Tasmania: Urban Greek

Urban Greek
103 Murray St, Hobart TAS 7000
Tel: (03) 6109 4712
http://www.urbangreekhobart.com/

Urban Greek looks small from the sidewalk, but is quite spacious inside.

The menu is much more extensive when you arrive in person, than on their website. Pages and pages long.

We started with the house red by the carafe, which was pretty decent.

We choose the chargrilled octopus for the entree. Delicious. As good as something that you’d get in Greece. The octopus was tender and had a beautiful char. There was already some vinaigrette on top. They give you another shot glass filled with vinaigrette, and the good thing is the waitress warned us that we might not need it. It was true, the dish didn’t need anymore vinaigrette. Great start to the night.

Next we picked one of the specials for the day, pork hock with salad and roasted potatoes. The dish was very generous and actually could have fed two people quite easily. The pork hock was well cooked, and very substantial. The sauce was not bad. The potatoes weren’t the most tender. Had a bit of a chewy taste to them, so I didn’t really enjoy it that much. The salad accompaniment was again, okay but not great.

Urban Greek 2

The second main we choose was again, a very generous serving size. Salmon with a herb crust, cauliflower risotto and a herb oil dressing. Honestly this dish was not great. It doesn’t warn you on the menu that the cauliflower risotto has such a strong blue cheese through it, and is too creamy. You just feel like you’re being smacked in the face with blue cheese and just eating a spoon full of dairy. The cauliflower gets so lost in the mix. The salmon was cooked well, and actually if you picked out the salmon meat, that was quite pleasant. The herb crust though was over fried, and had a strong bitter taste to it which I didn’t find too pleasant to eat either. So because it had so many over powering flavours, I tasted but didn’t touch the herb oil. There were just too many strong flavours, and overall a very poorly executed dish.

Urban Greek 3

Perhaps if we had chosen another two mains we might have felt differently about this restaurant. Very friendly and attentive wait staff.

Food: 6/10
Value for money: 7/10
Ambience: 7/10
Service: 7.5/10
Overall Score: 27.5/40
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