It has been a year since our last visit to Brika – and again it took the Fringe festival to get us there – it is so close to Ellington Jazz Club where we were headed for a show, Brika seemed to be just the spot for a pre-show dinner – we have had some great meals there and expected the same – and once again we had a top experience.
Sitting in the al fresco area out front is a pleasant place to hang out and on a balmy night that is what we did.
The Greek dishes on the menu are perfect for sharing and this so we ordered between the three of us five dishes that more than satisfied our appetites.
Hommus topped with crisply fried calamari and a sprinkle of smoked paprika to begin – the calamari adding a crunchy note to the dish, along with pita to mop it all up, set us on our way.
My favourite of the night followed, fried saganaki cheese – all crisped on the outside, oozy and creamy inside – topped with soaked sweet dried figs and a dash of dried oregano adding a lovely herbal note.
Fresh green salad of peppery rocket (arugula), chopped grilled haloumi, strawberries, a dash of syrupy balsamic dressing and flaked roasted almonds provided a refreshing interlude.
And then twice cooked pork belly, crisped crackling, unctuous meat, earthy purée of celeriac, roasted carrots and spiced yoghurt – good stuff.
And finally, another light and fresh dish of lemon cured local sardines, thinly sliced radish, red onions, chilli and oil to complete another enjoyable meal at Brika.
From the smallish wine list with its mix of Australian and European offerings, particularly those of Greece, we ordered a bottle of rosé from McLaren Vale – Springseed Wine Company’s Mourning Bride – made from shiraz it is all strawberries, watermelon and ginger on the nose with a dry, crisp palate of rhubarb and raspberries – perfect accompaniment to our food.
And that was it, Ellington and our show with Jessie Gordon and Lucky Oceans was calling so off we went – another excellent meal at Brika. Maybe we will even get back before next year’s Fringe!