I’m a bit embarrassed to admit this, but I have a thing for Stalactites’ fish soup. It is a lemon rice soup (and I add extra lemon) with fish. Every now and then, usually sometime between midnight and 3am, I get the craving and I just need to have it! It often occurs after a particularly long and trying day. It is my comfort food – tasty, easy to digest and $9.50! And available anytime because Stalactites is open 24 hours.
Stalactites’ most popular food is take-away souvlaki. It does a roaring trade as the nightclubs close. Oh, and also after the tennis. Greek-Cypriot tennis player, Marcos Baghdatis, famously dropped in after playing at the Australian Open.
You might wonder about naming a Greek restaurant Stalactites. Check out the mock stalactite ceiling!! What can I say? It’s like putting a pink tutu on a chihuahua – some things just shouldn’t happen. This is certainly not fine dining – but it is a Melbourne icon. The Konstandakopoulos family has owned and operated the restaurant for more than 30 years. Good on ‘em I say. And thanks for all the fish…soup.