Saturday, May 14, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Gazi has opened for more than two years and it still remain popular and reservations is highly recommended. Another successful venture from the famous Master Chef Australia judge, George Colombaris. He is definitely the King of Greek cuisine in Melbourne along side with his other venture; Jimmy Grants, The Press Club, Hellenic Republic.

The ambience was hype, lively and loud with people chattering as well as the music, especially at night. It was decorated with abundance terra cotta hanging all over the ceilings, it was iconic and edgy. The plates is blue with the evil eye on it known as mati which is believe as a charm to ward off bad luck. When I was in Turkey a couple years a go and in Greece two years a go, I saw the iconic evil eye every where and as a souvenirs as well.

We decided to go for the 7 dish sharing menu ($49/pp). The first course was the classic pita bread, tzatziki and taramosalata with prawn crackers. The pita bread was warm and the tzatziki and taramosalata was made perfectly. We enjoyed it so much.

Cheese - Saganaki, fig gklyko. My husband loves cheese and it's not a surprise when we are in Greece he falls in love with saganaki. He did said Gazi Saganaki has a little bit of crunchiness outside but remain soft in the middle with a hint of kumquat glyko sweetness.

Tuna Tataki - tomato, white soy, sesame, taramosalata, red shizo. The tuna tataki had a light char on the outside but remain a bit raw in the middle. Seasoned nicely with the fresh tomato flavour, light sesame, white soy, taramosalata and red shizo.

Chicken - white beans, tyrokafteri, walnut dressings. The chicken also had a light char on the outside as well as in the taste but it remain tender and moist throughout. The walnut dressings was really tasty and similar like pesto and I love pesto. In my opinion this dish is the winner of the night.

Grains - barley, lentils, quinoa, pomegranate, cumin yoghurt, cauliflower, puffed grains. The texture was great with all the assorted grains. The pomegranate was a unique mixture but adds a certain sweetness and the cumin yoghurt adds the creaminess to the dish. It was a bit weird at first but once you get used to it, it's pretty enjoyable.

Tiganites patates - chips, oregano, garlic oil, feta. The chips were extra crunchy which I love, topped with high quality feta, oregano, garlic oil. Just simply yum!

Loukoumades - honey nutella, hazelnut chocolate ice cream. The famous and most popular dessert at Gazi. It's super crispy on the outside and doughy, bouncy, soft on the inside with drizzled honey and sweetness from nutella and chocolate ice cream. Overall, it's really sweet but delicious, not a dessert you could tackled on your own.

I have previously tasted their famous Soft Shell Crab Souvas at last year Taste of Melbourne and I love them very much. I think they are super delicious and would have them again in a heart beat. I do think all the portions was pretty generous and even two of my male companion agreed with me. The staff was friendly but the attributes that impressed me the most was their speed and attentiveness. Gazi is definitely another crown jewel on George Colombaris empire.

Gazi Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato
Monday-Sunday: 11.30am-10.30pm

2 Exhibition St
Melbourne, VIC 3000