Today on The Dining Diaries,
Staff who anticipate our every thought.
Serves to make us shout “Opa!” and
Dessert good enough to leave room for.
Diners today we dined at Cafe Astros
I really didn’t know this place existed. Tucked away on Sussex St. in Hawthorn, I’ve probably even driven past this Greek restaurant many times and have never noticed it.
Hubby emailed me the menu during the day and all I’d been craving was a good Moussaka.I was so in!
It’s not a large place. The tiled pattern lino floor almost made me want to turn back but we didn’t and I’m glad because most of what we had here was exceptional.
A waiter guided us to the warmest seat in the place (It was bitterly cold tonight!!) and took our drink orders.
Not sure if he was an owner but he really seemed invested in wanting us to have a good time. I watched him with other diners throughout the night, always attentive, always a step ahead and wanting to please without being intrusive. It made you feel special and welcome.
Although the decor could use a lot of sprucing up, it was clean and comfortable.
It was cold, and we were very hungry so we ordered an entree to start off with.
Wagyu Beef Meatballs served with salsa & pita
We were so hungry that we had actually started eating before I took this photo.
The first thing I tried was the salsa and it was so divine. Sweet and flavoursome.
In fact I loved that even more than the meatballs themselves.
I could have had a plate of that with some crusty continental bread but I digress!
That plate did what an entree should do – make you excited for the food to come!
I ordered the Home Made Moussaka served with salad.
Again the first thing I noticed was how fresh everything looked! I’m not sure I’ve ever seen a more inviting salad!
The moussaka was not exactly what I was expecting. It was nice, but I think I would have prefered more bechemel and I couldn’t really taste a lot of eggplant even though I could see it was in there. It wasn’t unpleasant, I liked what I had, it just wasn’t how I imagined it would be. I would like to have been there with someone who regularly eats this dish to see what they would have thought.
On such a cold night though, it definitely did the job of warming my insides!
Hubby ordered the Mixed Souvlaki – choice of 2, either lamb, chicken or prawn, chargrilled and served with chips, salad, tzatziki & pita
He ordered one lamb and one chicken. Again, everything looked fabulously fresh on the plate. Even the chips had been fried in fresh oil.
He went straight for the lamb first and it was just so delicious. Miraculously he shared a bit with me so I can attest to that! Char-grilling gives such a wonderful flavour.
We were sitting in front of the fridges that staged the desserts so it was inevitable that we would have some. They just looked too good!
Blueberry cheesecake and baklava. Both large serves and very reasonably priced.
The cheesecake seemed wonderfully rich. I only had a little spoonful. Not sure I could have eaten the entire slice but hubby devoured it like he’d never seen food before.
Normally you think of a Baklava as being rich but this one wasn’t overly so. It was drenched in that honey water and tasted beautiful but it wasn’t sickening. There was a strong nut taste inside that stayed with me all the drive home.
I almost forgot to mention that they have $0 corkage on BYO bottles of wine on Tuesday and Wednesday all day. I can’t remember the last time I saw that!
I’m really glad we made it to Cafe Astros and I hope this review encourages some of you to visit it also.
Have you been to Cafe Astros?
What did you think?
Let me know int he comments below.
Till next we chow…