First stop on our culinary adventure – STALACTITES. Stalactites is a 24 hour greek restaurant on the corner of Russell and Lonsdale Street with great food and vibes for a casual meal out with friends. One of the best greek places I’ve been to – not that I’ve been to many.. but by comparison to Zeus (Brisbane – South Bank), the souvlaki here is amazing and not too pricey.
I’ve been here twice and had the mixed giros souvlaki. (pic below) All the basic giros are $12.50 and cos I’m not a picky eater of meat.. (I basically eat all meat haha) I always pick the mixed, which is a combination of lamb and chicken. Greek classics! The balance between the tenderness of the meat, moistness of the sauce and crunchy freshness of the veggies (lettuce, tomato etc.) is perfect. The meat is always cooked SUPER tenderly in the pita and really brings a whole new definition to “melt-in-the-mouth”. I am also always super full after eating a whole one so it’s super worth for money as well! My friends have also ordered the mixed giro platter which is a great option for a group to share with some hands-on make your own giros action. The large platter ($26.50) is a solid feed for 4 people. My friend got the rump steak ($33.50) and said it was really good and filling, especially as it came with a huge serving of chips. (pics below)
Also went back at a later date for a late night (well 8pm snack) and ordered a side of fries in the small bowl, with tzatziki dip. Really helped us satisfy our salt cravings hehe and the tzatziki dip with the freshness of the cucumber balanced the hot, tasty chips very well. With a generous portion size, it was very filling for 2 people to share, and ultimately came to a total of $12.50 which is probably a bit overpriced but cravings > cost hahaha
The ambiance is nice, with options to sit upstairs if it’s busy and otherwise the window seats at the corner of Russell and Lonsdale really let you feel and engage with the city vibes. Service is also quite fast but be wary if you go at prime dinner time 6 – 7pm be prepared to wait outside. Finally, fitting in with its name, the ceiling on the top floor has “stalactites” hanging down from the top which is a pretty unique addition.
(Apologies for the lack of and bad quality of food photos hahaha. I will make more effort to take better food photos – get that ANGLE and LIGHTING! as well as more interior decor ones in future) You will definitely see me making my way to Stalactites again 🙂
Overall rating: 8.5/10