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May 10, 2014 Food & Beverage 1 Comment Email Email

Smell that? That’s the flavours of Paniyiri, wafting through the streets of Brisbane, meandering the laneways and hovering over the river; a mix of fried haloumi, sweet honey puffs, spit roast lamb, sugary baklava and mouth-watering souvlaki.

While Paniyiri Greek Festival is not until May 24 and 25, Brisbane’s restaurants have turned up the spit roast and are celebrating  for the full month of May with tribute dishes and lots of Greek treats (images available on request); so before you dance, sing, eat, drink and laugh at Paniyiri, Brisbane’s most famous festival, prepare at one of these restaurants…… 

Watt Restaurant and Bar

Paniyiri Special – Kleftico lamb shoulder, confit garlic oregano mash & grilled whole shallots paired with a glass of house red wine $35.

Watt is at Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, 119 Lamington St, New Farm (07) 3358 5464

Pony Dining

Paniyiri Special – Pit fired lamb burger, roasted peppers, dried tomato, olive aioli, pickled cucumber, served on a Pony Bun, with french fries $22.50

Pony Dining Brisbane, Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City (07) 3181 3400.

Go Greek Kafe

Paniyiri Special – Traditional Souvlaki of real meat char-grilled, wrapped in Greek pita with tomato, onion, parsley, potato chips and tzatziki – $8 chicken pita wrap, $10 lamb pita wrap, $16 chicken souvlaki w/ Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plated; $18 lamb souvlaki w/ Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plated

Go Greek Kafe is at 330 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley (07) 3257 0175

The Greek container Five Sisters at Eat Street Markets

Paniyiri Special – a selection of Greek treats and specialities –

  • Barbecued octopus, marinated in their special Five Sisters marinate of Greek herbs, lemon and olive oil, and served with tzatziki, $12 a serve;
  • Yiros $12 – Greek pita bread with tzatziki and tabouli with either homemade haloumi, octopus, chicken or lamb
  • Haloumi grilled with lemon and served with tzatziki, garlic and cucumber, $5.00 for two pieces
  • Honey puffs  – traditional, homemade dough with their special vanilla and clove syrup $6 small or $10 large plate
  • Baklava – homemade with almonds and spices and their special vanilla and clove syrup $4.00 for one piece or $7 for two pieces

Five Sisters is a Eat Street Markets every Friday and Saturday evening (4pm-10pm) at Hamilton Wharf on the North shore of Brisbane (07) 3846 5904

Greek on Cav

Paniyiri Special – The Paniyiri Platter of Dip & Warm Pita Bread, Haloumi Cheese, Dolmades, Crumbed Stuffed Mushrooms, Garlic Prawn Skewers, Kalamarakia, Pork Souvlakia Skewers, Keftethes, Greek Salad, Lemon potatoes, Honey Puffs + Ouzo Ice Cream, $55 (serves 2)

Greek on Cav is at Shop 4/ 377 Cavendish Road Coorparoo (07) 3397 2613


Taverna Elia

Paniyiri Special – ‘Ouzo Prawn for Paniyiri’ starring local Ocean King prawns flambé in ouzo then tossed in a creamy sauce with fresh dill and garlic $19.90.

Taverna Elia, 296 Montague Rd, West End (07) 3844 8222

The Coffee Club

The Coffee Club goes Greek – add haloumi to any meal for $3, limited time only

The Coffee Club (07) 3010 3000

Chez Nous Corporate

Paniyiri Special – The Paniyiri Greek Mezze Lunch of toasted pita bread and tzatziki dip, petite lamb skewers (2 per person), petite chicken skewers marinated in lemon and oregano (2 per person), spanakopita spinach and cheese pie (1 per person), traditional Greek salad, Zorba the Greek sweet treats platter – baklava, kourambiethes and Turkish delight – $25 per person plus GST

Chez Nous Corporate is based in South Brisbane for catering (07) 3844 8588


Based at the Greek Club and Musgrave Park in West End and South Bank, 2014 marks a huge for Paniyiri – 38 years of honey puff eating, Zorba dancing, plate smashing, bouzouki playing, and Greek cooking – It’s Queensland’s signature celebration of all things Greek and the state’s largest cultural festival.

Two of Channel Seven’s hottest stars from Home & Away in Jackson Gallagher who plays bad-boy Josh Barrett and Tai Harawho plays his equally as brood-worthy brother Andy, will star at Paniyiri all weekend, joined by Greek twins Helena and Vikkifrom My Kitchen RulesIn Musgrave Park more than 30 food stalls will showcase the tastes and recipes from all corners of Greece, while on the main stage, the Zorba, Sirto, Kalamatiano and Sousta will be performed to music played on traditional Greek instruments including the bouzouki, tarabuka, lira and laouto. 

The famous Cooking Program features some of the Greek community’s most famous and loved cooks. This year one of Brisbane’s food doyennes in Marcia Georges joins the lineup. Marcia is author of the recently released book, Greek by Heritage Italian by Heart and is co-owner of one of Brisbane’s most famous restaurants in Il Centro Riverside. Also starring are Helena and Vikki Moursellas from Melbourne, along with Toula Manias from Taverna Elias in West End, Savva Argyriou (a fashion designer and cook!), Anthony Gallis from Oz Grown Fruit & Veg and a standout lineup of Greek YiaYias (that’s Greek Grandmothers to you) who may or may not reveal generations-kept cooking secrets on stage!

This year will also see the inaugural Best Greek Coffee Barista Competition.  Lovers of Greek coffee who know the difference between a sketo, a metrio and a glyko are invited to take part in the search for the maker of the best Greek coffee in Brisbane!

Currently there is "1 comment" on this Article:

  1. Chinese Restaurant Brisbane says:

    Nice atmosphere, friendly staff. Must try Paniyiri Special with Tzatziki! Great combo!

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