Hellenika at The Calile
Inside The Calile, you can enjoy spanakopita, seafood and Greek wines in smooth surrounds.
When The Calile opened its doors on James Street in October, it didn't just add a rather striking-looking hotel to the busy Fortitude Valley strip. It also became home to the first Brisbane outpost of Gold Coast Greek restaurant Hellenika. Now serving up meals and drinks for lunch and dinner seven days a week, Brisbane's Hellenika lets enjoy their meals in a pastel and neutral space that befits the complex's cruisy, stylish and minimalistic digs.
A close collaboration between Hellenika owner Simon Gloftis with architects Richards and Spence, the Valley spot capitalises upon as many of The Calile's features as it can — complete with a pool-adjacent terrace, poolside cabana and sun lounge dining for hotel guests (with its own menu), and a casual bar overlooking the forthcoming Ada Lane.
And, as you might expect in a restaurant that has a body of water in sight — even an artificial one — seafood is the main culinary attraction. Hellenika's daily fish market range flies in the ocean's finest from around the country, including kingfish, lobster (served whole or in halves) and more.
Other dishes include dips, olives, anchovies and salads for those after a small bite; calamari, zucchini chips, grilled lamb ribs and veal dolmades in the more substantial category; and spanakopita, eggplant moussaka, souvlaki and wagyu beef pastito from the large plate selection.
Pairing your meal with a beverage involves perusing a 500-strong wine list, including Greek tipples, naturally. As for cocktails, the Hellenika G&T comes with a splash of rosemary, while the Ari Onassis combines mastiha, gin, elderflower, lemon and cucumber. Classic cocktails, non-boozy options, beers, ciders and ouzo are also on offer.
Plus, come December, Hellenika will be open for breakfast, too.
Images: Sean Fennessy.