Saying that there are a few great little places opening up and hopefully they will be successful. So, when I saw that a new place was opening I was intrigued. Next door to the Greek Taxidi Restaurant, Gyradiko opened it's doors a few weeks ago. Since the opening night there has been a continual line out the door and around the corner every night until late. Everytime I've driven past it's pumping.
So, what is all the hype about?
Well Friday night I decided to go check it out for myself. I 'dragged' Mr C along too. Date night, new restaurant, food review and blog post - all thrown in together.
We are lucky that we get there relatively early and only have to wait about 10 minutes. Families are crowding in and the few tables that the restaurant offers are packed. Many people are getting takeaway this Friday night including us.
Huge slabs of pork are on the spit roasting slowly and the smell wafting through the restaurant is smokey and meaty and I'm drooling. There are only a few offerings at the moment. Pita or a Plate option and there is a combo option which includes a drink. They will be adding further Greek options at a later date.
There is a great production line happening. These guys are run off their feet.
Pita is swiped with a lashing of tzatizki and laden with chips, tomato and onions followed by freshly sliced pork and in this case tonight chicken souvalaki
....this is then tightly rolled and wrapped in paper and then you pay and out the door within minutes. As we are leaving the line has snaked outside and around the corner (at least a 30 minute wait from this point).
lines out the door
We get home and unwrap these babies. As I sink my teeth into the pork gyros I am instantly transported back to my 5 weeks of travelling around the Greek Isles..where I ate a gyros every day. Brings back some wonderful memories of Mykanos, the Mediterranean and some amazing Greek food! The pork is just the right amount of 'fatty' and smokey and very tasty and the tzatiki adds a zingy punch. I'm a fan of the pork gyro. The chicken souvalaki gyro was okay.. I will try this again and give it another chance...but I know I'll be going for the pork gyros again.
I can understand why they are so busy, being new and one of the very few places (maybe the only one) offering traditional gryos in Sydney. They are definitely making a name for themselves and rightly so.
all I can say is get yourself down to Gryadiko and test it for yourself. Just be patient with the lines. it won't disapoint.
I know I will be back very soon.