Garlicky skordalia and fresh seafood marinated in herbs. These are the best Greek restaurants in Brisbane.

Hellenika Greek Eatery

Hellenika takes the heart and soul of the taverna experience and adds a slick, contemporary edge. Everything moves at a frantic pace in the sprawling dining room as efficient staff dart around to get the food out fast, keeping pace with a lively Greek soundtrack. The first bite of crisp, flash-fried zucchini chips with a generous scattering of sheep’s cheese makes it clear why demand for tables is high. Octopus and baby calamari are tender and perfectly charred from the wood fire, unadorned but for a drizzle of lemon juice and olive oil and scattered herbs. It’s best to get a group together and share because no-one should have to decide between the aged loukanika (spicy sausage) and the classic baked lamb. The bougatsa – a golden, flaky pastry filled with creamy custard – is our pick of the desserts.

2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach

Little Greek Taverna 

This friendly, family-run eatery is hard to beat when it comes to home-style Greek fare. Select from a list of meze that includes housemade dips, classic fried zucchini with tzatziki and tiropita (crisp, golden pastries stuffed with a decadent mixture of warm fetta and ricotta). Check the specials board for moussaka or opt for the generous serve of souvlaki, which comes with a choice of salad or chips. In addition to the traditional gyros, there’s grilled seafood such as octopus, prawns, calamari and scallops. You can bring your own beer and wine and they’ll throw in the party atmosphere (come on a Friday night for live bouzouki music). This casual little taverna occupies the corner position at a busy intersection in eclectic West End. With tables spilling onto the footpath on two streets, it’s a great spot for people-watching.

Shop 5, 1 Browning Street, West End

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