In New on the menu by Clyde Mooney

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Renowned chef and TV personality George Calombaris will soon open Hellenic Hotel, extending his portfolio bringing authentic-but-modern Greek food to the southern capital.

The Masterchef host and culinary celebrity first opened his ‘Hellenic Republic’ eatery experience in 2008 with business partner and fellow chef Travis McAuley. The brand now boasts two venues, in Brunswick and Kew.

Hellenic Hotel bar and dining_web_crpOn 17 June Hellenic will launch the Hellenic Hotel Williamstown, in the former Hobson’s Bay Hotel.

It will continue the concept of traditional Greek food with a modern twist, in a relaxed, ‘taverna’ setting that includes a street level tavern, first floor public bar, veranda dining and takeaway options.

Guiding the Hotel’s Greek fare will be Josh Pelham, who has worked kitchens in The Press Club and The Square in London, and most recently Northcote’s Estelle.

Melbourne reputedly houses the largest Greek population outside of Greece itself, and the Hellenic approach has proven a big success for Calombaris and McAuley, with its “authentic recipes in a clean, modern style”.

And to complete the Hellenic experience, the Hotel will offer at least 16 varieties of ouzo, and some of the best Hellenic wines intended to “offer an insight into the indigenous varieties and regions”.

Foodservice at the new Hellenic Hotel will be open for lunch and dinner every day.

Hellenic Hotel bar and dining

Hellenic Hotel bar and dining area