Yarraville in Melbourne will be home to a new all-day Greek café and meze bar, Tzaki, opening next month.

The new Athenian spot from former head chef at The Press Club and Hellenic Republic, Alex Xinis will be opened in a small shopfront in Yarraville Village on Ballarat Street.

The Tzaki menu will be centred around woodfired cooking, hence the name, which means fireplace in Greek and is said to be largely inspired by the time Xinis spent living and working in Athens.

He says it will showcase Grecian specialities presented in a Melbourne way.

During the day it will offer takeaway, including Greek pastries like vanilla cream bougatsa (custard pie with phyllo pastry) and savoury lagana bread (Greek flatbread), all cooked in the on-site woodfired oven.

At night, the joint will become a casual 31-seat venue (16 inside and 15 outside).

Some of the expected dishes will be hung, dried and wood-roasted Australian octopus, red mullet with braised chickpeas, and pan-fried smoked metsovone cheese sourced from north-western Greece.

The team will also be pouring Greek wines to match the Athenian cooking.

Tzaki is set to open at 31 Ballarat Street, Yarraville in March.