Do you dare to enter the Gorgon’s lair? Well there’s something in Sydney CBD that will satisfy your warrior desires - Medusa Greek Taverna. It may not have ferocious monsters, but the ferocity is in the deliciousness of the food.
It was the afternoon, and I had had a long day. I was walking along Market Street needing a decent meal, but something caught my eye - the beautiful stone steps leading upward to a palace fit for the gods, with modern glass doors and furniture and a sort of seaside Greek appeal. I thought to myself: “This is the place where I want to eat.” And I wasn’t wrong.
I entered the restaurant. It appeared to be completely empty but I didn’t consider it surprising (it was only 5:45 pm.) Then as I looked around for a cashier, a round-faced friendly man in a chef outfit suddenly appeared. I got a table (instantly) then I sat down and observed the view.
It was facing Darling Harbour and I could see the beautiful horizon beyond (the perfect time, just before sunset!) and I was entranced by the delicate atmosphere which the restaurant brought. Then, all of a sudden, a lively Greek dance song started playing in the restaurant and the nearby TV started a slide-show of Greek harbours and I felt like I was transported to Greece in an instant. Little did I know that I was truly within the Greece that was in Sydney, and that was the Medusa Greek Taverna.
I ordered a Lamb Souvlaki (Lamb kebab with lemon slices, parsley + tomato + cucumber + onion salad, with a side of chips with pita and tzatziki dip - $35), and even before it arrived I was constantly presented with water refills, offers for drinks and a filling entree (which was a platter of Greek street nibbles). Then slowly, the people started pouring in.
The lamb souvlaki arrived (it wasn’t slow) and the size and magnitude of the meal shocked me. I glanced briefly at the kebab and at the steak knife, and wondered how I would manage to remove the meat from the skewer with such a full plate. Well, as it turned out, I didn’t have to. I poked the meat with my fork and found that the skewer had already been removed! Slightly smiling, I began my delicious meal.
It didn’t take long for me to get full (an unusual occurrence.) I sipped some water (constantly refilled) and thought back to the days of the Greeks. What splendour would a restaurant like this have in those days? Definitely the blessing of Zeus. And speaking of blessings? The dessert menu arrived, and although I was stuffed to the brim, I couldn’t resist a peek at the menu.
I chose the spirit of the Gorgon - the “Medusa” dessert (macerated strawberry and pomegranate juice + ice cream + rose water fairy floss - $15) and found myself impressed. When it arrived, I let out an audible exclamation of surprise (several diners looked at me, amused!) It was definitely one of the highlights of the meal - from the texture of the ice cream down to the tangy strawberry’s perfect flavour, if you’re looking for the perfect way to top off a meal then you need to search no longer. The table adjacent to me heard my expression of surprise, and I eagerly recommended them the dessert. When I saw the looks of satisfaction on their faces after tasting their first scoop, I knew that the gods were truly in this restaurant and there was magic in the food.
(How else could I instantaneously get a top-up of my drink the moment after I sip it? Only magic can accomplish that!)
And as I left the premises, the smiles on the faces of the diners were infectious and I found myself grinning widely as I descended the staircase of the restaurant.
A good restaurant is something you don’t see every day - unless you regularly walk past Medusa Greek Taverna.
I hope your experiences here will be as good as mine.
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