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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 17 December 2016
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 17 DECEMBER 2016 15 FOOD FOR THOUGHT for some 16 years, as the economic crisis well and truly set in, Deliopoulos and his wife decided it was time to make the move Down Under with their children, and were determined to make a real go of things. "He knew things would be good in Australia," she said, and it would seem he was on to something. Since day one the restaurant has been inundated with customers, filled day and night, and has even been featured in The Age's Good Food and on SBS's popular series Food Safari. "We were in shock," Gabriel recalls with a laugh. "When we opened and we saw people lining up, we were in shock, to tell you the truth. But we knew that no matter what, if it's cheap, very good quality, and if we have a beautiful setting, people will appreciate it." Whether you're new to Kalimera, or on a first-name basis with the staff, you can't go past their classic souvlaki gyro done the Greek way with pork and served with freshly cut tomato, home-made tzatiki, parsley, and chips wrapped in a soft yet crisp pita that is made from scratch by a local Greek bakery. Your mouth's watering, right? Well, if not it should be. There are also chicken gyros, pork and chicken skewers and tasty lamb kebabs, along with salads and my personal favourite, the Cretan dakos made with perfectly ripe tomatoes, barley rusks, feta cheese, capers, quality virgin olive oil and oregano that is imported straight from Greece. Now four years on, and having celebrated their anniversary in October, the ambitious couple are looking to expand their offerings with the Mykonos Tavern just down the road, and if Kalimera is anything to go by, patrons are in for a real treat. Together Deliopoulos and Gabriel have designed a space where friends and family can while away the hours listening to live music, over housemade mezedes and sharing plates perfectly paired with traditional spirits like tsipouro and rakomelo. Yet another reason to make the trip out to Oakleigh. Kalimera Souvlaki Art is located at 41 Chester St, Oakleigh, VIC. For more information, visit kalimerasouvlakiart. com.au, or like them on Facebook facebook. com/Kalimera-SouvlakiArt-400074763386641/, or call (03) 9939 3912.
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