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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley

Pita pork gyros at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Pita pork gyros $7.80

You'll forget about every late night yeeros you’ve ever eaten after a visit to Traditional Gyradiko. First up, it’s all about the bread: fluffy rounds of fresh pita, scorched lightly on the grill. They're filled with slices of juicy pork or chicken – just like in Greece – carved straight off the vertical spit. There’s a smattering of salad: ripe tomato wedges, red onion, parsley and a slick of tzatziki, but mostly it’s one helluva meatfest. They add a couple of chips inside as well, traditional-style.

It ain’t pretty eating but that’s half the fun. The pillowy-soft pita soaks up all the juices from the meat. And back to those chips. Joined with the bread, they offer outrageously good carb-on-carb action. They use chicken thighs here so the meat is tender and juicy. The pork is saltier but lusciously fatty, too.

Carving the chicken gyros at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Carving the gyros chicken

The locals love it. Since opening in late April, the queues at this corner takeaway have been non-stop. Everyone wants in on the gyros action, including teenagers, families, tradies and an army of young men. Don’t be surprised to arrive at night and find a line that snakes around the block.

Pita chicken gyros at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Pita chicken gyros $7.80

A simple pork or chicken gyros will set you back $7.80, or you can add chips and a drink and pay $13. The cone-shaped roll is ideal for takeaway but if you’re lucky enough you might score one of the few tables inside or on the street.

Gyros pork merides with chips, salad, tzatziki and pita at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Gyros pork merides with chips, salad, tzatziki and pita $15.50

If you really want to make a meal of it, order the pork or chicken on a plate: a mountain of meat piled up with chips, salad, a dollop of tzatziki and triangles of pita. Use a fork, scoop everything up with the pita or just use your fingers. Nobody cares. They’re all too busy scoffing their own.

At the moment they’re only doing gyros but judging by the menu board they’ll be doing pork souvlaki soon. Head over. And get in line.

Gyros chicken merides at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Gyros chicken merides with chips, salad, tzatziki and pita $15.50

Gyros pork merides at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Gyros pork merides with chips, salad, tzatziki and pita $15.50

Pita chicken gyros at Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley
Chicken gyros

Traditional Gyradiko, Bexley


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Traditional Gyradiko [facebook page]
309-313 Forest Road, Bexley, Sydney
Tel: +61 (0)452 543 202

Open daily 11am - 11pm


This article appeared in the July 2014 issue of Time Out Sydney in my monthly Food & Drink column Eat This! [Read online

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posted by Helen (Grab Your Fork) on 7/30/2014 01:11:00 am


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