BRISBANE | Beginning life in the Gold Coast over a decade ago, and now one of the most popular and acclaimed restaurants in Brisbane, owner Simon Gloftis’ restaurant Hellenika needs little introduction.
Located poolside on the first floor of boutique hotel, The Calile, Hellenika is a beautiful, natural light-filled modern Greek restaurant has both style and substance. The menu draws upon Simon’s Greek heritage, with dishes that range from the tried and true favourites, to ones that put a contemporary flair on the classics. Ingredients are fresh, local, and of the highest quality.
The four main pillars of the restaurant are lemon juice, olive oil, oregano, and cooking over charcoal. It’s a solid base for head chef Brian Kelly and his team to create some delicious food. There’s saganaki of grilled kefalograviera and lemon, taramasalata with house made pita, and cheese and spinach spanakopita. All crowd favourites along with the veal dolmades, and signature zucchini chips with kefalograviera.
Being a Greek restaurant, Hellenika also a big seafood focus. Highly recommended are the kritharaki (orzo pasta) with saffron, metaxa, and seasonal fresh seafood; chargrilled octopus; and sea urchin with olive oil.
Hellenika is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It’s a popular spot, so bookings are recommended. However, you can usually grab a walk-in spot outside of peak lunch and dinner times.
The Callie Hotel
48 James Street
Mon – Sun: 7:30am to 10:00pm