Filos and Yiros by Brika: love at first bite

It was love at first bite.

Slow-cooked lamb, tomato, onion, tzatziki and chips all wrapped up in the fluffiest of pita breads, I was definitely in a happy place.

Satisfying lovers of the humble Greek kebab since August, Filos and Yiros by Brika is a genius move by owner Simon Psaros.

On the bustling Stirling Street strip, Brika has been putting a smile on the dial of diners for more than two years and their hole-in-the-wall take-away joint is no different.

Hiked up on a wooden bench table with Greek music softly playing in the background, the only thing missing was a carafe of crisp white while I waited in anticipation for the esteemed yiros.

Truth be known I enjoy a yiros or two, and while most of the enjoyment has come from Greek eateries over east, this one hit the mark and was up there with some of the best I have had.

Filos and Yiros’ menu is simple, cheap and split into three categories: five choices of filos (filo pastry treats) spankopita (spinach), tiropita (cheese), kotopita (chicken), loukanikopita (sausage), bougatsa (custard) ($7-$8), four choice of yiros (kebabs) lamb, chicken, pork, vege ($10-$11) and four sides haloumi, Greek salad, Cypriot salad and patates ($8-$10).

You can also pick up baklava and if you need a cheeky pick-me-up, a shot of Greek coffee will set you back $3.50, but back to the yiros, after all it is what I came for.

My pita, light and fluffy, formed the perfect blanket to wrap the slow-cooked lamb, which nestled the tomato and onion and was topped off with a good drizzle of their delicious tzatziki.

The kicker though, is the crispy chips atop the lamb, as if they have always belonged there – seriously good.

If lamb is not your thing though, then the chicken, pork (rotisserie cooked over charcoal) or vego option might be the way to go.

A visit to Filos and Yiros is as close to a Hellenic experience here in Perth – even if it is missing Stavros, white plates and the deep blue seas of Mykonos – Opa!

Originally published for communitynews.com.au

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