I had all these grand plans of visiting a cafe out in the inner west over the weekend. But the wait was far too long for my hangry self so we drove away with the intention of grabbing maccas on the way home when lo and behold Zeus Street Greek appeared like a glittering angel of hope!
It’s pretty casual at Zeus- order at the counter before taking your table number and grabbing a seat. They’re licensed, if you feel like a tipple or two, or help yourself to water from the station in the far corner.
Initially I wasn’t going to order the Haloumi ($11.50) as I felt the price was a bit steep but when it arrived I understood why, it’s such a large serving! The Cypriot cheese was lightly grilled so it had that trademark squeakiness and dusted with oregano and a squeeze of lemon juice.
Noods has issues with carb in carb action and didn’t want any of the gyros that came stuffed with chips inside so I made sure to order a side of Feta & Oregano Chips ($8.50) which were bloody amazing. Each chip was golden and delicious and while not exactly the perfect vehicle to transport the crumbly feta to my mouth, it was pretty damn tasty.
I knew The Zeus ($12.50) would be perfect for my slightly hungover body- the pita bread is thick and surprisingly soft and fluffy and held a generous amount of melt in the mouth slow-cooked lamb with Aegean slaw, smoked eggplant, onion and parsley. It had all the flavours (and more) of a kebab but without that greasiness and inevitable feeling of regret.
The Soft Shell Crab ($13.50) was pretty tops, the pita bread holds lightly fried soft shell crab with Aegean slaw, preserved lemon mayo, caramelized onion, sweet chilli and coriander. I would’ve loved more crab in there but hey that’s because I heart crab.
I couldn’t resist the Loukoumades ($8), fluffy Greek doughnuts that were smothered in a honey and cinnamon sauce with a sprinkle of walnuts. The cashier managed to upsell me Mastic Vanilla ice cream ($5) which was deliciously vanilla-y and cut through the richness of the dessert but I wished it came as a scoop on the donuts instead of digging it out of the single serve containers.
With locations in Cronulla, Dulwich Hill, Rosebery and Kotara, I know I’ll be back again to try the rest of gyros on the menu!
Zeus Street Greek
187-189 Lyons Rd,
Mon – Tues: 11:30am – 9:30pm
Weds to Sun: 11:30am to 10pm