In tribute of Queensland’s largest cultural festival, venues across Brisbane have created speciality dishes and menus to celebrate all-things-Greek…

Brisbane’s Paniyiri Greek Festival, taking place on May 24 and 25 throughout West End and South Bank, has inspired venues such as Pony Dining and the Eat Street Markets to serve up some authentic Mediterranean cuisine.

Although the festival is still a few weeks away, for the full month of May, enjoy some Greek treats and Paniyiri specials at the following venues:

Watt Restaurant and Bar

Kleftico lamb shoulder, confit garlic oregano mash & grilled whole shallots paired with a glass of house red wine. $35

Brisbane Powerhouse Centre for the Arts, 119 Lamington St, New Farm. (07) 3358 5464 

Pony Dining

Pit fired lamb burger, roasted peppers, dried tomato, olive aioli, pickled cucumber, served on a Pony Bun, with french fries. $22.50

Eagle Street Pier, Brisbane City. (07) 3181 3400

Go Greek Kafe

Traditional Souvlaki of real meat char-grilled, wrapped in Greek pita with tomato, onion, parsley, potato chips and tzatziki – $8 chicken pita wrap, $10 lamb pita wrap, $16 chicken souvlaki w/ Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plated; $18 lamb souvlaki w/ Greek salad, pita and tzatziki plated.

330 Brunswick Street, Fortitude Valley. (07) 3257 0175

The Greek container Five Sisters, at Eat Street Markets

  • Barbecued octopus, marinated in their special Five Sisters marinate of Greek herbs, lemon and olive oil, and served with tzatziki, $12 a serve.
  • Yiros $12 – Greek pita bread with tzatziki and tabouli with either homemade haloumi, octopus, chicken or lamb.
  • Haloumi grilled with lemon and served with tzatziki, garlic and cucumber, $5.00 for two pieces.
  • Honey puffs – traditional, homemade dough with their special vanilla and clove syrup $6 small or $10 large plate.
  • Baklava – homemade with almonds and spices and their special vanilla and clove syrup $4.00 for one piece or $7 for two pieces.

Eat Street Markets every Friday and Saturday evening (4pm-10pm) at Hamilton Wharf on the North shore of Brisbane. (07) 3846 5904

Greek on Cav

The Paniyiri Platter of Dip & Warm Pita Bread, Haloumi Cheese, Dolmades, Crumbed Stuffed Mushrooms, Garlic Prawn Skewers, Kalamarakia, Pork Souvlakia Skewers, Keftethes, Greek Salad, Lemon potatoes, Honey Puffs + Ouzo Ice Cream. $55 (serves 2)

Shop 4/ 377 Cavendish Road Coorparoo. (07) 3397 2613

Taverna Elia

‘Ouzo Prawn for Paniyiri’ starring local Ocean King prawns flambé in ouzo then tossed in a creamy sauce with fresh dill and garlic $19.90.

Taverna Elia, 296 Montague Rd, West End. (07) 3844 8222

Chez Nous Corporate

The Paniyiri Greek Mezze Lunch of toasted pita bread and tzatziki dip, petite lamb skewers (2 per person), petite chicken skewers marinated in lemon and oregano (2 per person), spanakopita spinach and cheese pie (1 per person), traditional Greek salad, Zorba the Greek sweet treats platter – baklava, kourambiethes and Turkish delight. $25 per person plus GST.

Chez Nous Corporate is based in South Brisbane for catering – (07) 3844 8588