Othello Greek, Southbank – $$

ShoveItWhat a disappointing night out. I was really looking forward to trying some delicious Greek dishes, but it wasn’t to be.

We arrived around 6.30pm to an empty restaurant. The lights had been dimmed but the place felt cold and uninviting. It didn’t get much better because it didn’t fill up – strange for a Thursday night in early December. (2/5)

There were a few waiters standing around and they quickly showed us to our pre-booked table and offered us drinks. Service for the rest of the night wasn’t too bad. Drinks were brought out regularly and we didn’t have to wait too long for our food. (4/5)

Unfortunately the food was a let down. As we were a large-ish group (14 people), we ordered the banquet, hoping for a little taste of Greece. The first course was extremely disappointing. The pickled vegetables and antipasto looked like it had just been dropped on the plate and there were no Dolmades (which I had been looking forward to all day!) The Saganaki was a little bland too.

The 2nd course was seafood. Nobody at our end of the table (besides me) ate seafood, so I thought I’d scored the mother-lode. Again I was disappointed – the seafood was tasteless. I asked for some lemon and added salt, but to no avail!

The meat platter was almost as poor – the lamb and chicken skewers were dry and there was no Pastourma on the platter. The Loukanika sausage was nice and the Kleftiko saved the dish. The Greek salad was delicious!

The sweets were again to let us down – the Baklava was not sweet and dripping with honey. I did enjoy the Galatopoureko (Greek custard slice), but I was told by the Greeks at our table that it was not supposed to taste like that. (2/5)

At $49.00 per head, it wasn’t value for money! I was full after trying all the dishes, sure, but the food didn’t live up to expectations. (2.5/5)

Overall, it was a pretty average night out. Good service, good company, below average, expensive food. (53%)

Dishes I ate: I had the banquet meal which included Dips, Antipasto, Pickled Vegetables, Saganaki Cheese, Fresh Oven Bread, Battered Fish, Calamari & Char-grilled Prawns, Lamb and Chicken Skewers, Loukanika Sausages served with Greek Salad, Baklava, Galatopoureko & Coffee

Spend per person: $49 for the food plus $8.00 per beer

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