Mezethes Greek Taverna

Licensed $-$$
Salamanca Sq, Hobart
03) 6224 4601
Open: Breakfast and lunch Tues to Sun; Dinner seven nights. Takeaways.

The first time I visited Mezethes, I left without eating, after copping a long harangue from someone I took to be the owner (I was wrong) about how all Hobart’s fishmongers were cheats and crooks. The second time I also left without eating, this time because we sat outside for better than half an hour without any service or even enquiry.

Last week, on a very wet and quiet Sunday lunch, it was third time lucky. The service was attentive and relaxed and the food was as enjoyable as many reports over the past year or so had led me to expect.

The taramasalata and skordalia dips, which I believe are the closely guarded responsibility of owner Anastasis Spandonis, were especially good. So too were some nicely spiced keftethes (meat patties) and the generously dressed salads that garnished or accompanied each of the dishes. While a whole grilled snapper was a little dry from having been, of necessity, frozen, it was good to see a special of whole grilled fish on the menu. For my taste, the octopus could have done with a bit more charring but a souvlaki kebab of chicken, lamb and vegetables was char-roasted to perfection. And the “chips” soft and infused with olive oil, were delicious.

The wine list is adequate and fairly reasonably priced with a good Tasmanian representation and a small selection of Greek wines quite a few steps up from retsina adding interest. The so-called Greek coffee was an insipid imitation of what Greek coffee could or should be.

Altogether a pleasant lunch, as authentically Greek in style and flavours – apart from that coffee – as you’re likely to get this far from Athens with outside tables that are sure to be popular during summer. And the menu has a small Greek glossary so you can yiamas each other over your ouzo.

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