Little Greek Taverna in South Brisbane

We must have passed Little Greek Taverna a hundred times over the years whenever we venture into West End, but have never tried them out. Was it because every time we did, the little corner restaurant would be packed with every table spilling down the sidewalk on either side? Or perhaps we were simply too lazy or always enroute to catch up with friends at another venue?

Whatever the reason, we finally made it to Little Greek Taverna and came away wondering why the hell we stayed away for as long as we did.

Little Greek Taverna

Little Greek Taverna

Being on the fringes of the eclectic West End, Little Greek Taverna seemed to attract a varied clientele of family, friends groups and couples seeking a good meal and conversation without yelling over overly enthusiastic bands or singer/song writers crooning on guitars. There simply isn’t space for live entertainment. And besides, the vibe at Little Greek Taverna and their service staff was a no-monkey business to seating and feeding its hungry punters quickly and without fuss.

We dropped in without a reservation and were fortunate to grab a table for dinner. Well-worn tri-fold menus encased in thick frosted plastic were handed over with a laminated sheet of specials for our inspection, and it definitely didn’t take them long to deliver the goods after taking our order.

Little Greek Taverna

Garlic prawns to share. AUD$15

The SO wanted to start with the garlic prawns to share, but our entire order arrived at the same time, which was fine by us. Served simply in a tiny frying pan that might only fry up two eggs at a time, the pile of these plump and juicy sweet prawns could have so easily been overcooked or overpowered by the strong garlic sauce they had been tossed in, but the balance was perfect by our account.

Little Greek Taverna

Keftedes and salad. AUD$15

Little Greek Taverna

Chargrilled barramundi with salad and salsa. AUD$15

The first impression when our two mains arrived was that there didn’t look like much on the plate. Both had the item we had ordered and a small bowl of Greek salad – chunky cuts of tomato, cucumber, onion, olives, a pickled chilli and only in the SO’s case, cubes of feta dressed in olive oil. The rest was a sea of white ceramic, making it look deceptively empty.

The keftedes and salad served as a main comes with eight large tablespoon sized panfried beef meatballs. Thin crispy crusts encased the ground beef insides and yielded easily to the dinner knife, breaking off nicely into bite sized pieces. I was expecting the keftedes to be plain, but they were surprisingly moist and spiced enough that it didn’t simply taste of beef.

The fillet of chargrilled barramundi was a generous serve, made slightly crispy from the flat grilling and well-seasoned. The SO quite enjoyed this one and found himself polishing off this main fairly quickly.

With mains priced around AUD$15, we found Little Greek Taverna very reasonably priced for the area and quality of the meal – certainly placing it on our list to visit next time we’re in the area.

 

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