Gazi was recommended by a friend and after checking them out on Zomato, I was sold by the great reviews. Although it’s not fine dining, I felt a bit underdressed as a tourist since everyone else looked like they had just got off work so they were in their business casual attire. The ambiance was still pretty casual though.
Gazi is one of the restaurants opened by MasterChef Australia judge, George Calombaris. They are located close to Federation Square and in the free tram zone. The free tram zone is a great way to get around the CBD and perfect for tourists! The city circle tram stops at most of the major city attractions and even provides a brief history of each stop along the way.The ceiling of the venue was decorated with upside down plant pots which was a creative use for them.
Above we have the Duck Souvlakakia with mustard mayo, chips, parsley, poached peach and onion. Their menu seems to change often as this dish is no longer on their website. Presented in a paper cone, the portion appeared a bit larger than it was. The duck was actually fried and I felt like the breading was similar to Taiwanese chicken nuggets? There was definitely an Asian spin on it but the flavours worked really well together and the pita was very soft. The poached peach was a nice addition to give it some freshness. Also be careful when you pick it up as hot juices/sauce can drip out of the other end of the cone! We learned this the hard way…
When I was reading the reviews, it seemed like everyone was ordering the Patates me Feta, aka fries with feta! The fries were perfectly cooked and dressed with oregano, garlic oil and plenty of feta. I’ve always know fries and cheese were a great combination but I’ve never tried fries with feta before and it was so good! The fries were so crispy and this was a huge portion of fries. If you need something to fill you up, this is the way to go. The feta gave the fries some extra savouriness and saltiness and I couldn’t stop eating them.
Lastly we had the Hirino which was pork belly, Byzantine dressing, apple & parsnip skordalia. I’ve been on a roll with pork belly cravings lately and this hit the spot. The crackling was super crisp and each bite of pork was tender and just fatty enough. I loved how they included some sweet grapes and other fruity bits I can’t remember/describe on top. I eat grapes a lot and don’t see them included in dishes often.
Service was quite attentive as our water glasses were constantly being filled and dishes were removed promptly (almost a little too promptly). I had a very satisfying meal here and I would love to go back.