Top: variety of Greek dishes available for take-away. Bottom Left: Spanakopita. Bottom Right: the famous Barbeque Lamb.
Corinthian is a family-run tavern, serving homestyle Greek cuisine with a hearty dose of old school charm. While outwardly, it has the inconspicuous appearance of a takeaway joint, yet donít be fooled. If you follow the heady aroma of slow roasted lamb wafting from the kitchen, youíll discover a rustic interior furnished with blue and white tablecloths - together with walls lined with wooden planks and paintings depicting white washed Greek villages. At 7pm - the evening has just begun, and tables were already crowded with hungry diners.
View of the front
As the entrees start to arrive, we canít help but think that perhaps weíve ordered a little too much. The Greek Salad (small: $12, large: $17) we ordered was an enormous yet clumsy ensemble of juicy kalamata olives, thinly sliced green capsicum, onion, pickled baby peppers, cucumber - and a generous portion of crumbly feta cheese. The complimentary bread rolls are soft and warm, and they pair well with the rich and creamy Tzatziki ($9) - a garlic and cucumber yoghurt dip. The Taramosalata ($9) is also a hit, a luscious fish roe concoction that is both salty and tangy with vinegar.
The service is quick - although the waiter, smartly dressed in a white button-up shirt and black pants, was not too happy that half of our group did not show up that evening. While nobody was at fault, his attitude was brusque - almost rude, and the only main disappointment of our evening.
Top left: Fish of the Day. Top right: Mixed Vegetables. Bottom Left: Greek coffee. Bottom Right: Galaktoboureko.
Shortly after our entrees were cleared, our mains arrive. A mountain of slow roasted, barbeque lamb ($22 a serving) was the highlight of the night. Garnished simply with lemon, the lamb was barbequed to perfection, with a melt-in-your-mouth consistency - and was extremely tender. While the portion sizes were more than enough for all of us, I couldn't help but wish it was it was marinated with more herbs for a more flavoursome mouthful. It was served with chips - with just the right amount of crunch, and lightly sprinkled with salt.
Our other main, the Fish of the Day (price on demand) is a lightly barbequed snapper garnished with lemon slices, which infused the flaky white meat with a lovely citrusy aroma. It was served with disappointingly overcooked and bland mixed vegetables and rice.
We finish with Greek coffee, and a delectable slice of Galaktoboureko, a sweet milky custard encased in layers of flaky filo pastry.
At $35 a head together, there was more than enough food for everyone and excellent value, considering the huge portions.
Where: 283 Marrickville Rd Marrickville NSW
Why: Fast service and delicious lamb.
Cost: About $35 a head for a full dinner.
When: Get there early in the evening before it gets too packed.