After all the excitement of the swimming carnival we felt it was only appropriate to take the little guy out for dinner to celebrate. Another motivating factor was that when I unpacked his swimming bag I found his entire lunch and all snacks completely intact. He’d swum eight swimming races on nothing but a fried egg on toast for breakfast. I do try.
And now he was cranky and being difficult because he hadn’t eaten. I told him I wanted to eat Greek food and that there was a lovely local Greek restaurant close by that I had never been to and I wanted to fix that.
The swimming champ was being outright difficult and said he hated Greek food (he’d never tried it) and that there wouldn’t be anything on the menu he would like.
We dragged him up to Grecian Blue kicking and screaming.
Grecian Blue is in a quiet stretch of Military Road and the restaurant has bi-fold glass doors that open onto the pavement where there are tables set for outdoor dining. As the sun still had a lot of heat, we opted to dine indoors.
Chef and owner, Dimitri Tsolis has been in Mosman for 10 years and the restaurant is well positioned between other casual eateries that also spill out onto the pavement like the Italian restaurant next door and the Thai restaurant just a few doors down.
Grecian Blue is licensed but you can also BYO wine. Alfie asked for a mocktail and was not impressed when he was told they don’t serve mocktails. We were not off to a great start. It was a very hot evening so Drew started with a cold and refreshing Greek beer.
I ordered some entrees to share. The first to arrive was the dolmades. There were five on the plate but the little guy quickly grabbed one saying there was actually one Greek dish he liked. He liked these so much he had three.
Next we had the grilled haloumi with olive oil and a fresh squeeze of lemon juice. This was a beautiful soft haloumi that wasn’t as squeaky as the haloumi I buy. Alfie loved the haloumi and asked if he could order another plate that he didn’t have to share. Another dish of haloumi arrived and the little guy managed to eat all of it except for the last small piece because he said too much haloumi was a bit too salty.
The homemade spanakopita arrived next and while I found these a little lacking in flavour, Alfie loved them and after eating two, asked if he could order another dish just for himself. As the five entrees started entering his system his mood changed and he became less irritable and started to enjoy the Greek experience. He said the cheese triangles were his favourite dish of the evening.
We did have quite a long wait for our mains to arrive but while Drew and I sipped our BYO wine, the little guy was out on the street and doing his favourite thing, climbing.
For a main, Drew ordered the Grilled Atlantic Salmon crusted with black pepper, fennel, tarragon and paprika with medallions of sweet potato and fresh herb aioli. It was a very generous portion of fish that fell apart with a nudge of the knife and was beautifully complemented with the vibrantly green aioli.
I ordered the Traditional Oven Baked Lamb slow roasted, oven baked lamb with lemon, oregano and garlic served in yuvetsi style rissoni. This was the shoulder of lamb and while I thought the dish could have done with a little more colour, I couldn’t fault the very tender and soft lamb.
Alfie ordered one of the specials which was Spaghetti with loukayika, baby spinach, fresh chilli and tomato. While Alfie loved the slices of Greek sausage, he found the pasta had more chilli in it than he anticipated and couldn’t finish it due to the heat. But that was fine because then Archie arrived and he finished off the pasta with no complaints.
No one felt like dessert except Alfie who ordered the ice cream baklava. After a few spoonfuls of this refreshing dessert with great honey flavours, Alfie said, ‘I really love Greek food; can we come here again?’
And he thought his favourite cuisine was Mexican!
Grecian Blue is a charming suburban restaurant offering a bona fide Greek dining experience. Prices are a little high for us to be there every night of the week but as we were there to celebrate Alfie’s swimming efforts, it was an appropriate place to be for a celebration. The atmosphere is casual, the Greek music heightens the Mediterranean experience and the food is homely and authentic.
Verdict: Even the kids will love it.
Grecian Blue: 936 Military Road, Mosman NSW 2088
Ph: 02 9960 2144