Kenmore’s thriving hospitality scene is thanks almost entirely to Renata Roberts and her eateries, which have single-handedly turned Wongabel Street into a foodie hub. Sitting a few doors down from Renata’s Sichuan Bang Bang and Pizzeria Violetta is Stavros the Greek, Renata’s latest gastronomic outlet. Occupying two adjoining corner tenancies, Renata has drawn upon her fondness for traditional Greek cuisine to create the eatery and bar, which boasts a considered aesthetic approach offering interplay between styles and masculine and feminine identities. Taking advantage of the space’s high ceilings, Renata and designer Tara Dennis overhauled the space to be reminiscent of the pristine white and blue colour scheme of Santorini, while cleverly evoking the sunset with its bar portion – the apricot-hued and appropriately titled Sunset.
Open for dinner seven days a week, Stavros the Greek offers a multi-faceted approach to hospitality. Patrons can swing by for a takeaway bite, enjoy a drink in Sunset while nibbling on bar snacks or take in a feast of delights in the dine-in portion. Renata and her kitchen team have chosen to keep things simple and not overcomplicate the dishes, choosing rather to let the ingredients speak for themselves. The freshest produce is sourced for the menu, including the likes of haloumi from the Barossa Valley, sardines and whitebait from Western Australia and Mooloolaba king prawns. Dishes are predominantly cooked on the flat grill and barbecue, where meats and breads are charred to perfection and paired with lemon and herbs. Kick off your feast with house dips like taramasalata and almond skordalia with charred pita bread, before moving on to some souvlaki skewers or a yiros filled with pork belly, lamb or chicken. If that’s not enough, the charcoal grill cooks up the likes of octopus, flank steak and slow-cooked lamb shoulder, and the meze plates are great for sharing, with fried calamari, white anchovies, lamb soutzoukakia and crumbed whiting featuring.
Sunset has the goods when it comes to the drinks, offering up eight cocktail varieties, a selection of Greek wines and beers and Renata’s signature love potions. Drinkers can select from nine types of gin, six mixers and ten garnishes to create the perfect sip, which will have you falling head over heels in love with Stavros as well.
Stavros the Greek opens tonight at 5:00 pm. For more information, click on over to the Stumble Guide.