6 More Traditional Greek Foods

Melbourne: the food, café, and restaurant capital of Australia. Us Melburnians love to eat an eclectic mixture of cuisines, and our unique food and café culture means that Melbourne is home to some of the highest quality food in the world.  It’s true that Melbourne has always had a special connection to Greece and Greek cuisine, and that’s why here at It’s Greek, we are so passionate about serving you the best Greek food in Melbourne. Make sure to take a look at the special relationship between Melbourne and Greek food in our guide to how Greek food has evolved. Keep reading to find out all about more of the most iconic and traditional Greek foods and delicacies. Then, learn where to go for the best Greek takeaway, and how to order online to end up with a delicious Greek feast!

Moussaka

Moussaka is a traditional Greek casserole typically made with eggplants, which are also known as aubergines in places like France.

The typical moussaka has layers somewhat similar to a lasagne, combining the sliced and roasted eggplant with a rich meat sauce, bechamel and a creamy potato topping.

This hearty casserole is one that can be made differently according to the recipe of each particular family. Recipes can be passed down from generation to generation, though the distinct flavours and the warming ingredients make it always recognisable as moussaka.

Octopus

Octopus is an authentic Greek dish that is served in restaurants and homes alike in Greece.

Greek octopus can be smoky in flavour and can be grilled with the simple flavours of lemon and olive oil, or calamari can be battered, fried, or stuffed with feta or tomato.

With so many fishing ports and seaside towns, there is always beautiful fresh octopus to be found in Greek tavernas, and the same can be said for Melbourne’s Greek restaurants, too.

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Kolokythokeftedes

These gorgeous, bite-sized little fried balls are such a delight, and they feature some of the best traditional Greek flavours.

Packed to the brim with fresh and delicate zucchini, crumbled feta, and the bright zing of mint, kolokythokeftedes are rolled into balls or pressed into fritters.

They are then fried in high-quality olive oil, something there is an abundance of in Greece, and they can often be found on a traditional meze platter.

FAQ: What is a meze platter?

Answer: A meze platter is a selection of savoury appetisers which are served alongside a drink or aperitif, such as ouzo.

Melitzanosalata

This eggplant dip is deceptively simple in its flavour profile but is a real stand out on meze platters in Greece and Australia alike.

Melitzanosalata is a traditional recipe that uses eggplants that have been sufficiently baked in the oven to allow them to gain a smoky flavour. They are then either diced or mashed together with lemon juice, garlic, some parsley and plenty of salt and pepper to season.

Serve with some crusty bread and you have a delicious addition to your meze platter, or a tasty meal or snack all of its own.

Check out this melitzanosalata recipe, or leave all the cooking to us, and keep reading to find out where to get exceptional Greek take away!

Briam

Briam is a dish of mixed roasted vegetables packed with fresh flavours of vegetables like potato, zucchini, tomato, and eggplants.

The vegetables are thinly sliced or chopped, layered in a dish, and then topped with onion, garlic, parsley, salt, and pepper.

Don’t forget a generous drizzle of high-quality Greek olive oil for added flavour, and then your briam is ready to bake in the oven.

Once out of the oven, briam can be sprinkled with salty feta, or served with bread to mop up the delicious sauce created by the baking.

Taramasalata

Another typical addition to the Greek meze platter, taramasalata, (also known as taramosalata) is a creamy dip made of fish roe from a fish such as cod. This is then combined with high-quality olive oil, lemon juice, grated onion and a starchy base similar to homemade breadcrumbs.

Taramasalata is sometimes eaten at special times of the year, such as Shrove Monday, also known as ‘clean Monday’, in the days preceding Lent.

In the Mood for Terrific Greek Food in Melbourne?

Has all this talk of Greek food got you in the mood for some amazing Greek takeaway? Look no further than It’s Greek! We are proud to bring you the best that Greek cuisine has to offer. We use authentic recipes and flavours that will transport you straight to Greece, right here in the heart of Springvale. Whether you’re craving an exceptional souvlaki, a delicious dip for a meze platter, or a delectable mix grill plate, It’s Greek is here to help. We thrive on providing exceptional customer service, and on serving up the best Greek food in Melbourne!

For an amazing Greek feed, place your order online, or call us on 03 9548 5607, and we will happily take care of you!