On the surface, the idea of a Greek - Asian fusion restaurant seems a little bit unnatural. However in talking to the owners Kerry Dramountanis and Alex Evripidou, co-owners of Stav’s in San Souci, you come to understand that it is not an authentic Greek experience but rather a Greek-Australian experience.
“We wanted to open the restaurant as more of a passion project for us. We wanted to give our own perspective of what Greek food can be. We didn’t want to do the traditional tavern.” Kerry explained to Grub.
“It’s also about opening the restaurant and Greek food to a broader demographic.”
Australia has long been a country of multiculturalism, and given its close vicinity to Asia, we have a world of Asian cuisine at our doorstep. Alex insists that the flavour profile of Asian cuisine is more similar to Greek than most people think.
“A lot of what we like to eat as Australians is Asian food.”
“A lot of similarities can be drawn, you know things that we (Greeks) do that is seen in Asian cuisines as well, like putting fruit in your savoury dishes. For example the classic pork and plum is like the Greek classic watermelon and feta.” He explains.
These flourishes are represented on the menu through dishes like the tempura battered zucchini chips, the fakess salad a traditional Greek lentil dish tweaked with pomegranate and caramelized balsamic and Stav’s Pork belly, with green papaya, chilli and shallots on a peach and feta salad.
Kerry and Alex come from a mixed professional background, working a lot behind the scenes in produce supply and retail. The boys are still keeping large aspects of the restaurant local and true to their backgrounds in produce.
“The olive oil is from our family olive trees in Crete.” Kerry tells.
The drinks list is not to be taken lightly either with organics Australian wine, imported Greek wines and fusion cocktails such as the mango madness cocktails with pearl tea jellies.
“The wine on tap is organic wine from Mudgee, both a Pinot Grigio and a Pinot Noir.” Alex tells.
The fit out is an echo of modern Greece. The striking blue and white is characteristic of traditional Greece. However the team has tried to modernise it with touches of recycled timber, unpolished concrete, marble and graffiti’d exterior. This coupled with views of the water makes Stav’s a great spot.
You can find Stav’s at 1/8 Water Street Sans Souci, NSW 2219.
Tuesday-Thursday 11.30am-4:00pm + 6:00pm-9.30pm
Friday- Saturday: 11:30am – 11:00pm
For more information, see their website. www.stavsdrinkseatsbeats.com.au