Gyradiko Brisbane

I have a confession to make – I don’t know the difference between a gyros (or is it yiros?), a doner (or is it doner kebab?), a shawarma or a wrap. Aren’t they all the same thing: a piece of flatbread stuffed with assorted vegetables and some kind of protein?

Bask and ridicule in my total ignorance, but after seeing a slew of drool worthy photos of gyros served up at George Calombaris’s Jimmy Grants Fitzroy establishment by several Melbournian foodies, I had my sights set on tasting a gyros for myself.

Did Gyradiko Brisbane hear my dripping salivation or the growling of my tummy? They might have, for they haven’t been open for long before I got wind of them and dragged the SO down to James Street to check them out.

Gyradiko Brisbane

Gyradiko Brisbane

Those who walk the beat down on James Street would remember Happy Little Dumplings used to occupy the narrow shop space Gyradiko Brisbane now resides. Tables and chairs spill out the front doorway with its bright red, yellow and white signage announcing you’ve arrived at Greek street food paradise. The walk of hungry shame past the drinks fridge takes you right up to the order counter, where the giant meats on sticks are gently rotated for even cooking.

The menu was a little Greek (get it?) to me, so I whipped out my iPhone and pointed to an Instagram photo. The staff then helped us with ensuring we got our order right, which were a pork gyros and a chicken souvlaki plate.

Gyradiko Brisbane - Pork gyros with chips. AUD$9.80

Pork gyros with chips. AUD$9.80

Gyradiko Brisbane - Chicken souvlaki (2), Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plate. AUD$15

Chicken souvlaki (2), Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plate. AUD$15

Gyradiko Brisbane

To compare a Gyradiko Brisbane gyros against a corner shop kebab would be – well… an injustice. For one, both the pork and chicken were both succulent and really flavourful, particularly when paired with thick cut crisp fresh vegetables. Even the tzatziki was different – we’re used to the stuff that has a watery consistency more akin to thin liquid soap and is squeezed out of a bottle nozzle, but the stuff Gyradiko Brisbane were dishing out was so thick, it had to be whacked out of the spoon.

And while there’s no shame in the AUD$9.80 gyros, I reckon the plate at AUD$15 is a better deal if you’re dining with two not-starving people. For the additional AUD$6, you get two souvlaki, warmed pita bread (the same used to wrap your gyros, cut into quarters), Greek salad full of chunky fresh tomatoes, cucumber, olives and topped with crumbled feta at the last minute (a nice touch to ensure it doesn’t sit around in the vegetable juices), a whacking dollop of tzatziki and hot chips.

Now how good a deal is that?


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