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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 26 September 2015
NEWS 6 THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 26 SEPTEMBER 2015 DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM Melbourne’s best Greek eats Roslyn Grundy and Gemima Cody present The Age Good Food Guide 2016 VICTORIA KYRIAKOPOULOS Nine Greek restaurants have made the cut in The Age Good Food Guide 2016, Victoria's premier dining guide. The Annual Good Food Guide Awards were announced at a glamorous black-tie gathering of Melbourne's leading chefs, restaurateurs and industry figures at the Plaza Ballroom on Monday night. As Melbourne's increasingly sophisticated and competitive restaurant scene continues to raise the bar, this year saw newcomers scooping the awards and many top restaurants and industry stalwarts slip in the rankings. Greek entries were domi- made an impressive debut with 14/20 in its first year. It's no surprise nated once again by George Calombaris and the Made Establishment restaurant stable, whose flagship restaurant, The Press Club, was the top-scoring Greek (or Greekinfluenced) restaurant. The celebrity chef's Flinders St fine diner won a coveted second hat after receiving a score of 16.5/20 (up from 15.5/20 last year), cementing its place as one of the city's top gastronomic experiences. Its humbler, noisier nextdoor neighbour, Gazi, slipped to 13.5/20, while Hellenic Republic in Brunswick and Kew both scored 14/20. The new Greek player in this year's guide was Elyros, Camberwell's upscale Cretanthemed restaurant, which given the pedigree of the team behind Elyros, where Angie Giannakodakis has joined forces with Guy Holder, her partner at Carlton's one-hat Epocha and former Epocha manager Disa Dimitrakakis. r - - psa Piraeus Blues in Fitzroy and Philhellene in Moonee Ponds continue to fly the flag f inner-city Greek eateries, while the veteran Tahlimanidis brothers Kosta and Chris maintain a in il ee ue fo ek the an osta i tight hold on their hats for popular coastal restaurants A La Greque (Aireys Inlet) and Chris's Beacon Point (Apollo 1821 restaurant to open in Sydney Jim Kospetas promises new year treat ZOE THOMAÚDOU Avid east coast foodies have something to look forward to, with a new restaurant coming to Sydney's CBD. The latest brainchild of Jim Kospetas, 1821 will take the place of his former Vault Hotel in Martin Place. Mr Kospetas has confirmed the opening will take place early next year after delays were experienced due to heritage issues, with the building dating back in the 1800s. "We had applications approved by the NSW Office of Environment and Heritage quite a while ago, but then as we kept working we decided to do some more changes internally. "When it comes to buildings of National Trust, for every little change you make you have to get approvals. We were caught up in all the paper pushing, but there is no one to blame. It's just the way it is here in Australia," explains Kospetas. Jim Kospetas, owner of 1821. The restaurateur hopes the launch will coincide with the Greek national holiday of 25 March, from which the restaurant took its name. "I consider 1821 to be the most significant date of Greek heritage as it was the first year of the Greek War of Independence after 400 years of occupation. I thought it was very fitting to do something to commemorate that year," he tells Neos Kosmos. The menu, designed by re- nowned chef David Tsirekas, is expected to be a fusion of classic products in their purest form and modern Greek cuisine. Tsirekas was behind the kitchen doors of popular restaurants Perama and Xanthi. "We want to keep it simple and make it amazing, by taking the simplest form of peasant food from the Greek horia and kind of refining it to the level of dining," says Kospetas, adding that Tsirekas has just come back from a six-week journey in Greece, where he visited remote areas and small villages, gathering ideas and observing the trends. Aside from the main dining room, 1821 features a private dining area located on the mezzanine floor and a high-end vodka bar in the basement. Kospetas gives us an idea of what the decoration will be like, revealing he is in the final stages of an agreement with interior designer Dimitri Oikonomou. Oikonomou owns an Athensbased firm and is known for executing projects in clubs and restaurants in Mykonos, Santorini and Crete. "The final feel is going to be neoclassical. I wanted to take 1821 a bit further and I had heard about Oikonomou, so I decided to go to Greece to meet him. "I'm just trying to cover the whole spectrum of what Greeks can do, after all, it's better to put some good news out." B) Bay). "Greek restaurants seemed to go through a slump for a few years, but the signs are looking much more positive now, with places like Elyros focusing on a specific Greek cuisine and restaurants paying more attention to the quality of the ingredients," says Good Food Guide editor Roslyn Grundy. This year's biggest winner was Richmond Japanese Minamishima, which in its first year picked up two hats and won Restaurant of the Year and the Service Excellence Award. Best New n r G r t Restaurant went to another newcomer, city pasta bar Tipo 00, co-owned by ex-Vue de Monde chef Andreas Papadakis. The Age Good Food Guide 2016 will be available for $10 with The Saturday Age on Saturday 26 September from participating newsagents and supermarkets while stocks last or at selected bookshops and online at theageshop.com.au/agegfg2016 for $24.99. #goodfoodguide Kringoudis hosts Melbourne’s Active Nation Day Team requests a national day of active living on the Australian calendar to fight obesity Active Nation Day is a movement created in 2012 by Lorna Jane to inspire women, their families, communities, cities and the world to live a more active life. "Worldwide obesity has more than doubled since 1980, with 39 per cent of the adult population now overweight and 1.9 billion of the world's population not getting sufficient exercise. It's time to make a change and the change starts with you!" On 27 September, Nat Kringoudis will be hosting the event in Melbourne's Federation Square, along with the Sweat & Oranges training group from 7.00 am until noon. Kringoudis is a doctor in Chinese medicine, acupuncturist, author, speaker and all-round natural fertility expert and owner of The Pagoda Tree - Melbourne's Home of Women's Health. This year Lorna will be personally presenting the contribution to the Australian prime Doctor Nat Kringoudis with her family. PHOTO: WWW.NATKRINGOUDIS.COM The Age Good Food Guide Top Greek Restaurants 2016 T • The Press Club 16.5/20 • A La Grecque 15/20 • Chris's Beacon Point 15/20 • • Elyros 14/20 • Gazi 13.5/20 • Hellenic Republic (Kew and Brunswick East) 14/20 • • Piraeus Blues 13/20 • • Philhellene 12.5/20 Lorna Jane Clarkson spills her wellness secrets on www.eatwell.co minister to get a National Day of Active Living on the Australian calendar and then the world. "We think there should be a day dedicated to active living," Lorna says. "A day where people are asked to consider putting their health and fitness first - resetting their commitment and inspiring others to do the same." There will also be a gathering in Brisbane by Haley Picoto at Gasworks Plaza (76 Skyring Terrace, Newstead) and Lorna Jane will be hosting the Sydney event at the Dockside Pavilion, in the Convention Wharf Darling Harbour.
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