Just-opened Gyros takes a risk by dishing out Greek fare in Andheri's buzzing Lokhandwala market that is already abuzz with popular food options. But a steady flow of patrons is proof that they’re on the right track
Greek food in Lokhandwala? The news did raise our eyebrows, but nevertheless, we couldn’t miss the opportunity of tasting a rarely available cuisine in an area that is otherwise famous for its chaat stalls, bakeries, and fast food hangouts. So, we dropped by the all-white Gyros on a weekday evening.
The joint isn’t very spacious, but we found a corner. Soon, we scoured the menu and called for Hummus With Pita Bread (Rs 100), Chicken Souvlaki (Rs 175), Feta Fries (Rs 100) and Watermelon Feta Salad (Rs 160).
Chicken Souvlaki was a meal in itself
While we were waiting for our Greek spread, we chatted up with the owner, Akash Bhagchandka, about the profitability of opening a Greek restaurant in such a spot. Bhagchandka apprised us that since this cuisine is an untapped market in Mumbai, it was a well-thought out decision and the increasing footfall speaks for itself.
By now, the Hummus and Pita Bread showed up. While the bread was average, the hummus was flavoursome and did wonders to our tastebuds. Next up, we tucked into the Chicken Souvlaki that includes a pita sandwich stuffed with chicken chunks, lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, olives, onions, potato fries and feta, tossed in lemon vinaigrette dressing. We loved the wholesome dish that had an engaging blend of flavours.
The fries were a tasty side order with the sauce created out of feta cheese, lemon vinaigrette and tzatziki, adding an edge to the regular potato dish. However, the winner of the evening was the Watermelon Feta Salad, which had garnished watermelon with toasted nuts, feta and lettuce. The salad was perfect for a humid summer evening; the subtle riot of flavours ensured that it was wolfed down in no time. We loved this Greek experience that deserves an encore.
At: Unit no 14, first cross lane, Lokhandwala market, Andheri (W).
Gyros didn’t know we were there. the guide reviews anonymously and pays for its meals.