Melbourne is famously the city with the second biggest Greek population behind Athens. This unsurprisingly means there’s a fair number of Greek restaurants dotted about the place with one concentration in the city centre’s Greek district.
This was just around the corner from where I was staying so it felt pretty remiss that I hadn’t visited so on one of my final lunchtimes in town I popped round to 24/7, always open institution Stalactites for a hangover relieving first meal of the day.
The place has been trading since 1978 making it almost as old as me. Who knows what the ceiling looked like at the start but it’s now home to many of the stalactites that give the place its name. This was beyond odd but certainly made for a memorable setting.
Service was welcoming and I was soon seated at one of the tables in the section they had open at this fairly quiet time for them.
There was a broad a la carte plus a list of daily changing home-cooked specials. I chose from the latter opting for their oregano pork served with chips. Their lunchtime offer included a free glass of wine. It was 11.20am but what the hey.
The dish soon arrived looking extremely hearty. It was surprisingly good with the slow-cooked pork deeply tender and lightly aromatic. The chips were really good with pleasing crispness. It was just the feed I needed.
So overall, I was glad to eat a good Greek meal in quite the characterful surroundings of Stalactites. This was an enjoyable counterpoint to an excess of fine dining. I’d be happy to return, perhaps for a later night experience that I suspect is when this place comes alive.
Blythe scores Stalactites
4/5 for food
3/5 for presentation
3.5/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 14/20
I ate: pork oregano stew with chips
I drank: white wine, water
I wore: black shirt
Total bill: $28
Address: Lonsdale Street, Melbourne VIC 3000