Stathis Kollias is the owner of GRK Souvlaki, the insanely popular gyros and souvlaki takeaway joint in Mascot. This shop on Brown Street is his second, and it’s serving the same gyros and souvlaki that made his Mascot store so popular.
The souvlaki, based on Kollias’ secret marinade, is rich, succulent and comes as skewers of pork, lamb, chicken or kotobacon (chicken wrapped in bacon). The gyros is served with toasted pita bread, spiced rotisserie meat, chips and tzatziki.
It might be a small menu, but it’s full of interesting and uncommon traditional Greek dishes. Grab a pita roll with kolokithokeftedes, deep-fried zucchini dumplings stuffed with fetta, onions and capsicum.
The Cretan dakos is a salad of shredded tomato, onion, feta and olives over dried bread, all heavily showered in oregano and olive oil. The bread layer soaks up all the juices from the tomato, feta and olive oil and forms a spongy layer at the base of the salad.
The mastiha comes as a viscous white blob on the end of a spoon dipped in a glass of water. It’s minty and nutty with a texture like what you’d imagine slightly melted chewing gum would be like. It’s made from resin from the mastic plant.