Oikos 15/20 382 Broadway, Miramar 022 4800 170, oikos.co.nz Dinner Tues-Sat Sharing dishes $12-$18
SEVERAL OF THE MOST memorable (and delicious) meals of my life to date have involved Greek food. Some of them took place a decade ago, on a tiny Greek island where I was looking after dogs for a tyrannical English woman. Others were at a family-run restaurant in London, where the matriarch counted the cash after service and an ancient band of brothers did the serving. But when news broke that a new Greek restaurant was opening in Wellington, my heart sank. The last Greek joint to grace the city was not a glowing example of Hellenic cuisine and I feared the new kid on the block would be more of the same.
Three things gave me hope before I made it through the doors of Oikos, which is tucked into a small strip of suburban shops in Strathmore (that’s near the airport, for visitors from out of town). Firstly, it’s part-owned by the proprietors of The Greek Food Truck, purveyors of delicious souvlaki that are the closest thing I’ve found to the perfect pork gyros I loved so much in Greece. Secondly, it soon transpired that it was near impossible to get a table. And thirdly, chef-owner Theo