Mavs Greek Restaurant in Geelong has been recognised in two categories at the Restaurant & Catering Australia (R&CA) Hostplus Awards for Excellence.

For a second consecutive year Mavs was crowned the best Greek Restaurant in Victoria and Tasmania, while also taking home the award for Best Family Dining.

Owner and head chef, Milton Mavromoustakos is highly honoured and cannot believe they’ve been considered the best Greek venue in Vic not once but twice now.

“To win Best Greek Restaurant for a second year in a row, it’s an unbelievable achievement,” he told Neos Kosmos.

“Unbelievable, because I believe there is a lot of nice Greek restaurants, especially in Melbourne.”

Mavs opened six years ago, which was a risk because no other Greek restaurant to open in Geelong had succeeded before.

They now run as the only Greek restaurant in Geelong, which they feel as if they are representing Greece.

One of their signature dishes, Kleftiko, which means ‘stolen’ and originates from a meal made in the mountains by thieves who needed to cook without being seen. They would place lamb on coals in a hole and cover it up while it cooked. Photo: Mavs Greek Restaurant/Facebook

They pride themselves on serving fresh, homemade Greek cuisine with some of the signature dishes including charcoal octopus, moussaka, saganaki and gyros.

The award for Best Family Dining was amongst all, not just Greeks, so for them to win, Mavromoustakos says it’s a massive achievement.

Next up for Mavs will be the national awards in November, where last year, they took home a bronze award.

Mavs is the Mavromoustakos’ family’s main venue, located at 73A Little Malop Street, Geelong, and right next door they also own a desert bar named LoukouMADNESS Greek Desserts.

There is also a sister restaurant called Souva Bar, located in Belmont, and there are plans for another Souva Bar to open in Drysdale.

The runner ups for Best Greek Restaurant in Vic/Tas were Alatonero on the Mornington Peninsula and Nikos Tavern in Ringwood East.

For the other states in the Greek category, the winner for Queensland and NT was Yamas Greek & Drink in West End, while in NSW, the nominees are Alpha Restaurant, Sydney, Jaaks Restaurant and Bar, Kyle Bay and Koutouki in Leichardt.