Taverna trio: Owners Guy Holder, Disa Dimitrakakis and Angie Giannakodakis at Elyros.
Taverna trio: Owners Guy Holder, Disa Dimitrakakis and Angie Giannakodakis at Elyros. Photo: Luis Ascui/Getty Images

Hilary McNevin and Roslyn Grundy

It's been a labour of love involving sanding and painting, menu testing and on-the-ground research. But later this week the trio behind Cretan-inspired wine bar and diner Elyros hope to finally open in Camberwell - almost two months later than scheduled.

Guy Holder, Disa Dimitrakakis and Angie Giannakodakis, from Carlton's Epocha, have buddied up on the project, spending every free moment imbuing the light-filled former Magic City site in Burke Road with a contemporary Cretan feel involving timber, marble, mosaics and genuine taverna chairs.

In the 65-seat dining room, Michelin-trained Athenian chef Yiannis Kasidokostas has been trialling simple, honest dishes based on the Greek island's traditional ingredients - rabbit, seafood, goat and wild greens. But strictly no souvlaki or saganaki, promises Giannakodakis, who last week took home The Age Good Food Guide 2015 Citi Service Excellence Award.

The wine bar will serve mezze such as cheese-filled kalitsounia pastries and pickled octopus alongside organic and low-intervention wines from around the globe.

Elyros, named after an ancient city in Crete, will be open for dinner Tuesday to Saturday and lunch on Sunday at 871 Burke Road, Camberwell, elyros.com.au