When I learned I was going to Melbourne I planned on eating a lot of lamb in restaurants serving authentic Aussie fare. It didn’t happen. Instead I got to eat lamb souvlaki twice and I was more than satisfied.
My friend Deb has tried the lamb souvlaki from both Stalactites and Lambs. She has a favorite and she wanted to find out which one we liked better.
We went to Stalactites for a late afternoon snack.
You can probably guess from the faux ceiling where the restaurant got its name.
Simply stated a souvlaki is a Greek pita sandwich filled with small pieces of meat and some vegetables. We ordered 3 huge lamb souvlakis to share. It was a good thing we had the souvlakis cut in half since it was so big. I don’t think I can ever finish one whole by myself. Well, maybe if I didn’t eat the whole day I can.
Nothing prepared me for the burst of flavor from the tender, juicy lamb. The lamb was outstanding both in aroma and texture. The meat was perfectly done and the spices were complex that it didn’t need anything else. No wonder the restaurant was full at 3:30 in the afternoon. Stalactites is open 24/7. I can imagine this place being popular for the after drinks crowd.
You can’t imagine the wonderful aroma that wafted through the air as I neared the meats slow roasting on the spit.
I bow to your skill chef!!!
As much as I loved the lamb souvlaki at Stalactites, Deb told me her favorite was the one at Lambs. I was doubly excited to try Lambs after her declaration.
They had an assortment of prepared salads and appetizers.
The desserts looked inviting.
They prepared the lamb souvlaki as soon as we ordered and paid at the counter. I was thrilled to see so much meat on each pita. No scrimping here.
Looks good right?
Unfortunately it was bland and a bit dry. We had to ask for some sauce.
They gave us a plate of tzatziki (yogurt with cucumber and spices) and I spooned it on my souvlaki.
It tasted better with the tzatziki but it still didn’t taste as good as the one of Stalactites.
Deb has her reasons for liking Lambs better but I personally would go back to Stalactites over and over again. I also want to try their chicken souvlaki the next time I go back to Melbourne. To those who are planning a trip to Melbourne please include a meal at Stalactites. You can thank me later.
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