, marinated olives and Dolmathes (love) plus marinated sardines and homemade pickled octopus for something a little bit different.
Larger plates are delights along the lines of Loukaniko, Greek and orange wine sausage chargrilled and with a lemon dressing, Calamari Tiganito and Prawn Saganaki, cooked in garlic and herbs and topped with feta.
From the grill, you can choose from an array of mouthwatering souvlakis, Arni Sti Souvla – spit roasted lamb served with roasted Mediterranean vegetables and a grilled swordfish and scallops dish that’ll transport you right to the shores of a sparkly Greek Island.
If you’re hard pressed to decide, opt for a hot, cold or meat-filled share platter for a minimum of two people.
Vegans need to not worry about being left out, there’s a sizeable section dedicated to you including dishes like Cypriot Grain Salad, Vegan Moussaka and a baked capsicum and tomato delight stuffed with rice and served with lemon potatoes. We non-vegans will definitely be indulging in that one too.
Sounds like the perfect Sunday afternoon feasting slash water view situation to us.
Honestly you may as well be in the Greek Islands.
LOCATION: Marina Mirage, Seaworld Drive, Main Beach
Words and photos by Kirra Smith