Kri Kri – is it Greek for "more, more"?

Since moving to Melbourne, I’ve become a real convert to Greek food, and eating at Kri Kri just solidifies that process. It may not the BEST Greek food in the world, but overall it was excellent.

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Kri Kri is, somewhat bizarrely, situated in Chinatown, but hey, we’re a cosmopolitan place here in Melbourne, right?

We went there with a voucher and appeared to be treated exactly the same as everyone else in the place – hosts were great, waitress likewise. Atmosphere in there was upbeat and fun (only one overtly Christmas party that I could see (right next to us) so that’s probably not a factor). Having the front windows open onto the street was good as well. (See top image.)

Our voucher gave us a 14-course dinner, which sounds like WAY too much food. And it surely is…

Starters – a trio of dips, being taramasalata, babaganoush and tsatsiki. All nice, but the tsatsiki was the best we’ve had, really creamy and zesty. Homemade bread was dense but also very nice.

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Note to self: don’t eat too much bread here at the start, no matter how nice it is. Bad move.

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Piperies Xithantes (Marinated roasted peppers) – I’ve seen some complaints that they weren’t smothered in garlic or the like. Loved them as is, capsicum is great.

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Saganaki (Grilled Kefalograviera cheese with lemon) – salty fried cheese. But nice, and not too salty.

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Octopothi (Chargrilled octopus) – a really thick but still tender tentacle. Very cool looking and tasting.

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Loukanika (Grilled spicy pork and orange sausage) – nice sausage. Kinda Chorizo-like without being exactly like it.

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Giganthes (Lima beans braised with tomato and onion) – I don’t really like beans of any description (although I eat them, I know they’re good for me, etc.) while Cha likes them, but neither of us was particularly taken by this dish. Next time, we’ll tell them to skip it.

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Calamari Lemonato (Deep fried lemon marinated calamari) – really nice calamari, solid while still tender with a good flavour. I still prefer salt-and-pepper calamari if I’m having calamari, though I wouldn’t expect to get that at a Greek restaurant :-)

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Patates Sto Fourno (Oven baked potatoes with lemon and oregano) – really nice potatoes. I need to find out what type of potatoes they used.

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Kotopoulo Scaras (Chargrilled chicken skewers) – Nice enough, but a little dry and flavourless. Not BAD, but not a favourite.

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Keftethes (Chargrilled meatballs) – nice enough, but again, somewhat dry. Probably needed some tomato sauce :-)

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Elleniki Salata (Greek salad) – we were getting way too full by this stage, but the capsicum was nice and fresh, and the fetta good too.

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Baklava – good thing they were small! Great flavour.

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TLDR: Excellent meal, excellent venue, excellent value. already looking forward to going back.

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