19 October 2013
A week of heavy eating in China has given me a real hankering for Western food, which worked perfectly with my coupon for Eat Greek. This restaurant in Freo does an all-you-can-eat Greek dinner and dessert buffet, so we were pretty excited!
You should definitely book ahead so that you get a table, particularly if there’s a large group. Also it’s worth going reasonably early so that you have heaps of time to eat, eat, eat, then digest, and eat some more. Our waitress explained where the crockery was and brought us some chilled tap water.
My plate of assorted salads
Judgement-free zone please. I started with a plate of salad and dips because I spotted a lot of my favourites. My favourites were the marinated octopus salad and the Greek salad because they were light on green leaves and heavy on the tasty bits.
The vinegar cabbage was pretty unusual and the grilled vegies with couscous were gross, but otherwise the salad section was really decent. There’s also chilled cooked whole prawns (and remember the rule that Asians must load a plate with prawns to get value for money).
Buffet of savoury dishes
My best picks from the savoury hot foods were the small chicken wings, chilli mussels, and moussake (eggplant, mince, and delightfully creamy potato mash). The grilled calamari was tender and flavoursome, plus it’s good value to capitalise on fresh seafood!
However, the rest of the dishes were disappointing and underwhelming. Among the worst culprits were stale chips, deflated roast potatos, nasty crumbed fish balls, overcooked grilled fish, awful heavy tasteless pasta, and chicken kebabs that were so dry that I had to swig wine to wash it down. The beef curry was a weird addition to the Greek buffet and was pretty rubbish. Lastly, we were so sad to find that the pork ribs were all tough and dry.
Eat Greek Zesty White wine ($27)
Aside from a mouthful to wash down dry chicken kebab meat, I barely touched the white wine (which was included in our deal). The regular price of $27 for this sour house wine is horrifying. They should be wary about sticking their name on a wine this awful.
The baklava (sweet sticky layers of filo pastry) and fresh fruit were my highlights from the dessert section. You can also help yourself to soft-serve vanilla icecream and toppings, but I found that it was melting fast as soon as it came out of the machine.
Probably the worst dessert was the marble cheesecake, which I don’t understand because I love cake and chocolate. Two thumbs down. The apple crumble was also gross and packed full of raisins *boo*. To seal my disappointment, the chocolate mousse was flavourless and tasted like it was made from powder.
The staff were attentive and prompt at clearing all the dinner plates, plus they provide bowls of water to rinse sticky fingers. Our waitress was not very friendly, but it seems the place is quite busy on Thursday evenings.
Eat Greek provides a fairly lacklustre buffet that includes a few Greek favourites and a lot of nothing-very-interesting. Regular dinner prices will set you back about $43 on quiet nights or $48 on weekends. You can find better Greek food in Perth for less and it won’t be served up in a warmer.
Likes: unlimited baklava, yummy salads
Dislikes: most hot foods were poorly prepared and not tasty
Value for money: below average
Overall: not a great buffet, so I’m unlikely to visit again
110 Riverside Rd East
(08) 9339 8022