My darling friend Laura had a massive weekend of celebrations as she "welcomed herself into the dirty thirties!" We dined in style at Hellenic Republic on Lygon Street, Brunswick East on Thursday, followed by drinks at the Canary Club on Friday.
Hellenic Republic is one of George Calombaris's three restaurants in Melbourne. I have always been a huge fan of Calombaris, from his now and again presence on Ready, Steady, Cook and now a judge on MasterChef! So I was really looking forward to eating at one of his restaurants. The Press Club and Maha had been a phenomenal success, so I was excited.
Hellenic Republic is like a modern day Greek Taverna. Food was delicious, an array of Greek starters. Olives, Dolmathakia, Dips and Bread, Saganaki, Beetroot, Pickled Vegetables, Oysters and much more. Then there were swordfish off the grill, cubed morsels of fish that just melts in your mouth, definitely the highlight of the night on the table. And the compulsory lamb off the spit.
Laura and us go way back. She played matchmaker and obviously succeeded, and now a Godmother to my child. She's a delightful person, and a wonderful friend. It was hilarious how we met 11 years ago, but that's another story all together.