West End may be one of the older suburbs of Brisbane but in recent years it has hardly behave its age. Attracting a number of Europeans, middle easterners and Asians residents, the area now offers a lively fusion of cultures, alternatives and vintage. I was lucky to have a direct bus that brings me from Bowen Terrace Accommodations to this bohemian part of the city for dinner.
Besides the usual mix of super markets, grocery and seafood stores, there are unique finds here that reflects that this suburb’s eclectic personality.
Bent Books is a treasure trove of quality second-hand books for the discerning reader and book lover. With every inch of the place filled with books of every genre and era, it’s quite possible to be lost in here for hours. The bright cheerful exterior, helpful staffs and creaky floorboards that alerts you everytime someone pops in adds character to this lovely book store.
West End is also a popular venue for dinner because of the diverse range of cuisines that are served in restaurants along Boundary Road and its surrounding.
The locals recommended The Little Greek Taverna for really good greek food. Located at a busy, exciting and vibrant intersection with high volumes of pedestrian and motor traffic, this spot is a great place for people watching.
Greek dishes are pretty alien to me. I did a casual pick from the menu and pray that I am lucky. The meal started with a refreshing bottle of Italian Red Orange (AUD$3.50).
My order of Moussaka ($13.50) came pretty prompt. The friendly waitress revealed that this dish is one of their best seller. It contained layers of vegetables and mince, topped with bechamel cream and cheese.
The creamy bechamel sauce was baked to golden perfection.
The top roasted portion was sweet & crisp while the layers beneath has a cheesy taste and was soft like tau huay (Soya Bean curd)!
The generous serving of fresh, crunchy vegetables on the side were doused with olive oil and other seasoning. They offered refreshing breaks from the main highlight.
The meal was wonderful and I wished I had room for some exotic Greek desserts. West End have numerous post dinner options such as coffee places and
Live music bars to keep its patrons entertained. You should not miss Hi Fi – a newcomer to the Brisbane live music scene but attracts the freshest line up of local, national and international acts. In case you were wondering, the photo below is not Hi Fi. I was just snapping a random bar. Feeling a little wore out, I ended the evening early.
You have check out West End when you are in Brisbane. It’s better to go there around 2 hours before dinner time so that you can do some sightseeing before settling down for a meal. Few places can rival the wide choice of international cuisines at West End. If you are keen to check out The Little Greek Taverna, here are the full details on the restaurant:
The Little Greek Taverna
Address: 5/1 Browning Street, West End QLD 4101, Australia
Phone: (07)3255 2215
Operating Hours: 11.00am to 10.00pm Daily (Closed on Monday)
Email: [email protected] (Do not email for reservations)
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