We went for dinner the night before Anzac Day and we knew we were on a winner when there was a small queue to get in. The queue didn't take too long to clear because the place ran like clockwork.
We ordered a combination of dips, pita, kasiki (goat) and kouneli (rabbit). It was all warm and flavorsome food, just like you'd get it in a restaurant in Greece. The servings were quite good (not overly generous - Greek sizes but they were sensible). We looked around at what others had and everyone seemed to have the same experience we did. The drink menu also included wines and spirits from Greece as well, which were also reasonably priced.
It was a busy night but the service didn't suffer for it. Our order was taken when it should and our food arrived when it should. Running like clockwork was a double-edged sword. While it worked well, it felt a bit impersonal. Also, there weren't any wait staff that were Greek. I'm a person that if I go to a Greek restaurant, I like to get a cultural understanding of the food from a Greek. If it was a Chinese food, then a Chinese person and so on.....I think you get my drift.
These are very little things that are certainly not deal-breakers but just observations.
On a more positive note, this is a 24-hour restaurant so you can rock up for a food meal at any time you like (I wish we had those at time!!)
The price of the food wasn't too bad. The average main was between $20-$25 but given that Greek food is labour intensive and this is in the CBD, didn't mind it.
Overall, I enjoyed my experience at Stalactites and I think it certainly sets a benchmark for how restaurants should be run (albeit a little more personal).
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