Sunday, March 31, 2019 Sharon Halim 0 Comments

Bahari is one of the top and certainly one of the most popular Greek casual dining restaurant in Melbourne. The name Bahari is the Greek word for " Spice" or "All Spice". Owned by Philip Vakos ( ex 2010 Masterchef contestants), his wife Heleena Alatsas and good friend Stell Kaponas it quickly rose into fame since it has been open over a year. They have seasonal 'Specials' menu on top of their regular menu to maintain the interest of Melbourne foodies, also allowing Philip to continue working reinventing Greek food.

Bahari has been on my list for quiet sometime, finally when one of my friend visits and want to try Greek cuisines in Melbourne, I know where he would be impressed. Bahari takes reservation but walk in are welcome if there's table available. Bahari is a medium size restaurant, intimate decorated with warm colours. They are all about food to be enjoyed together with family and friends so the food is all about shared dishes.

We went crazy with ordering, starting with; Trio of Dips - tzatziki, melitzanosalata, taramosalata, pita bread ($18.5), Saganaki - kefalograviera ($13.5), Prawn Kataifi - aioli ($16) and Calamari - dusted in semolina and fried ($14.8). This may sound surprising but we like all of them. The tzatziki is not as creamy as I wanted but the rest of the dip was delicious. Then the saganaki was so salty but till enjoyable. Move on to super crunchy prawn and the highlight was perfectly cooked calamari.

Special of The Day; Chicken, Fig & Haloumi Sheftalies - cypriot sausages ($16.8). We got the last serving of this tender, juicy, flavourful sausages. My mom is not a big fan of sausages, even her finish the whole sausage by her self and that's amazing.

Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder ($18.5) and Rosemary & Garlic Lamb Cutlets ($5.9ea). We could not go to a Greek restaurant without ordering some lamb. The lamb shoulder was so tender, juicy, melts in your mouth, packed full of flavour but the star was the super delicious lamb cutlets. It's possibly the best lamb cutlets I have tasted in Melbourne. A must try! Highly Recommended!

Pork Skewers ($4.5ea), Chicken Souvlaki - tzatziki onion, tomato, parsley, mustard, chips ($10) and Horiatiki - greek salad ($13.5). The rest of the meals went on smoothly, tender pork skewers with enjoyable souvlaki but the salad was amazingly tasty and refreshing. Light, simple but packed of fresh goodness. Love it.

We can't leave without dessert; Baklava - orange blossom pistachio, walnuts, honey, cinnamon ($9) and Halva Ice Cream ($8.5). Super generous serving of halva ice cream. Well, the flavour on the halva ice cream is not for everyone. My friend does not seem to like the spices but I quiet like it, it similar to chai flavour. Contrary, the baklava was too heavy for me, it needed to be a bite lighter and sweeter.

Bahari also provides take home meals, event catering as well as in house functions. They also host Philip's cooking Master-Classes time to time which I think it's amazing. We were pretty impressed with the food, the service was fast but a bit hectic. Above all, we would definitely be back for that lamb cutlets and they do serve good coffee.

Bahari The Hellenic Palate Menu, Reviews, Photos, Location and Info - Zomato

+6139427 7898
179 Swan St
Melbourne VIC 3121
Tue-Thu: 5 PM to 10 PM
Fri: 5 PM to 11 PM
Sat:12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 5 PM to 11 PM

Sun:12 Noon to 3:30 PM, 5 PM to 10 PM