ENA GREEK STREET FOOD, WESTFIELD PLENTY VALLEY: A one hour ride on the South Morang line straight to the last stop gets you to this lively, bustling food hub in the busy Northern shopping centre of Plenty Valley. Launching their new food court, Westfield invited us to to ENA Greek Street Food, which also has a few chains in the Melbourne city surrounds, including Docklands and Collins St. It was a roomy, fresh interior with a Greek aesthetic of white and blue reminiscent of the blue topped roofs of Santorini, featuring a heavenly selection of souvlas, honeyed desserts and Greek wines.
- Haloumi (olive paste, toasted figs & honey) – $15.0
- Pan Fried Crispy Saganaki (Pomegranate & Pine Nut Salsa) – $15.0
- Salt and Pepper Calamari – $19.0
The good fat: Saganaki was just so delicious! It was such a strong, punchy cheesey flavour that was chewy and tough on the inside but slightly crispy on the outside. My favourite saganaki by far and a perfect, Greek way to start our dinner.
The halloumi went well with the sweet fig on the side, which gave it a juicy, sweet addition as the halloumi was quite spongy and light in comparison. It was definitely a nice way to contrast the potency of the saganaki and another delicious cheesey entree.
Salt and pepper calamari was by far the standout – expecting pan-fried calamari and not such large, grilled pieces, it was striking to see it plated like a salad on the plate. The pieces were juicy, moist and tender, a slight elasticity preserved on the inside with a delicious balance of peppery spices around the outside.
The bad fat: Only the halloumi was a little bland in flavour, that perhaps a saltier accompanying side sauce would be enough to remedy that.
Mixed Gyros Platter – $25.0
The good fat: The meat had been pulled straight from the spitfire roast that is in everyone’s eyeline as you walk through the doors, so clearly, it was tender, warm and flavoursome – just the way that Greek meat should be! The potato chips were delicious with the tzaziki and the option of Greek salad on the side was a great juicy complement as you rolled up your own pita bread.
The bad fat: The pita bread was a little dry and not very flaky or spongy when it really could’ve elevated the platter. Tzatziki being the only predominant sauce meant that the platter lacked a bit of hearty saltiness at times.
Galaktoboureko, Baklava, Kataifi – $18.0
The good fat: AH DESSERT! Always my favourite thing at the end of a meal. Spoilt for choice with this trio of classic Greek options – the Baklava was the standout. Sweet, sticky and nutty all in the one go – an excellent and striking finish. The Galaktoboureko, the equivalent of Greek vanilla slice, is a semolina paste custard in filo pastry, and became the creamy, light break in between the honeyed sweetness of the baklava. Did not expect the delicious, mellowed creaminess semolina is able to conjure! Another special mention to the delicate, hair-like pastry surrounding the Kataifi, which consisted of a ground walnut filling with clove and cinnamon.
The bad fat: It’s unsurprising to mention how astonishingly sweet the baklava was – and any way to slightly cut back on that would be perfect, whilst trying to preserve this Greek tradition. The clove and other spices within the Kataifi filling were a bit strong and gave it a fruity type scent that didn’t really fit in with the nature of the pastry.
SHOULD YOU GET FAT HERE?
YES – A hearty, delicious Greek chain restaurant that’s recently been popping up everywhere in Melbourne, perfect to satisfy your Mediterranean cravings.
CHECK OUT ENA GREEK STREET FOOD HERE: http://www.enagreekstreetfood.com.au/
2wofatgirls would like to thank Ena Greek Street Food for the invitation to dine – these opinions are strictly unbiased and were influenced in no way by the collaboration
*Disclaimer: ENA Greek Street Food does not yet have its Westfield Plenty Valley location so this Zomato links to the Southbank branch