Gazi – CBD

Gazi
Melbourne CBD
http://www.gazirestaurant.com.au/

Gazi has been on my list of places to eat forever for one reason and one reason only: the duck souvlaki.

I had a friend down from Sydney and I figured it was good chance to finally cross it off the list.

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Housed where The Press Club used to be, down on Flinders street and Exhibition the place has been stripped and given a rustic, yet refined look.

Flower pots hang from the ceiling at different lengths and different sizes creating a cool effect which left one of my friends mesmerized.

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I went into Gazi with the same intention as Jimmy Grants to order the entire menu, however it’s a lot bigger than the Jimmy Grants one so I had to settle for around 9 things.

We ordered the trio of dips, calamari, saganaki, a souvlaki each, and I also got the corn. Then for mains we ordered the baby snapper and a half serve of wood spit chicken with the chips, and the grain salad (mostly to compare to Jimmy Grants).

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All the dips were great, we had the (Sweet potato skordalia, pinenuts, orange, Taramosalata, prawn crackers and the tzatziki) served with their warm house made bread was divine; the taramosalata, the best, lusciously creamyand intense.

The fried Calamari came out as we were finishing the dips, then shortly after the saganaki did too.

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The calamari was light and fresh, cooked superbly with an interestingly spiced crumb which went well with the lightly flavoured Mary rose sauce it was served with.

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The saganaki was cooked well, nicely brown with a massive hit of honey giving great balance to the salty rich nature of the cheese.

The souvlakis came out next; I’ve wanted to try the duck since I can remember, and a friend who had been previously recommended me the crab one. Dear lord, they were amazing.

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The crab was crunchy, perfectly cooked and seasoned, the mayo and honey combined along with the herbs created a flavour sensation which was incredible.

The duck was also superb, the onion and pear gave it a nice crunch and texture creating a harmonious taste.

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The last two things to come out were the Fish and the chicken. Both were done over the wood fire, the fish grilled and the chicken spit roasted.

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Along with those we had a side order of chips as well as the grain salad.

The fish was flakey soft and melt in the mouth with a great char grill flavour coming through.
The chips were ok, I preferred the ones at Jimmy Grants, and the same can be said for the Grain salad. They just weren’t as good and weren’t as enjoyable.

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The chicken on the other hand was great; the edges were crispy and charred with the middle still being tender and moist. It was served on white beans and a tyrokafteri sauce, which was ok but didn’t really add too much to the dish. The meat had the real flavour.

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For around $60 you can eat like a king and still not finish everything unless you plan on rolling out of there. I’d recommend the crab and duck souvlaki on my life, I will be back time and time again for those.

 

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