Like many large clubs, the Woden Hellenic Club as a few different restaurants. There’s the Bistro, for a simple and family-friendly roast dinner; the Trattoria, for pretty good Italian food, and the Taverna, for Greek food, which does not interest me. Our destination on this blustery evening was Ginseng, the Chinese restaurant. Chinese food in a Greek club? You bet, and pretty darn tasty it was.
We started off with Kirin draught beer and soup: short for the Mr. and long for me. Both featured rich, obviously homemade and extremely chickeny broths that soothed us nicely.
Main dish #1 was honey-pepper fillet steak. Unlike most versions of this dish at lesser restaurants, this iteration had detectable honey rather than sugar, and the pepper did not overwhelm. The steak was meltingly tender and richly flavored.
Main #2 was something unique in my experience: garlic pork chops. See the photo below? Yes, those little bits are chunks of sizzling crispy garlic. I can say with certainty, that no Italian nonna, no Provençal grand-mère, has ever produced a dish as primally garlicky as this. It begins with the aroma of garlic wafting up at you, and it seduces you through every bite of the slightly fatty pork. It’s worth the smelly burps later on, in spades. (Mind you, if anyone said that I, like the Grinch, had “garlic in my soul“, I’d take it as a great compliment.)
The Hellenic Club is open to members only. Join up, it’s a good deal.