Urban Greek & Dumbo Dumplings
by Stephanie Williams
Sometimes you just want to enjoy eating something comforting. No fancy foams or trends, but just good, tasty fare. With my sister in town, my hubby and I went looking for a last minute booking spot and snared the last seats at the bar at Urban Greek the day prior to our booking. I do love a perch at the bar so we were happy. When we arrive the bartender gets busy with a cocktail each. My sister and I have spent time travelling in Greece so we were relatively confident with the menu. We start with taramas ($9.50), whipped white cod’s roe with bread, lemon and onion, which ended up being such a hit we ordered another serve. The saganaki cheese ($17.50) is the classic grilled Greek kefalotiri cheese with herbs, lemon and a side of housemade jam and the dolmades ($17) are fresh and zingy. You can’t really lose when you order a hunk of grilled cheese. I’m usually one to pass when it comes to octopus, but when it’s presented sans-suckers, I’m all in. The chargrilled Pirates Bay octopus ($27) is sliced in long pieces rather than curled tendrils, and when dipped in the lemon oil, made me think I may have been missing out all these years. Our mains arrive – we’re sharing a mixed grill plate ($42.50), which has all been touched by the charcoal. The plate is packed full with Loukaniko (pork sausage), lamb cutlet, chicken, lamb and a beef rissole, served with pita bread, lemon roast potatoes, tzatziki and chopped tomatoes. We pair it with the Cretan village salad ($17.50). The service throughout the night is the right level of showmanship and fun and we enjoy soaking in the buzz of a busy dining room while we can. Looking around the room tables are filled with the mix of families, groups of friends and date nights, so it really is a spot for all seasons and reasons.
103 Murray Street, Hobart.
When I read our Local Lad column from chef John Churchill, he mentioned a neighborhood find in Warrane called Dumbo Dumplings. Intrigued by the recommendation, we popped in for lunch to see what it was all about. Having been at the Warrane shops for a year, it’s clear this is a spot for locals to enjoy dumplings close to home. To start we order the wonton soup, topped with seaweed ($7.80) which is filled with large, slippery wontons and clean soup. Next up is steamed prawn dumplings ($5.80, 6 pieces) and pan fried pork dumplings ($5.80 6 pieces). Both are tasty, although the pan fried version could have spent a little longer in the pan. We finish with steamed beef and onion buns ($7.80, 6 pieces) which enjoy a dash of soy and vinegar. All the dumplings are handmade, with all the sauces available at the table.
Shop 1, 9 Dampier Street, Warrane