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Oikos Hellenic cuisine

I have to confess up front I’m a bit over the sharing / tapas concept where you end up buying a bunch of dishes, which might come in random spurts, and go home potentially hungry and considerably lighter in the wallet to boot.

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So I was a little dismayed to find that Oikos, of which I’d heard very good things, was of this ilk too. Lately I just want a proper cohesive meal prepared by a chef putting the right things together for an experience greater than the sum of its parts.

However, Oikos apparently means both family and the place one calls home, so sharing it is (if you have 9 or more in your party you must share at $50 per head).

And there’s certainly no doubting the authenticity of Oikos and staff, with a couple of stand-out dishes – the sesame crumbed feta with honey for one, and the house-made pita bread, which was soft and tender, for two.

Other dishes were pleasant, but didn’t have any wow factor, and the jury’s still out for me on whether chocolate baklava is a good thing or not.

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The service was friendly and welcoming, but needs a little more settling in (one beer never eventuated for the longest time, and the greens to share with the meats was missed entirely). They offer their own Oikos’ organic house wines by the glass (all other wines are by the bottle, both Greek and NZ), which is kinda groovy. And the coffee was black, white or Greek. Simple and effective.

Like others have noted, be prepared for a range of emails, calls and texts from Oikos confirming your booking (they certainly want to be sure you’re going to turn up) and do consider booking if its heading towards the end of the week or the weekend.

And if you don’t like a lot of noise, choose an off-peak time as there’s a lot of flat surfaces here, and it was hard to hear each other by the end.

For me, a great location for a nibble and wine when you don’t fancy a meal.

382 Broadway, Miramar (really just before Strathmore)


Gipsy Kitchen, Strathmore

UPDATE: Also doing Friday evening tapas which are well regarded.

It’s a while since I’ve been to theĀ Gipsy Kitchen, and a recent visit reminded me of why I should come by every time I drive out out of the garage (it’s okay, I drive infrequently so won’t become a Gipsy Kitchen stalker!).

Gypsy Kitchen scone

We’d been eating our way around the various suburban delis, so the visit coincided with afternoon tea/pre-movie snack time.

Being a sweet-toothed girl I immediately homed in on the rhubarb and caramel scone (really, really good) while my savoury-toothed friend (I just got visions of a sabre-toothed tiger writing that, obviously more sleep required!) homed in on the beef and blue cheese pie (also so good that the resolve to eat only half disappeared in a puff of smoke…).

Both were oven warmed so not microwave-soggy. Yay!

The scone was a pleasing mix of crisp and tenderness, and the pastry on the pie was rich, buttery and crisp, with deep pleasing flavours through the filling.

There were many other appealing deli foods (stuffed capsicums, tortilla wraps…), and the usual range of pastas, sauces and condiments on the shelves.

Gypsy Kitchen pie

The fridge had an interesting selection of juices, drinks and take-home meals, and the counter-top baking was very appealing also.

And most impressively, we received good honest advice about the keeping span of deli items (despite meaning they couldn’t sell me anything further on that day and I might or might not be able to come back in the next couple of days).

Thats food integrity right there.

Despite saying always open on their facebook page, I suspect the Gipsy Kitchen really mean they’re open 7 days during usual daytime hours.

I didn’t have coffee on this occasion, but my friend’s long black had good crema and a pleasant aroma, and other reviews comment likewise.

4 Glamis Avenue, Strathmore.

Gypsy Kitchen

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