Do you remember that famous Spice Girl track…? “Come a little bit closer baby, get it on get it on, cause tonight is the night when two become one”. When they do, good things happen. Let’s celebrate these two local restaurant gems consumating their relationship!
Anyone walking past St Johns Road, might enjoy the daily changing street sign which celebrates a quote or the dish of the day. Our favourite is ‘Dogs Welcome, owners tolerated’. Head Chef and owner Jan captured foodies hearts when he launched Ahgora on Glebe Point Road with his creative spin on Mediterranean food after a succesful career in Michelin Star restaurants in Europe. He soon became known for delivering fine dining techniques twinned with his Slovakian heritage of share food. Same food but the new location at Meditela provides for indoor and outdoor dining – which in time we will celebrate again!
MMMmm share plates. This is our problem. It’s so darn tasty that this is food you actually dont want to share! They have just launched their new breakfast and family Banquet menu which is our pick for this Easter weekend.
The menu is a combination of the things you know, but, ‘not as you know it’. Their family flatbread recipe means that each luscious triangle is brushed with smoked spices, simply perfect for scooping taramasalata and hummus.
The fun starts happening when luscious, creamy sweetcorn puree is topped with generous char prawns dotted with smoked feta. Next to join the party are a golden ovals pan fried ricotta gnocchi dotted with pepitas on a cushion of pumpkin puree.
Black lentils and herbed yoghurt are twinned with succulent soft, smoky octopus (we challenge any non octopi lovin’ peeps to try this one). It is a banquet to be shared, but we feel the next dish can be a relationship breaker… its ravoili, but reinvented with a salty haloumi filling touselled with brown butter, walnuts, juicy raisins, lemon jam and pops of pomegranate.
Yum! Any bakers will look with envy at the flakey golden layers of filo filled with a creamy, spinach filling that is the ultimate spanokopita. Simply round out the meal with a lemon strudel dusted with icing sugar and raspberries.
Sunday mornings will never be the same now they have launched breakfast delivery – this is the only place we have ever had breakfast gnocchi. Its a ‘You had me at hello’ moment. Get your brunch on with gorgeous fluffy medalions twinned with chorizo, bacon, tomatoes, spinach and a poached egg. Its so good it should be the new national breakfast dish.
Remember that moment you had your first eggs benedict, a perfect omelette? We encourage you to add this to your bucket list. Other items include halloumi stack, Greek breakfast, eggs bennie and more!
Right now we need to love our local heros. The team at Ahgora Meditela are doing just that, including food bank support with each order. We hear they are about to create something for fur babies too. When we visited, locals had already given them a bottle of champagne and another had cooked them an apple strudel. We wonder who is looking after who? When locals take a restaurant into their community (and their hearts) perhaps our biggest lesson is that we are all looking after each other.
Meditela, 172 St Johns Road, Glebe
Delivery – Wed-Sun 8:30am-2pm & Dinner 5:30pm-9pm (Free Delivery to Forest Lodge, Glebe, Camperdown, Ulitmo, Annadale and Newtown)
Easter Family Brunch – here
Easter Family Banquet $39pp – here
Food Bank Donations here