I was brought here by a good friend who had migrated to Brisbane. I wanted Greek, and she recommended Lefkas, a family-owned Greek restaurant.
Home-cooked Greek Cuisine
Chef/Owner John Theoharis describes his food as “wholesome quality food using the finest ingredients” and inspired by his time in Greece. Lefkas (Lefkada) is a pretty unspoilt Greek island with the most amazing beaches on its west coast. It is very friendly and serves fantastic food. Passing on most of her home-made recipes, John’s yiayia (Greek for grandma) is behind the inspiration of Lefkas Taverna. Lefkas Tavernas is just like its namesake and the owners want people to feel like family with authentic Greek ambience, it’s comforting – with comfort food.
1/ Rocket salad, pomegranate
2/ Meze platter
From 12 o’clock positions, anti-clockwise : Tarama (fish roe, garlic & lemon dip), Tzatziki (cucumber, yoghurt, garlic & dill), Melitzanosalata (eggplant dip, dill, fetta, capsicum), Hommus (chickpea & garlic dip) and Skordalla (potato & garlic dip). Served a whole stack of pita bread.
3/ Paldakia (lamb cutlets)
Lamb Cutlets w Lemon Potatoes & Greek Salad
4/ Combination platter
Chicken & Lamb Souvlakia, Grilled Octopus, Calamari, Haloumi, Pita & Tzatziki
The platter has everything Lefkas has to offer. Souvlakia are marinated meat on a skewer, Mediterranean satays. The grilled haloumi (goat’s milk cheese) and calamari tiganito (calamari light floured and fried) are perfectly done. The chatpodu scarras (grilled baby octopus) was a bit chewy though. Supposedly for two, I think it can easily feed four adults.
Coffee dipped sponge biscuits layered w custard & topped w cream & chocolate.
The Greek version of tiramisu made with custard instead of cream cheese. I really enjoyed the dense and smooth custard.
In Brisbane we are often spoilt for choice when it comes to choosing the perfect meal to dine on. But to feel part of a close-knit family, taste full-on flavour with every bite and immerse yourself in tradition, that culinary collection is hard to find within a single experience.
It is one of the best Greek food I have tasted in Australia, and I wanted to come again really soon but have since not been back to Brisbane. The atmosphere is “homely” (it is literally running out of a homestead) and owners run the kitchen and front as well. I look forward to the next time to this friendly restaurant in the middle of a suburb.
170 Hardgrave Rd, West End Qld 4101
Tel : 07 3844 1163
Date Visited : Apr 2014