Philhellene (Invited)

Saturday, September 24, 2016 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Philhellene is located in Moonee Ponds opened in November 2008 by a warm family, John & Susie and their partner Harry & Rosie. Susie daughter often helps them as well at the restaurant. The name Philhellene comes from Philhellenism - the love of Greek culture and it suits the restaurant perfectly. While John and Susie are mainly in charge of the front house, Harry and Rosie is in charge of the kitchen. Both of them had an award winning Greek restaurant, Alpha Ouzeri. Harry also work with their mothers in selecting the special dishes, prepare and cooked them in the kitchen every day. Philhellene pride them self in only using premium seasonal produce to produce a traditional homey Greek dishes.

I always have a special place in my heart for a restaurant run and own by a family since it's resonates so much with my family back home in Indonesia. I understand how it works, how hard it is but I also understand the passion and the warm fuzzy feelings to do what you love all your life. The restaurant it self radiates the warm and cosy feeling with an open fire, classic wooden furnitures, brick walls decorated with family photos.

It's fitting to start a Greek dinner with their famous Dips for two; tzatziki, taramosalata, melitzanosalata, skordalia, grilled pita bread ($14.5) and also their Special of The Day: Char Haloumi. The starters was amazing, the pita was warm and well made, all of the dips was delicious. Their melitzanosalata and skordalia is the most delicious I have tasted in Melbourne. Seriously, I can't stop eating it.

Philhellene Mixed Grill for 2 - Lamb cutlets, beef rissoles, chicken, sausages & baked lemon lamb with roasted potatoes ($32). The first thing we notice is the super generous portion. My favourite pieces on the plate was the lamb cutlets, it was perfectly done.

Special of The Day; Vegetarian Mousaka. My husband is a big fan of Mousaka, since our Greece trip two years a go he loves them so much that he try find the best Mousaka in Melbourne but this is his first time trying the non vegetarian version. He still loves them, Jack mother is the one who responsible for it and she clearly done and great job.

Baked Quince with Halva Ice Cream. The baked quince was honest,well seasoned and nicely partnered with the ice cream. Just love how simple it is yet very warm and enjoyable.

Our meal at Philhellene was delightful. The service was warm, friendly and attentive even though they are really busy on a weekdays night. We love everything about it. The place it's also perfect for functions and big party since they have a spacious space and it's one of the four Greek restaurant listed in Australian Good Food Guide 2016.

Philhellene Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

Monday-Wednesday & Saturday: 5.30pm-12am
Thursday- Friday: 12am-3pm & 7pm-12am
Sunday: 12pm-12am

551/553 Mt Alexander Rd
Moonee Ponds, VIC 3039