Pony crew join new Greek wave

New empire: Greek street food is on the up.
New empire: Greek street food is on the up. Photo: Bonnie Savage

Move over Mexican, Greek street food wants your title and it has strong local field of contenders including fine dining chefs and the crew from the Pony restaurant.

The painfully long queues at two-week-old Gyradiko in Bexley prove there is a strong appetite for an authentic Greek gyro.

"You can't do it with lamb, it needs to be done in the traditional Greek way with pork. I've been wanting to open for some time but it has only been the last few years we've had access to local European-style pork like we get back in Greece," says Gyradiko owner Costa Giannakaros.

Pony restaurant co-owner George Kyprianou confirmed they have teamed with new partners, including food entrepreneur Costa Anastasiadis and will open Zeus in Drummoyne in June, followed by outlets in Rosebery and Cronulla.

"We want to bring restaurant quality standards. We'll do the smaller style gyros and souvlaki," Kyprianou says.

Former toqued chef David Tsirekas (Perama, Xanthi) will also join the race next month, fronting the kitchen at Kefi, which will open the first of several Sydney outlets in Kingsgrove next month. Rumours also swirl that George Calombaris may be eyeing Sydney for expansion of his Melbourne souva empire, Jimmy Grants.