LAKES COAST VISITOR GUIDE | PAGE 75 METUNG Some of the businesses that make Metung special Aroma Metung Formerly known as Cafe’ Aroma, new owners, Efthemia and Stellios Savva, are bringing new life to this popular café, under the new name of Aroma Metung. Having run a pizza wine bar in Hawthorn for many years, Stellios said he and Efthemia made the sea change from Melbourne about 18 months ago to escape the “fast pace and smog”. A weekend trip to Metung, two years prior, had opened their eyes to the lifestyle they could be leading. Staying nearby, Stellios and Efthemia ate at Café Aroma and were pleased with what was on offer. “We absolutely loved it!” said Efthemia. In fact, Efthemia said she and her husband thought the coffee was so great, they decided to buy the café! “Melbourne coffee has a reputation for being good, and the coffee at Aroma was just as good,” she said. “I could drink it without sugar, so that was the test.” Sharing a Greek heritage, both are keen to introduce Greek dishes to the menu. Ouzo shots are in the pipeline, as are a variety of popular Greek plates, including lamb, moussaka, fresh local seafood, Greek salads, and even slow-cooked goat. Efthemia’s father was a chef on a Greek Island before arriving in Australia, and taught his daughter the traditional way of making Tzatziki, which Stellios describes as “the best Tzatziki in the world”. Fish and chips will also be on the Aroma Metung menu, along with extended lunch and cake menus, and more healthy options, including fresh juices. Fully licenced, Aroma Metung is open for dinner on Fridays and Saturdays, as well as breakfast and lunch seven days a week. House of Yoga Poeta Hope, owner and yoga teacher at House of Yoga, Metung is dedicated to ensuring everyone can access the vast benefits of yoga, at any stage of their lives. Nestled amongst the gums and an established native garden, this yoga studio offers a variety of classes and yoga styles, all of which are designed to evoke balance and peace. For more information or bookings, call 03 4823 8888 or visit the House of Yoga website at houseof.yoga The Little Red Bucket The Little Red Bucket brings a little piece of Italy to Metung. Owners, Denice and David Lombardo, are passionate about traditional Italian tastes, and in their store you’ll find a fine selection of pre-prepared, packaged takeaway ingredients and meals, including handmade pasta, sauces, pesto, pizza and great gnocchi. You’ll also find their products at some local stores and markets. Check The Little Red Bucket Facebook page for more information. House of Yoga’s sunlit studio. The Little Red Bucket’s David & Denice. Metung Holiday Villas Recently upgraded with new furniture and linen – and just a quick walk from the village centre – the villas at Metung Holiday Villas are fully self-contained, with reverse-cycle air-conditioning, fully-equipped kitchens and private balconies with outdoor settings. There’s also a playground, swimming pool and a splash pool for the little ones. Find out more at metungholidayvillas.com RE/MAX Genesis Real Estate RE/MAX Genesis opened in Metung in March 2022. Co-owner Monja Schoeman describes Metung as a “very special village” that epitomises Gippsland’s lakeside lifestyle, with a “year-round holiday vibe”. Monja and husband Daniel also own the Lakes Entrance RE/MAX Genesis office, giving them access to a wide pool of potential local buyers, sellers and renters in the East Gippsland region. More at remaxgenesis.com.au The pool at Metung Holiday Villas. Efthemia and Stellios Savva, the owners of Aroma Metung.