Tuesday, July 10, 2012


551-553 Mt Alexander Rd
Moonee Ponds3039

I had been looking forward to eating at Philhellene for a long time.  I had heard good reviews about this Greek restaurant and really expected to love it, but unfortunately I was disappointed.  It's not that the food was bad.  Overall the food was fine but I felt it was just lacking that little extra.  That little something that makes you want to return again and again. 

The restaurant itself is lovely - cosy and with a warm ambience.  I loved the lights over the bar.  We were seated near an open fire and on this cold winter night it was toasty.  The staff were lovely, very efficient and attentive despite being very busy.

For entree we shared a Meze platter.  The zucchini flowers were definitely the highlight.  The ricotta pastries were lovely but the small sausages and marinated calamari were not very appetising and I really didn't enjoy their flavours. The dips were fine. 

Meze Platter for two

The accompanying pita bread was very nice, warm and crispy.

For mains we shared Baked, Stuffed Calamari and Chicken Souvlaki. I liked the chicken more than the calamari but it was quite plain and uninteresting.  The couscous and potato were tasty.  The calamari was from the specials board and was a bit rubbery and the flavours just didn't seem to work. Normally I love rice dishes but I didn't enjoy the accompanying rice.  The salad was fine.

We finished with coffee and Loukoumades.  A very generous serve, they were ok, nice and hot and sticky with honey, walnuts and cinnamon but a little bit doughy.  

Having read a few of the reviews on Urbanspoon it is obvious that Philhellene is a very popular restaurant.  If I do return I will definitely try the Moussaka which seems to be quite popular.

Philhellene on Urbanspoon


  1. Yellow Gum10 July, 2012

    Piecey Num Nums,
    Sorry to hear you were disappointed. I'm not a fan of share plates as I never know what to take and what to leave. lol.
    Next time definately try the moussaka. I enjoy this if the eggplant is prepared well (i.e. well salted and rinsed) to remove the bitterness and then well cooked in the final dish.
    Certainly worth another visit...

    1. Thanks Yellow Gum. I have now developed a craving for moussaka! Might need to have a look through my cookbooks for a suitable recipe!


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