Little Greek Taverna

Posted on 12th May 2013 by ian under Dining Out | No Comments »

You have a smorgasbord of delightful dining options in Brisbane’s South Bank restaurant precinct – French, Spanish, Italian, Turkish, Indian, Sri Lankan, Malaysian, Vietnamese, Chinese, Japanese, Mexican, Mediterranean, innovative Australian and Greek. And I love Greek cuisine. One of my favourites is Vagelis on Racecourse Road and there are a number of eateries in West End like Ouzeri, Lefkas Taverna and Kafe Meze. On the weekend I tried a fine little establishment simply called The Little Greek Taverna located on the corner of busy Boundary and Browning streets. The name says a lot – there’s not a heap of room with most of the tables on both Boundary and Bowning. There is a lively, friendly buzz, a little background bouzouki muzak and, while unlicensed, has the atmosphere of a modern tavern.

It is a family business that was established in 2009 and is now one of Brisbane’s favourites, for value as well as quality and service. We ordered the Northern Greek banquet. At first glance it looks expensive at $70, but it is for up to four people so less than $20 a head for some terrific Greek dishes – you get a lovely, large traditional Greek salad (Horiatiki Salata) and a choice of two dips (pita bread extra) – we chose the tzatziki and a red pepper. That came with two serves of haloumi. There are two meat platters – one with 2 x beeftekia (char-grilled beef patties) and 4 x seftelyes (pan-fried pork sausages) – the other was the souvklaki – two lamb, two chicken and two pork – perfect!

If you would prefer just a main course most are around $15, they do kiddies meals for $7 and corkage is $2.  The secret is out but they maintain the quality and value and best to book to avoid disappointment – 3255 2215.  We will certainly be back.  Open for lunch and dinner Tuesday through Sunday (closed Mondays).

The restaurant is wheelchair-friendly – it’s easy to wheel up to an outdoor table on the footpath and there are no steps to the interior part of the restaurant. It can be a little hectic inside because of the wait-staff coming and going. I transferred from w/c to a seat and folded the wheelchair. Our waitress didn’t know where she would store the ‘real’ chair as the place was full. The bathroom, however, is not w/c friendly – I wasn’t able to check it out because they said it was up Bowning Street and then right down a steep driveway. Glad I went before I went, so to speak. Note to self – ask on arrival, don’t trust online reviews that say, “wheelchair-friendly”.