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Zeus Street Greek, Drummoyne, Sydney

Zeus Street Greek is a newish eatery opened in Drummoyne offering diners delicious greek food. The restaurant is casual albeit small but with a very relaxed setting. There’s a no reservation policy so come early if you want to beat the dinner rush. The restaurant was packed when we arrived just after 7pm and after a good 35 minute wait (there were 6 of us) we were finally seated and quickly ordered our food as we were famished.

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The menu is quite simple – souvla pitas, nude pitas, salad, dips and sides and everything sounded delicious. There is also a kids menu which is just as good.

We started with some house-made pita (2) (AUD 3.0) and two serving of tzatziki – greek yogurt, cucumber, roasted garlic and dill (AUD6.5) – my favourite. The tzatziki was fresh, refreshing and incredibly delicious that I wanted to lick the bowl. I love the house-made pita – it was so soft and fluffy that even Dragon couldn’t help but eat half on her own (maybe more)!

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The lightly fried calamari and preserved lemon mayo (AUD12.50) was also a hit. The calamari was lightly coated, giving it a nice crunch and the lemon mayo was a wonderful addition.

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From the souvla – pitas, we ordered the zeus – lamb – signature slow cooked lamb with Aegan slaw, smoked eggplant, onion and parsley. I am not a huge fan of lamb but both my parents really enjoyed it. Generous amount of lamb meat which was tender and the Aegan slaw a wonderful complement.

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The papou niko – char-grilled pork from the souvla with Aegan slaw, caramelised onion, preserved lemon mayo and parsley was a favourite. The pork was tender, and who can say no to caramelised onion and lemon mayo?

Uncle ‘Tzimmy’ classic – choice of lamb, pork, or chicken with tomato, tzatziki, onion, paprika and chips was a hit. My brother, F, ordered the lamb and he absolutely loved it!

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For Dragon, chicken and chips with lemon mayo wrapped in pita. The chicken was tender but she didn’t quite particularly like the lemon mayo. She absolutely loved the chips though.

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We noticed everyone had a serve of the feta and oregano chips (AUD6.50) – this was good. Fries with feta – definitely a winner for everyone.

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Unfortunately we were all very full for dessert but I did like the sound of the greek doughnuts! Service was quick and efficient, it does get busy so come early or later in the evening. Food was delicious and would be more than happy to go back for more of the house-made pita breads. YUM!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Zeus Street Greek

187-189 Lyons Road

Drummoyne 2047

Ph: +61 2 9181 4646

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Copo Cafe and Diner, Drummoyne

I was catching up with a couple of my oldest school friends, the doctor and the accountant. It is always so lovely to catch up with them, it amazes me that we have known each other for over a decade. We try and catch up at least once a month, and this was one overdue catch up!

I have heard wonderful things about this cafe, Copo cafe and diner. I was supposed to go here with a couple of friends during Easter but they were closed. Copo cafe and diner can be found behind Victoria Road in Drummoyne. It is set in a large 2 storey building with an outdoor terrace on the second floor for those long lazy Sunday breakfasts in the sunshine.

The cafe was busy by the time I got there at 10.30am, however, we didn’t have to wait long until we were seated. I love the wooden communal table; the menu was vast and had a South American twist to it. We were in awe and didn’t know what to order. We asked one of the waiters what their specialty was and he suggested we all get the baked eggs.

Started with my skim flat white, the coffee was excellent, smooth, aromatic and strong. It went down too nicely!

We each got the baked eggs, the doctor had the Moroccan eggplant baked eggs with labne, herbs and toast ($17.90). This was absolutely delicious! I loved the perfectly cooked eggplant, the flavours and the dollops of yogurt. I didn’t enjoy the labne so much but it was tender and succulent. Without the labne, this would probably be my favourite out of the three.

The accountant had the baked eggs with fried potato, chorizo, chimichurri and toast ($17.90). I contemplated in getting this, but didn’t feel like fried potatoes. I loved the chimichurri sauce, and the spicy chorizo.

I opted for the house smoked trout baked eggs with creme fraiche, herbs and toast ($17.90). This was nice, but compared to the other two a little bland and boring. The trout I thought was over cooked and dry.

The eggs were also too cooked unfortunately, I was hoping that it would ooze with yolk, at least the first one, but alas no. All our eggs were too cooked. The pan was thin, I have not had baked eggs in such a shallow pan. It’s a shame, as this would be a very yummy dish.

The other dishes sounded good, I would definitely be keen to try the bubble and squeak with fried egg, Barossa valley speck, cabbage, peas, potato and toast. Even the hotcakes with rhubarb, mascarpone and maple syrup – YUM!

I can see many locals come here to get their breakfast and it’s very child friendly. Service was friendly and warm, and the coffee was excellent.

It was so lovely to catch up with you both. We chatted, we laughed and we mesmerized. We will have to do it again soon.

GA’s ratings: 7 / 10

Copo Cafe and Diner

M3 135 Victoria Road

Drummoyne 2047

Ph: +61 2 9719 9057

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Bowan Island Bakery, Drummoyne

Bowan Island Bakery in Drummoyne has been around for as long as I remember. They now have two other locations in Chatswood and Five Dock. It’s not only a bakery, but also a cafe that sells Bowan Island breads and pastries. The cafe has a wide range of meals on offer, rolls, sandwiches, toasties, and even breakfast!

Bowan Island Bakery is an Australian owned and run company and has been around for the over 17 years. They are ranked in the top 5 bakeries in the Sydney Morning Herald’s People’s Choice Awards and is one of my favourite bakeries in Sydney.

‘The Mother’ and I were catching up with The C’s family, S and T for brekkie one weekend. The place was extremely busy but thankfully we didn’t have to wait for long for a table.

The coffee was strong, aromatic and excellent.

I couldn’t go past the bircher muesli served with yogurt, fruits and berry compote. The bircher was exceptionally good, soaked in orange juice, mixed with nuts, coconut and dried fruits. The yogurt was rich and creamy and the berry compote was sweet and a wonderful complement.

‘The Mother’ opted for the scrambled eggs which were served with a thick slice of toast made by the bakery! Unfortunately the scrambled eggs weren’t the best, it was dry and a little tasteless. The bread as expected was beautiful.

S couldn’t go past the tomatoes toastie, toasted with generous serving of tomatoes and topped with cheese. I didn’t have any of this, but she seemed to have enjoyed it.

A had the breakfast wrap, scrambled eggs, tomatoes, capsicum, spinach all wrapped up. It wasn’t toasted, it looked good though but the best breakfast wrap I’ve had is in the city, AMP building food court and for less than $5 it is one hell of a wrap!

P had the chicken burger, probably not the best shot as it had way too many greens! But P said it wasn’t a ‘bad burger’.

The lamington caught A’s eyes, it wasn’t square but rather round shaped. Fluffy sponge cake coated in a chocolate icing and desiccated coconut. We were both hoping that it had jam inside. Unfortunately, no such luck but it was good!

Service friendly and even though there was a line whilst ordering, it moved relatively quickly. Meals are around $5 – $15 pending on what you order. It was great catching with the C’s family, and S and T. I bought some sour dough to take home for lunch that day and LOVED it!

GA’s ratings: 7.5 / 10

Bowan Island Bakery

183 Victoria Road

Sydney 2047

Ph: +61 2 9181 3524

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