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The Weekend Neos Kosmos : 03 February 2018
DIGITAL.NEOSKOSMOS.COM THE WEEKEND NEOS KOSMOS | SATURDAY 3 FEBRUARY 2018 15 FOOD FOR THOUGHT there will also be some classic vegetable dishes to look forward to, "sticking a bit more to the classic Hellenic diet". When he thinks of what he loves about Greek food – seasonal produce simply cooked and treated with respect – the chef can't help but think back to a memorable trip to Crete. "Crete, as far as food goes, stands out as one of my favourites," McAuley recalls. "We were there for Greek Easter one year and we went to an amazing market and saw where we're getting our olive oil from and I think that was a real eye-opener for me. That stood out, going to one of the local markets, a guy selling live rabbits, some of the most amazing artichokes and tomatoes I've ever seen. It was very inspirational. The ladies making fresh mizithra." The latest addition to the Hellenic restaurants is in Brighton, and the design is more reminiscent of their Brunswick location, with a warm and cosy feel, that is family-friendly. To showcase what they're all about, Hellenic Republic Brighton is taking part in the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival hosting Hellenic's Watermelon Festival. Designed to be a fun day out for the family, there will be food and beverage stations featuring both savoury and sweet options plus watermelon-themed activities for the kids. With two time slots available, the evening will transform into a block party with live music and DJs. A part of Made Establishment, while the group is steadily expanding with sights set on opening venues of its various brands across Australia and abroad, for now the focus is very much local, and McAuley is keeping things simple, and tasty as ever. "We'll just be homing in on the four restaurants, looking after the customers with good food – tasty, simple, fresh food – amazing service, and with some very tasty Greek wine." Hellenic Republic is located in Brighton, Kew and Brunswick, and Hellenic Hotel in Williamstown. For information on how to get there and to read more about the Hellenic back story, visit their recently updated website: hellenicrepublic.com.au/ Note: Hellenic Gift Cards (plastic/digital) are now available for purchase via the website. To find out more about Hellenic's Watermelon Festival and to book, visit melbournefoodandwine. com.au/program/hellenicswatermelon-festival-6979 Hellenic Republic in Brighton. Executive Chef Travis McAuley. PHOTOS: SUPPLIED Traditional favourites, cooked with a refined touch. Hellenic Republic in Brighton is hosting a fun day out for the family as part of the Melbourne Food & Wine Festival.
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