Hollywood Palace – good but too expensive

I have a soft spot for the Hollywood Palace – it’s just up the road from church, and Cha and I used to go there religiously every Saturday night after the meeting for a souvlaki.

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But then they started cranking the price. it was $8.50 for a lamb souvlaki when we first went there (in late 2008, IIRC), but then they jacked it to $9.50, then $10. Now it’s $11 ($14 with “extra meat”, which was the same as we used to get as a normal serve). That’s a massive change in about three years.

The decor is nothing special, but it’s not bad. Was good to watch the footy on the big flat-screen in the corner (they had an old CRT a couple of years ago!) even though Richmond were being towelled up by the Magpies…

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We were there with a voucher to see how it was going these days, having not gone for a while. “Offer includes 2 x Souvlaki (with extra meat), 1 x large chips, 2 x cans of drink“.

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We had no issues with the fulfilment of the voucher, but the “extra meat” souvlaki was basically identical to the ones we used to buy for $8.50, where as now they’re $14. Simply not close to good value. Cheaper to go to Victoria St and get a real meal.

However, they are really good souvlakis. The lamb is awesome, the garlic sauce is excellent, and the bread is really nice.

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The chips were nicely done, but way over-salted, and putting them on a cold aluminium plate probably isn’t the best thing for keeping them warm.

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TLDR: Like the food, but the prices are out of control.

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