MasterChef Philip Vakos’ foodie hotspot in Swan St, Richmond!

‘Gringlish’ is our own take on Greek Food & Lifestyle, it’s Greek flavours, meeting Melbourne food culture!

Greek food is traditionally enjoyed ‘together’ with family and friends. As such, ‘Bahari’ embodies this philosophy and presents a shared menu; encouraging people to try an assortment of share-plates throughout their dining experience.

With an ever changing 'specials' menu -  guests can try something a little different each time they visit. With Upstairs now open, visitors can enjoy a drink before or after they dine, as well as enjoy the menu in new surroundings!

  • Lunch & Dinner (see opening hours)

  • Express Lunch on Thursdays & Fridays

  • Great for small or larger groups

  • Private Dining available (min spends apply, see below)

  • Upstairs Venue available for specials events

  • Offsite Catering (Gringlish C0); Homes & Select Venues

Visit to enquire or, for more information on Catering & Events.


Bookings are recommended & can now be made online. Phone bookings available also.

We generally have two sittings, an early dinner (6’ish), and a later dinner (8’ish).

All bookings must be confirmed by guests when we email or sms you!

Without confirmation, bookings cannot be upheld.

CAKES, are only allowed with prior clearance, a flat cakeage fee of $45 per cake applies.

Alternatively, we can pop a candle on our daily - house made desserts for you! Or call us prior, and we can make a Baklava cake for your occasion - just ask!

For larger group bookings (27+), please email us!

We are NOT BYO.

For Events Upstairs, or for catering & events enquiries >



(03) 9427 7898


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bahari at home

Having a dinner at home, catering for a small group of people, or planning a larger buffet style function? We got this!!! Click below to see what is available for pre-order and pick up, you’re sorted!


Bahari UPSTAIRS is now open, and available as an event space for both cocktail and seated occasions.

Bahari’s catering arm - The Gringlish Co, manages this space, and can also assist with catering at other venues or at home.

For any event or catering enquiries, please complete this form > ENQUIRY. **Please allow 3 - 5 days for processing your enquiry.

Please visit for more information. Check out a recent featured event here!

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The space can accommodate guests for a cocktail style event. Perimeter seating is included, along with your own private entrance, bathrooms and a courtyard. A fully equipped bar is also available, as well as our #gringlish roaming canapes!

Minimum spends apply.



Roaming Gringlish canapes are on offer for our standing events; with Greek flavours meeting the Melbourne food and events scene. Our staff assist with service, and our team will work with you to decide on the perfect menu for your guests!

Minimum spends apply.



We can cater for seated events, with our #gringlish share-style banquet menus. We welcome any size group, and can cater for up to 45 seated guests. Menus change seasonally, and can be tailored to meet the needs of your event!

Minimum spends apply.

Want an exclusive space? Ask us about our 7.30pm guest arrival (Fri & Sat nights!) and secure the entire second sitting, all to yourselves! **Minimum spends apply**

Here’s Philip, as seen on Channel 10’s Everyday Gourmet with Justine Schofield


Bahari is 4 years young and in this time Philip, along with wife Heleena, have made this little space a sought after 'foodie' destination in Melbourne. This cosy and intimate space enables Philip the freedom to really express his palate, by constantly reinventing the way traditional Greek food is enjoyed by his guests; whilst still paying respect to its origins.

About Philip >

Having grown up in Tasmania, and spending hours in the kitchen with two Cretan grandmothers, Philip was taught that balancing spice in Greek food was a fine art, ‘Keep it simple, but keep them guessing’ they said. Philip studied accounting at the University of Tasmania, and as a result, working the 9-5. However, Philip continuously found himself being pulled into food.

In 2010, when his application into MasterChef was successful, he finally found his calling; and decided to move to Melbourne. He has spent many hours raising money for charities such as the 'Make a Wish Foundation', 'A Fighting Chance' and 'The National Breast Cancer Foundation'.

In addition to charitable events, Philip has entertained audiences with cooking demonstrations at high profile events, such as; The Lonsdale Street Greek Festival, The Moonee Valley Festival, Pooley’s Vineyard in Tasmania, The Sustainable Living Expo, The Prahran Market, The Darwin Glenti, The Estia Festival & The Oakleigh Greek Glendi, to name a few!

Philip has also made many media appearances since MasterChef, hosting food segments on shows such as Tasmania’s SEA FM radio, and often appearing on Everyday Gourmet on Channel 10.

His charismatic nature, and confidence in front of an audience, has also opened doors to product endorsement opportunities such as; Chris’ Dips, Craft Athens Lager & Matador BBQ.

For any opportunities - festivals, cooking classes, brand endorsements/collaborations - email;

Follow Philip - @philipvakos /

Watch some videos below -

Contact Us

(03) 9427 7898


Tues-Wed 5pm - 10pm

Thu 12pm - 3pm/ 5pm–10pm
Fri 12pm - 3pm/ 5pm–11pm
Sat 12pm - 3.30pm/ 5pm–11pm

Sun 12pm - 3.30pm/ 5pm–10pm

Upstairs / Fri & Sat 5pm-11pm

Events & Catering


177 - 179 Swan Street, Richmond
Melbourne, VIC, 3121

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