For a venue that’s called No Name, No Name in Oakleigh has developed quite a name for itself thanks to its delicious, hearty cuisine.
Situated in Eaton Mall, the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner and serves predominately Italian fare, with some Greek additions.
The no-nonsense interiors ooze class, and with 90-odd items on the menu, including pizza, pasta, meat dishes and seafood, patrons are spoilt for choice.
It is the perfect place to relax with friends, enjoy a mid-afternoon wine and share a small plate of chargrilled octopus with olives and lemon wedges, or lamb and dill arancini with citrus yoghurt.
The reef and beef is a top-seller, and features 450g of grain-fed rib eye, king prawns and scallops with mashed potato, seasonal greens and cream red wine jus.
Need an iron fix? Try the meat tower for two, which includes lamb, chicken and pork skewers, lamb cutlets, scotch fillet, loukaniko (Greek sausages), Greek salad and chips with dipping sauce.
For something deliciously decadent, indulge in the four cheese gnocchi, with gorgonzola, brie, cheddar and parmesan, topped off with cream sauce.
The desserts are worth a visit alone, with inclusions such as layered baklava ice cream, and No Name chocolate lava cake with Turkish delight and tahini.
So how does a restaurant end up with a title like No Name?
Owner Kon Tangalakis opened No Name five years ago, having been in the industry for two decades.
The day the restaurant opened, he had registered eight names, and planned to run a competition among customers to choose the winning title.
From the moment the doors opened, the restaurant was busy, and by the mid-afternoon, word was spreading about the new venue in Oakleigh with “no name”.
“It happened by default,” Mr Tangalakis said.
“Everyone was on social media talking about this place with no name.
“Having a marketing background, I just jumped on the idea and we said there’s the name, No Name.”
No Name is open from 7am-10.30pm, seven days a week, and can accommodate 120 people, with outdoor seating in the mall. There is a private function room available for up to 20 people.
All images courtesy of restaurantwithnoname.com.au