2235 Gold Coast Highway, Nobby Beach QLD
07 5572 8009
When Hellenika first opened in 2010, Nobby Beach was a sleepy suburb. It’s since grown into a real hotspot, with visitors looking to escape the busy areas of Surfers Paradise and Broadbeach. Hellenika offers visitors fresh, seasonal produce that is transformed into delicious, traditional Greek fare.
Owner of Hellenika, Simon Gloftis, has been in the hospitality industry his entire working life. He owned three successful cafes before creating Hellenika, his dream restaurant that serves only classic Greek dishes. Simon is proud to operate in what he calls, “a massively emerging market where locals truly support quality operators.” When people come into his restaurant, Simon believes, “they are putting their health and well being into my hands. This is a responsibility I take very seriously.”
Restaurant Manager, Beth Clarke, and Head Chef, Bryan Kelly, join Simon in providing great service and a fantastic overall experience in this fast-paced, busy restaurant. Bryan brings his expertise with him, having worked for more than 20 years in London and the Mediterranean.
The menu features Mezedes (appetizers) as well as larger plates – all intended to be placed in the middle of the table and shared. All the classics are here: Dolmades– veal and rice wrapped in silverbeet, Kalamari – chargilled Tasmanian calamari and Saganaki – grilled sheeps’ milk cheese from Greece. The larger plates include Spanakopita – spinach and filo pie, Psari – 800g whole baby snapper from New Zealand, and Stifado – 6-hour beef cheeks and onion stew.
Another excellent option is to experience the banquet menu. All groups of eight or more dine from this menu, but it’s available for a minimum of two people too. Start with bread and dips, and move onto the Mezedes, then try the pork belly and local fresh fish, all leading towards the Arni Sto Fourno – a house specialty of slow baked Junee lamb shoulder. Finish the night off with some watermelon and Greek sweets, and you’ll be well and truly satisfied!
The wine list is eclectic and extensive, and has a focus on indigenous Greek varieties. Simon and Beth have travelled the Greek countryside extensively to find a selection of wines that will accompany their traditional Greek cuisine perfectly. Whether it is a crisp Assyrtiko from Santorini, or a Natural Xinomavro from Northern Greece, there’s always something new to try.
Alongside these hard-to-find Greek varieties sit plenty of wines from Australia and around the world that have been chosen for the way their compliment Hellenika’s fare. There’s also some Greek inspired cocktails, like the Hellenic Martini – shaken and strained Greek Mastiha with cucumber and gin, or the Aegean Fixx – shaken and strained Metaxa brandy, lillet and Cointreau.
Private functions are welcome for groups of 30 to 130, and Hellenika is open to the public for dinner seven nights a week, and for lunch on Sundays.