In a former life, David Tsirekas was a swimming and water polo coach – worlds away from his current career in food.
After being offered a partnership in his sister’s restaurant, Tsirekas stepped into the kitchen and begun his journey as a chef.
Now, he heads up Nostimo, The Greek Club‘s signature restaurant in Brisbane, which prides itself on “authentically delicious Greek cuisine with a generous helping of exceptional Greek hospitality”.
To find his inspiration for cooking, Tsirekas read books on the history of the Hellenic Republic where he found answers about how Greek food evolved from ancient times to now.
“My mother’s love for cooking and feeding as many people as she can is also another inspiration,” he says.
Ultimately, Tsirekas describes his food philosophy as being a combination of grandma’s traditions and the generations that follow, to create an innovative evolution of Greek cuisine.
Highlights from the menu at Nostimo include the Prawn Manti, Greek style dumplings with prawn filling served with carrot puree, candied walnuts, burnt butter currant dressing; BBQ Octopus, charred with pickled vegetables and warmed split pea puree; and Lamb Skaras, lamb forequarter pieces cooked on charcoal grill, wilted spinach, herb yoghurt.
Another highlight of the restaurant is the on-site herb garden, which welcomes guests at the entrance to Nostimo.
Tsirekas says “every Greek herb under the sun” is in there, including thyme, basil, parsley, rosemary, sage, oregano and even green cherry tomatoes.
When asked about the one ingredient Tsirekas couldn’t live without, the answer was: garlic.
“That smell of sautéing garlic in butter or olive oil is always comforting,” he says.
Nostimo is not only a popular haunt for Brisbane diners, it’s also a leading event and private dining destination for corporate groups. The restaurant’s private dining space can host intimate groups of up to 12 people, with menus tailored to suit all tastes.
For larger events, The Greek Club is home to one of Brisbane’s leading event venues with 11 versatile spaces to cater for groups of up to 800 guests or more.
Find out more about The Greek Club and Nostimo here.