Hellenic Republic

Food is family, family is life, life is everything. I think chef/owner George Calombaris‚ his quote sums it up perfectly. Need we say more?

The breakfast menu at Hellenic Republic offers a variety of parent pleasing items that will also tempt the tastebuds of little ones – fresh fruit with Greek honey and yoghurt, home made spanikopita (spinach and fetta pie in to die for pastry), the old faithful Bircher muesli, Greek omlettas, toast with sweet, sticky, fruity jams and another tasty yet healthy dish, which I seem to order time and time again, that is so delicious in it’s simplicity – fetta, tomato and avocado on Dench toast than has been lightly brushed with olive oil and toasted on the grill.

They offer highchairs , the trendy clip-on to the chair variety (as opposed to the old faithful white plastic Ikea number). It is a large and spacious restaurant, with a lovely big tiled communal table at the front, so is definitely a great option for large(ish) groups, older kids who need a bit more room and parents with prams. They also provide crayons and paper for the budding Picasso’s, however the toilets are a little on the small side and there are no change tables.

Bookings aren’t really necessary for breakfast/brunch on the weekend however they are a must for lunch and dinner… and be prepared to be flexible with times and dates.

All in all it is a great restaurant with a fun, laidback, family-friendly atmosphere that truly embraces that welcoming Greek charm. It is large and spacious and light and bright during the day, has a varied and healthy menu that should appeal to adults and kids alike, very good coffee, friendly staff and is definitely up there as one of my faves.

And I am sure the kids (and big kids too) will get a kick out of seeing owner George Calombaris of Masterchef fame, who can often be spotted there for breakkie on the weekend with his friends and family.

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434 Lygon Street Brunswick East 3057 VIC AU
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Lunch Friday to Sunday, 12pm - 4pm Dinner Monday to Sunday, 5.30pm - 10pm