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Posted September 19, 2007 by Jennifer Lam (Jenius) in Occasion
 
 

Diethnes Greek Restaurant

One of the perks of being a food blogger is the exposure to hidden treasures. Thanks to one of my regular readers, I have recently discovered a fabulous Greek gem. The ironic thing is, it’s not so much hidden… as there’s a huge neon sign… and I only just work next door!
The Pitt Street entrance to Diethnes leads you down a staircase to a large underground room with plentiful ornaments (perhaps to distract you from the fact that there are no windows). We feel the Greek vibe immediately as we’re greeted by jolly waitstaff who leaves a huge basket of bread on the table. The chilled butter was not a good sign as I prefer it at room temperature. Thankfully, the crusty baguette was loaded with sesame and tasted of freshness.

warm crusty bread / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

The menu included several banquet options which all looked superb… but there was a minimum of four per order. So without a choice, we skimmed through the house specials and they were just as enticing. I ordered the beef bifteka which was served with a garden salad on the side (not sure why it wasn’t a greek salad! I would have loved some herbs, feta and olives…). The biftika was delicious. It was hot, hearty but not too meaty… and somehow light at the same time.

bifteki (beef patties) / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

beef bifteka

garden salad (side dish to bifteki / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

My two lunch buddies ordered the lamb dishes… both of which said the lamb was so tender it fell right off the bone. I’m not a fan of lamb… there’s something about the smell. But try it. I’ve been told it’s the one thing you must order at Diethnes.

lamb roast / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

Lamb roast

lamb casserole / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

Lamb casserole
Albeit full with our belly protruding, we couldn’t resist having dessert. The creme caramel was bouncy… jelly-like and gorgeously sweet. The custard pie reminded me of baklava although less syrupy and more caramely. The cream was divine also. It was so airy… & completely disappeared the second it touched my lips, but i’m sure the effects still went down to my waist!

creme caramel / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

creme caramel

Galato Bourako - custard pie with filo pastry / Diethnes Greek Restaurant

galato bourako (custard pie)

Diethnes Greek Restaurant

Diethnes definately gives you your money’s worth and they cater well for large groups! I’d love to try the Moussaka soon too… but this time, I was positively too full.
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Diethnes Greek Restaurant
336 Pitt St Sydney
Web: www.diethnes.com.au


Jennifer Lam (Jenius)

 
Jennifer is the founding blogger of I Ate My Way Through (originally, Jenius.com.au). Growing up in the multicultural melting pot of Sydney’s Inner West as a second generation Australian (of Vietnamese refugee parents of Teochew Chinese ancestry), Jen has always had a deep curiosity about global cuisines, culinary heritage and the cultural assimilation of immigrants. For Jen and her family, food is always at the centre of all celebrations, life events and milestones. A lover of the finer things in life, as well as cheap eats, her blogging ethos is all about empowering and inspiring people to expand their culinary repertoire. When not running her two companies (she is also the Managing Director of The Bamboo Garden online marketing agency), Jen can be found exploring old-world charms at vintage markets and delving into local eats around the world. She has a weakness for fried chicken.