Fancy sipping on spritzes and sharing saganaki by the pool? You don’t have to jetset to the Greek Islands – Brisbane’s very own urban resort The Calile Hotel has you sorted. Much-loved Nobby Beach eatery Hellenika has opened a sibling venue in Brisbane, serving at the hotel’s signature poolside restaurant. Making your way up to the pool deck, you’ll be greeted in Hellenika’s breezy olive tree-lined alfresco terrace overlooking the glistening waters of the resort’s pool. Those waiting for a table can take a seat at the bar or recline poolside in a cabana – you can even stay there to enjoy your meal if you so desire. Lovers of the original Hellenika will be pleased to hear the same menu will be served at The Calile. Starters and small plates of kalamata olive-topped taramasalata, grilled saganaki, veal dolmades wrapped in silverbeet and Hellenika’s famous kolokithia zucchini chips will certainly get you feeling like you’re grazing in the Greek Islands. Larger share options include flaky spanakopita, eggplant moussaka, chicken souvlakia and 1.2-kg classic baked lamb shoulder. The 450-plus bottle wine list, with an impressive selection of Greek drops, will offer something new to try with each visit, but if you’ve opted to eat in a cabana, we highly suggest you do so with a cocktail in hand. You can start your day the right way with a big Greek breakfast, as the kitchen serves up morning fare from 6:30–10:00 am daily – think caramelised fresh grapefruit with sweet Greek yoghurt, spanakopita, the Eggs with Eggs with Eggs (boiled eggs, taramasalata, salmon peals and toast), or The Onassis, with streaky bacon, loukanika (Greek sausages), olive-oil fried eggs, fresh tomato, a lamb cutlet and toast.


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