Gazi for lunch

Al & I enjoyed our dinner visit to Gazi so much that on a quick overnight visit to Melbourne to see a show, we returned for a celebration birthday lunch with our friends Mr & Mrs H.

Gazi is fun, the atmosphere on a Friday lunchtime is buzzing. The staff are super friendly and efficient.  The food is simple but absolutely packed with flavour. We love it and wish Gazi was in Brisbane!

While we waited for Mr & Mrs H we ordered three dips and bread. We just couldn’t wait. Beetroot and feta, hummus, cauliflower skordalia and the best flat bread I’ve ever tasted.

The lunchtime ‘Bend over Box’ is savoury to sweet, quick and fast, Monday to Friday till 3pm. For $27.50 it’s great value and lets you try a little bit of different parts of the menu. A great introduction to Greek food. Mr & Mrs H were suitably impressed with this lunchtime offering. The staff will run through what’s normally on the box and if you don’t like a particular food they’ll happily adjust the box to your liking. For example Mrs H had the chicken with white beans from the wood fire spit while Mr H had the pork belly with apple skordalia. One of my favourite items from the menu is also on the box. Called Marouli, it is a very simple dish of iceberg lettuce, lemon, olive oil and oregano. These ingredients together make the most delicious salad and I’ll definitely be trying to recreate this dish at home.

Bend over boxAl ordered the confit duck souvlakakia and I the beef brisket souvlakakia. Both were tender and moist with a mustard mayo, parsley, red onion and chips all encased in the softest most comforting bread. Heaven, and at $8.50 each, an absolute lunch bargain. We also ordered the grilled corn with Aleppo mayo, seeds and kefalograviera and some grilled prawns. Again, mouth-watering.

After a very satisfying lunch Mr H and I were presented with two pistachio and lemon macaroons. Attention to detail and making people happy is high on the list of priorities at Gazi. Whether you are a mad foodie or just enjoy good honest food at a reasonable price, you’ll love Gazi.

Lemon and pistachioGazi

2 Exhibition St, Melbourne

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