Yefsi is a newly opened Greek influenced restaurant located at the foot of the Attika Hotel and apartment complex in Newcastle Street – a little West of Lake Street. A relatively stark dining area it is brightened up with blue and white tiles and cushions in recognition of its heritage and cuisine leanings.
Unlicensed at the moment but happy to accommodate BYO – and with a couple of liquor stores a short way down Lake this is no problem.
Open for breakfast and lunch at the moment the menu is geared towards the meze style of shared plates and small snacks and pastries – spanakopita, tiropita, dolmades, saganaki, keftedes and the like.
We ordered three of the larger dishes and while we waited – wine in glass of course – we nibbled on a small plate of complimentary fried squid rings – extremely tender, beautifully crisped. Then the mains arrived….
The Revithokeftedes plate was made up of chickpea fritters –again crisp skinned, nutty and earthy filling – Greek salad, 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 – in our case juicy, smoky, tender lamb.
Showing again their ability to hit the mark with seafood, the grilled squid was beautifully tender but retained a pleasing al dente texture, and was served with peppery rocket, salty, creamy goat cheese and a sprinkle of cut chilli to add a zip and zing. Good stuff.
And finally the special of the day – briam – that delightful mixed roasted vegetable dish – an amalgam of textures from the various vegetables and with garlicky and herbal aromas and tastes abounding.
Yes, Yefsi is producing the goods and is a welcome addition to the dining scene in the upper reaches of Northbridge.