Mamaca’s Mediterranean Kitchen

FEELING PECKISH?, MELBOURNE, Melbourne Inner South — By on 05/01/2012 10:12 am

Mamaca’s is a big, warm and, above all, familiar Hellenic hug. On the end of Chapel Street where one expects style to reign expensively, mercilessly supreme, Mamaca’s banks on simplicity. Though it sometimes masquerades as a Mediterranean haven, make no mistake, Mamaca’s Kitchen – that’s Mama’s Kitchen – is as Greek as head chef Leonidas Kyratsis. There’s no doubting that Melbourne harbours a golden standard of Greek food that, if poorly executed, will inevitably bear the brunt of Yiayia. Mamaca’s dishes definitely have a maternal love to them, and though they’re more evolutionary than revolutionary, you can definitely score a worthy Greek fix here. Clear-cut basics like chops, chicken skewers and a huge range of dips are kept simple and affordable, and don’t disappoint. These dishes are made to share, so be sure to embrace Mamaca’s in a group. Eggplant saganaki is brought out in a sizzling instant and headlines what is a very capable vegetarian selection. The low-key Hellenic decor only adds to the friendly, intimate vibe, and, weather permitting, the courtyard is a must. ,210 Chapel Street, Prahran,(03) 9521 5694,

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