a greek feast: lamb shoulder, fried carrot salad with pumpkin puree & fried haloumi with chilli apricots (inspired by hellenic republic – melbourne)

i had a fabulously long lunch at hellenic republic in brunswick, melbourne early jan 2017.

not only did i nearly make new best friends with the server, i experienced the most mouth watering lamb (arni sto fourno) i have ever had – melt in your mouth, cut with a spoon kind of tender.  i had the carrot salad, which is far too humble of a description for what blasted me with flavours of cumin, basil and honey.  and the saganaki – well there isnt much in the world thats better than a hot, textural, and salty cheese with figs.

my replication of the dishes took a few creative liberties based on what i had available – but i was super pleased… they were delicious… and they took me right back to my seat in that brunswick restaurant on a 35 deg day, where i downed delicious mythos lager and went on my first, and immensely memorable, greek food journey.

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