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.
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.
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.
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!
galato bourako (custard pie)
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.
Diethnes Greek Restaurant
336 Pitt St Sydney