Gyros Fix is a family-run business that serves traditional gyros and what they refer to as Greece’s ‘best kept secret’, Skepasti. Sitting on a corner of busy Queens Road in the Inner West, it’s relatively new to Sydney’s Gyros scene and serves fresh, no-frills Greek food at its best. As the name suggests, Gyros is the ultimate go-to menu item.
Nestor, who runs the eatery with his father, Peter, tells us that all the meats they roast – pork, lamb and chicken – are marinated for two days and prepared for the rotisserie themselves, a sign of the meticulous care taken to create the very best gyros. Peter makes regular trips to the markets to ensure Gyros Fix uses the freshest produce in all their dishes. As much as they can is made in-house and locally sourced, and it’s been busy ever since it’s opening only a few months ago.
Glimpse your gyros being prepared as your mouth waters at the sight of luscious, slow-roasted meat. Although gyros are the star of the menu, Gyros Fix’s house specialty is Skepasti – chargrilled pita stuffed with spit-roasted meat and vegetables – as well as Souvlaki, meat platters, Greek Salad and homemade traditional classics such as Spanakopita and Pastitsio (pasta pie).
Lamb Gyros (regular, $9.50)
The lamb is flavoursome and moist and we love the crispy, smoky bits on the edges. Slices of tomato, onion and Peter’s special sauce are wedged alongside fluffy chips and tucked into a snug pita, wrapped in paper for easy handling. It’s the perfect ratio of soft, tender lamb pieces, fresh tomato and onion, fluffy chips, tangy sauce and pita. Like most items on their menu, all gyros come in small, large, or even baby size to cater for all ages.
A chargrill rather than hotplate is used to attain those lovely golden lines on the pita, which makes it beautifully scorched and crisp on the edges while retaining a soft inside. It’s brushed with oil and freshly grown rosemary before cooking to add flavour and prevent burning.
This classic is our favourite of the day, and we’re told that the lamb gyros is three times more popular than any other item on their menu. Overall, the gyros is easy to eat, tasty and not overwhelmingly salty or oily. It also comes with a filling of pork, chicken or seafood, and there’s even a vegetarian option offered so that no-one misses out.
Pork Enigma Skepasti (large, $16.50)
Skepasti is an innovative Greek dish of roast meat sandwiched between two pitas with the usual gyros fillings. It’s a real feast for the eyes, and Gyros Fix is the only restaurant in Australia to serve this unique style of gyros. Although it also comes in a plain and seafood version, the Enigma is their most popular filling, consisting of your choice of meat sandwiched with chargrilled vegetables.
The pork is succulent and slightly fatty so that it melts in the mouth. Along with this are sweet red capsicum, plump zucchini, silky eggplant, oozy cheese, feta, and a layer of soft chips lining the bottom.
More chips are piled on top and drizzled with their signature tangy white sauce. Eat it like a sandwich and savor the sweet, soft, creamy combination of textures and flavours for an authentic alternative to the classic Gyros.
Fresh Cut Chips with special sauce (small, $4)
Of course, an integral part of gyros is the chips which are wedged inside with the meat. Fresh cut chips are tumbled together with smattering of paprika and a red version of Peter’s tangy, punchy sauce, which is slightly sweeter than the white version. The chips are crispy, fluffy and golden.
Rice Pudding ($3.50)
If you’re still hungry after devouring a tasty Gyros, desserts are also offered. Rice pudding (Rizogalo) is made fresh weekly and portioned in portable take-away containers so there’s no excuse not to take one home. As soon as we open the lid, the sweet aroma of cinnamon immediately fills the air. The texture is creamy and the rice is tender but not gluggy, soft but still toothsome. It’s not too sweet and the strong cinnamon flavour is very addictive.
With no shortage of Gyros restaurants popping up around Sydney, Gyros Fix is a serious contender for the top Gyros title. From its unassuming blue street shopfront, marked by a cute, dancing gyros logo, and simple interior, their gyros is perfectly balanced in terms of flavour and texture and generously filled with tender, delectable meat. It’s easy to eat without being too messy – no-fuss, authentic home-cooked Greek food at its best. It’s evident that Peter and Nestor are extremely passionate about the food they serve, and this is something which shines through in their warm, welcoming service and delicious Gyros.
118-130 Queens Rd ,
Five Dock, NSW
Contributed by Maddie, who dined as a guest on behalf of 2 Hungry Guys