Filos Taverna and Bar owner Tim Moustakas shares the influence of his father and Greek upbringing

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Tim Moustakas is the owner of Fillos Taverna and Bar at the Hellenic Club of Canberra in Woden.

Tim recently featured in The Riotact’s ‘Five Minutes With’ series, where he spoke about his cullinary influences and how he has been shaped by his Greek heritage and upbringing.

“I have grown up eating good, clean Greek food all my life, so I really love eating and cooking fresh seafood and lamb – the flavours are just beautiful!” he shared.

When asked what menu item is a “must-try” at Filos, he said it’s the lamb shoulder.

“It’s the best dish in the house. People always come back with positive feedback for it, and it’s our signature dish.

“I would also say our beautiful fresh fish. My dad, who also works with me, is a bit of a perfectionist, so he’ll go and see it with his own eyes and handpick it to make sure we get the best quality seafood to cook in the restaurant.”

Pointing to his relationship with his father, Tim described him as his biggest culinary influence.

“We’ve always been in the kitchen together and even though I’m the boss of the restaurant, he’s still my boss,” he said.

“Ever since I was young, he’s been my idol as he always does everything he can to help me and help me perfect my skills and he is very hard working.

“One of the most important things he taught me was, ‘If you don’t want to eat it, don’t serve it’, and that’s something I’ve always kept in mind.”

Tim also shared his excitement for the current upgrades and development of the Hellenic Club.

“When that extension is completed, I’m planning on introducing a new authentic Greek tavern that will be something that Canberra has never seen, so it’s very exciting for me!”

“I think this extension will be out of this world and the precinct will be a hub for everybody in Canberra with plenty of eateries and entertaining spaces like a cinema, bowling alley and arcade games on offer.”

Source: The Riotact

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