“Are you George?” Jac asked the charming man who’d looked after us at lunch.
“No, I’m not George,” he replied with a grin.
Meet George, of George’s Meze Greek restaurant in Subiaco.
Luckily for George, he’s the restaurant’s cherished namesake and shares his aquarium with a sunken shipwreck, not a crowd of stressed out barramundi with a battalion of menacing snow crabs for neighbours. Do you know of any other restaurants with treasured animal mascots?
We began lunch with drinks: a Spartan Crush for me – a mocktail of mixed berries (check your teeth for berry bits after drinking) with a dash of pineapple and apple juice; and Mythos lager for Jac.
Our starters were hot balls – crumbed button mushrooms (AU$14, 3 pcs) and potato and zucchini balls (AU$15, 3 pcs). They’re tasty tongue-burners and the mushrooms are very juicy, stuffed with soft feta, Kalamata olives and sun blushed tomato – so lean in close when you take a bite.
We ordered bread, which brought more hot balls to our table – home-made herbed bread rolls (AU$7), the cannonball cousins of the potato and zucchini balls. They had a nice crust but an unexpected sweetness I didn’t quite like.
The surprise hit of the party was the green beans with sundried tomato and walnuts (AU$12). A little oily, but crisp, well seasoned and slightly piquant – anyone watching would think we were competitors in a very serious bean-eating race.
A seafood platter should be a generous, abundant affair, and we were stoked with the feast presented on George’s seafood platter (AU$39 per person): calamari spirals, crispy lemon whitebait, fresh local fish, Poseidon seafood balls (yeah, more hot balls – these ones contain calamari, prawn and snapper bound with a mornay sauce), marinated Fremantle octopus, scallops, tiger prawns, mussels and handcut potato wedges with lemon, tartare sauce and mini Greek salad.
The George’s Meze menu features lots of seafood as well as classics of Greek cuisine including moussaka, bourekia, spanakopita, baklava and lamb, chicken and seafood souvlakia.
The dining room, where you’ll find George the fish’s aquarium, is lovely – but on sunny days, al fresco dining in the Mediterranean garden is the way to go. Greek pop music and a trickling water fountain add to the ambience.
It was pretty good value with 25% off the bill thanks to our Entertainment Book card, and I’d like to return to try George’s moussaka, but my favourite Greek restaurant is still Xanthi at Westfield Sydney.
26 Denis St
Telephone: (08) 9388 1585
Closed on Mondays
Tuesday 6pm till late
Wednesday and Thursday 12pm to 3pm (lunch), then 6pm till late (dinner)
Friday, Saturday and Sunday 12pm till late
Breakfast on Sunday only 9am to 11am
25% off using the Entertainment Book (gold section)