Frank Sinatra and Graham Kennedy were regulars at the Antonakos family’s 1970s French bistro, La Taverna. Decades later, an offshoot of the family has brought the same sense of old-world hospitality and put it into a modern, all-day package.
You won’t find any blue or white decor inside, but the menu is largely traditional Greek. Owners Mario and Katrine Sarris aren’t too fussed with fusions or recipe changes, preferring a “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it” approach.
Mornings see eggs done 10 different ways, including green and Benedict. A favourite is the Mediterranean breakfast: poached eggs rolled in sumac and sesame, with sujuk sausage, olives, haloumi and tomato.
As the day progresses, dips, meze and chargrilled meats take over. The classic gyros comes stuffed with lamb, chicken or eggplant, zucchini and haloumi. It’s all wrapped up in authentic Greek pita with tomato, fries, onion and tzatziki. The venue offers two Greek wines and three beers, including Mythos.
Every part of the fit-out is considered, from the hanging industrial lights to vertical pot plants. Timber tables soften the metal chairs and exposed brick walls. Most mornings, Mario and Katrine's young daughter will help take your coffee order, letting you know the beans are from Di Bella. It’s just part of the family atmosphere.