July 17, 2002
This award-winning Greek restaurant opened at a quiet intersection in the middle of Cairns in 1993, and has been serving tasty food prepared from old-world recipes passed down from several generations of the same family. The decor of the dining room looks like an authentic, typical restaurant found in Greece. A large fish tank welcomes you upon entering the romantically lit restaurant. There is blue trim around the windows and the cozy candlelit tables have wooden chairs. It is a charming and welcoming look, not kitschy.
My friend and I shared an appetizer sampler plate, with three different spreads (including hummus) served with fresh crusty bread. The house entree specialty is char-grilled octopus. I enjoyed the tender grilled lamb with onions and pita on the side. The serving of baklava was the most ornate I have ever seen, as it is constructed with sweet delicate curls of phyllo dough.
On Friday and Saturday evenings, there are belly dancers to entertain the diners at Yanni's. Otherwise, have a beer or wine and enjoy the tasty Greek food.
From journal Bill in Australia - CAIRNS and QUEENSLAND