Continuing with my craving of Greek food as there are no Greek restaurants back home in Wellington, I decided to do a quick Google search for some good Greek restaurants in Adelaide, one of which was in Henley called Estia. Which just so happens that we were driving past Henley at the same time.
Estia is not the place for a quiet romantic dinner, but expect the usual from a Greek restaurant – loud and noisy. There are a few tables outside which is slightly more quieter than dining inside, which is great during the warm summer evenings.
If you are looking at dining here during the peak hours, I would suggest that you make a reservation ahead of time to avoid any disappointment.
One good thing about this place is that you can order half size portions if you want to try more things or just not feeling very hungry. We were informed of the daily specials which helped us in making our decisions what to order.
Pita Breads with Dip – the pita bread are freshly made to order, warm, soft and light, accompanied with Melizanosalata which is a combination of eggplant, garlic and tahini. The bread goes well with the meats which we used as pita pockets filling them up with the grilled meats we ordered.
Tis Skaras Arnaki are chargrilled lamb that are marinated in olive oil, lemon and selected spices. They were perfectly cooked where the centre is slightly pink. Succulent, well seasoned, where every bite got me begging for more.
Tis Skaras Kotopoulo are chargrilled chicken, marinated in olive oil, oregano and black pepper. Chicken thighs are used which gives it more flavour and keeping the meat juicy and tender. Plus 1 was reluctant to order this as he always thinks chicken is boring. I bit the bullet and ordered it anyway. To Plus 1’s astonishment he was very happy with my pickings.
Loukaniko are traditional chargrilled smoked pork and orange sausage. The combination of of the flavours were quite interesting to say the least. You definitely can taste the orange in the sausage. Similar to a chorizo but not as spicy. The sausage is definitely home made as you can tell by the big clumps of fat within the sausage, that you would find in a good sausage.
The grilled meats were served on a bed of heavily drizzled olive oil bulgar wheat and some salad as garnish.
Special of the day – Chargrilled Octopus on a bed of spinach and chickpea salad. If you are looking for a light and heathy dish, then this dish is the one to order. The Chargilled Octopus was perfectly cooked, soft, tender and seasoned well.
Plus 1 enjoyed the meal so much that he forced us to come back the following night for more chicken. The service was good, where we were well looked after and the staff were able to provide good suggestions on what to order.
Location: 255 Seaview Road, Henley Beach Square, Adelaide, South Australia