Yamas Greek + Drink Is West Village's New Parkside Seafood and Souvla Restaurant From the Opa Crew

Oysters with ouzo, lobster from the tank, lamb and chicken souvla, and cotton candy-topped spritzes are all on the menu at this terracotta-hued new West End eatery.
Sarah Ward
Published on August 17, 2022

Already a go-to for gelato, burgers, Italian eats, Mediterranean cuisine and Hungarian pastries, West Village in West End has just become Brisbane's latest spot to tuck into a Greek feast, too. Bringing the tastes of the Aegean to the inner-city precinct: Yamas Greek + Drink, the newest venture from the team behind Opa Bar + Mezze and Fatcow Steak & Lobster.

For most Brisbanites, West End already conjures up visions of impressive Greek spreads thanks to The Greek Club and the annual Paniyiri festival — and now those local favourites have company. Hospitality duo Michael Tassis and Caio Rossetto are focusing on modern Greek flavours in their latest venture, heroing in on cuisine from Thessaloniki, with plenty of seafood and souvla on the menu. Also on offer: saganaki and stuffed zucchini from the mezze lineup, and wagyu beef moussaka and leek and cheese filo among the large plate selection.

Keen on tucking into the ocean's finest? The seafood range includes taramasalata for starters, oysters with ouzo, grilled octopus, lobster from the tank, a sand crab and prawn dish, and whole baby barramundi with orzo pasta.

Those souvlas feature meat cooked on the spit, tzatziki, a touch of ground beef and pork, rice, chestnuts, pine nuts, sultanas and herbs — and the full menu also spans everything from haloumi chips and lamb ribs through to spicy village sausage 150-day-plus dry-aged t-bones.

Dessert options include baklava, halva, filo-wrapped semolina baked custard (aka galaktoboureko) and chocolate bougatsa pastries — and if you simply can't pick from the entire spread, there are two banquet options (a nine-dish banquet for $68 per person with a minimum of two, and an 11-dish version for $90 per person with at least four people required).

While you're taking in the parkside views thanks to Yamas' location next to Mollison Park — and enjoying the sleek, terracotta-hued decor, or sitting in the pink-coloured booths — you can also sip cotton candy-topped spritzes, lychee martinis, a lineup of house speciality and classic cocktails, and wine by the glass.

And, Yamas opens at 9am daily for breakfast and brunch as well, should you fancy starting the day with Ioannina eggs with manouri cheese, red sauce and pita bread.

Find Yamas Greek + Drink at West Village, 45 Mollison Street, West End — open from 9am–9pm daily.

Images: Markus Ravik.

Published on August 17, 2022 by Sarah Ward
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