It has been a year since Yefsi opened and it was time for a re-visit – it is in the building in Newcastle Street that houses Attika Hotel above it and has since our initial visit, has gained a liquor licence. Inside the blue and white tiles and a brightly coloured wall painting of scenes of the Greek Islands livens up the space. At the moment only open for breakfast and lunch, evening openings are planned in the not too distant future.
The wine list is quite small, in fact very small – two whites, one by the glass, two reds, again one by the glass, and a sparkling. The boss told us he was keeping it uncomplicated, but he did say he would look at adding a rosé (at our suggestion) so that would be welcome – no BYO, either.
We opted for a bottle of Cabernet Merlot from Rare Earth, the grapes sourced from Margaret River. Medium bodied, plums and blackcurrant aromas, mulberries and chocolate on the palate.
The lunch menu offers a range of mezze type dishes and a selection of larger serves – we began with one of the smaller – hummus with pita, and then went on to a couple from the mains selections, both dishes we have had previously and enjoyed – Revithokeftedes and grilled squid.
The hummus had a dash of paprika sprinkled over giving it a nice touch of smoky flavours, along with those of the hummus – a good light starter.
First up – chickpea fritters –again crisp skinned, nutty and earthy filling – Greek salad with a large rectangle of feta having pride of place, squeaky grilled haloumi and pita. A good sized feast of Greek food which can be added to with a skewer of grilled meat or vegetables – we passed on this occasion. – very enjoyable.
The squid was as we recalled – beautifully tender but retained a pleasing al dente texture, with a light char and was served with peppery rocket, onion, salty, creamy yoghurt and a sprinkle of cut chilli to add a zip and zing. And it was a hot chilli, too! Excellent.
A complementary plate of fried saganaki – crumbly and creamy inside the crisped skin – with a squeeze of lemon, helped us through the remains of our wine.
We were pleased to return to Yefsi, good quality Greek inspired food, pleasant surrounds, friendly staff – and if that rosé, all to the good.