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Stalactites @ Melbourne

One of Melbourne’s longest established and well known Greek restaurants, Stalactites has been owned and operated by the same Greek family since 1978.

Owned and operated by the Konstandakopoulos family, you’ll find breakfast, lunch and dinner on offer. It’s proudly open 24 hours but, let’s be honest, there are some times of day here that are better than others.

Saganaki

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Saganaki

Feta cheese and kalamata olives

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Feta cheese and kalamata olives

Homemade hummus

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Homemade hummus

Homemade chickpea and lemon dip, sprinkled with paprika for that extra kick. An Israeli friend said this is as good as he can get here in Melbourne. Anything else he has to go back to Tel Aviv. Of course his view is highly tainted, but I cannot argue with the chairman of my board.

Pita Bread

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Pita bread

Dipped the hummus with their beautiful and freshly baked pita bread that has been doused with garlic oil. Or better, wrap your giros with this fragrant bread to make a souvlaki.

Mixed giros

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Mixed giros

I ordered a mixed gyros which is marinated boneless lamb and chicken grilled and cut from the spit, served with Greek salad and chips. They spelt it as giros, I didn’t 🙂

The portion was huge for one person, but it was really delicious. The lamb was tender and well marinated so every morsel of meat was full of spices. The chicken skin was grilled to a crisp and added that needed satisfaction that can only come from burnt meat.

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Stalactites on the ceiling

Found on Lonsdale Street, a buzzing street of the CBD, the delicious restaurant accommodates to everyone’s Greek tastebuds and is open 24/7, allowing those hungry in the early hours of the morning to indulge in some Hellenic cuisine.

A must visit for night owls, Stalactites offers late night revellers a Greek feast of souvlaki, traditional dips and substantial baked dishes to kick off or end their night.

The name is self explanatory; false plaster stalactites claw at you from the ceiling, making for a sort of faux cave vibe. Though it’s been updated slightly over the years, this questionable decor remains as endearing as ever, particularly when all you need is moussaka at the end of a big night.

Stalactites
177 – 183 Lonsdale St, Melbourne, VIC, 3000
Tel : (03) 9663 3316

http://www.stalactites.com.au

Date Visited : Jul 2014

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