06 Sep Hellenic Republic, Brunswick East
On Fridays and Saturdays, Hellenic Republic offers up a $12 takeaway lunch special, which is booked over the phone. At the moment the special is only being offered from its Brunswick store. This week’s lunch consisted of chicken souvlaki, grain salad and pasteli.
Despite the 25 minute drive home, the souvlaki held up relatively well. There was the comforting, char-grilled aroma of flame licked ingredients paired with flavoursome and juicy chicken, fresh tzatziki and fat potato chips. I was particularly impressed with the grain salad (which included pomegranate, almonds, lentils, parsley and linseed), which was full of a wonderful variety of textures and had a nice balance of fresh, sweet and savoury flavours. The pasteli, or sesame honey candy, was almost all toasted sesame seed with some chopped pistachio, slivers of almond and what seem to be a random chocolate chip, all soaked in honey and pressed into a slice.
I thought the meal was incredibly good value for $12. I would gladly return and will be keeping an eye on their Facebook page for the weekly menu!
434 Lygon St
Brunswick East, VIC, 3057
(03) 9381 1222