Another Friday night of fun eating, this time at Alpha, Sydney CBD. This Greek restaurant is located on Castlereagh Street and though relatively new, it is super popular already! Bookings are highly recommended, especially on a busy night like Friday. I actually knew nothing of this restaurant until recently despite it's popularity...though I think I might have been out of the food loop for a while. So how did I come to know of it? Well...let me tell you a story.
One night, I was doing a survey about cars, and one of the questions asked me to list brands of the most expensive cars I could think of. I went with the usual Porsche and Ferrari however there was one I couldn't remember the name of. I only remembered that the name had the word ALPHA in it, or so I thought. So I popped that into my Google bar and what do you know, I found Alpha Romeo and underneath, Alpha Restaurant! I looked at it, I liked it, I had a feeling about it. To be honest, after a little research, I was even more excited to see the interior of the restaurant than I was about the food! So that was the story. Heh.
Now back to dinner. So when I arrived at Alpha, Mel had not arrived yet so I decided to do a little bit of sight seeing around restaurant. I have to say, I loved every inch of it.
Mm..let me try to describe the interior design to you so you can visualise it. Imagine walking into a huge, dimly lit restaurant with ceilings high as the sky, tall white pillars, and whitewashed walls carved with Greek inscriptions. I wish I could read the inscriptions...that would be so cool. Those walls were so beautiful I actually went over to touch them. See the wall above? Yup, I had my fingers aaaalllll over it. Something about the lighting and the layout of the restaurant made it feel like I was in a secret tomb...looking for treasure!
While admiring the restaurant, Mel arrived. We were seated promptly, and just as promptly ordered our food as we were famished! Many of the menu items looked delicious, but we decided on just a few of our faaaavourite things! Or at least things that included our favourite things.
So what did we start of with? The Taramosalata . It was a white cod roe's dip which was very tasty and so perfectly creamy. See those pita bread slices behind? First of all, I would highly recommend getting them. Secondly, we found one serving to be plenty for the two us. But you might know better and order more because there were loads of other delicious sounding dips you might want to try! We really liked the the pita breads. They were warm, fluffy and pan fried with a little bit of olive oil. The subtleness of the pita bread paired perfectly with he saltiness of the dip. Oh, did I mention that they were really generous with the cod roe?
Did I mention that our dishes came out really quickly? I hardly had time to ask Mel how her day was! Literally, mid conversation we were presented with this beautiful plate, the Moussaka of Eggplant. When I saw it on the menu, I knew it was a must. We both love our eggplants, and this dish definitely deserved a lot of love. The eggplant was nicely charred and crispy on the inside, yet super fluffy and moist on the inside. It literally melted in the mouth when we bit into it. It was topped with chunks of fresh tomato salsa, and you might be thinking, what are those white discs? They were seared scallops! They were chilling on top of a big fat dollop of natural yoghurt which was surprisingly a really tasty combination. This was our favourite dish of the evening!
Next came our Spanakopita, a huge spinach pie filled with leeks, feta and other dill.
I must say, though aesthetically pleasing, that was where the pleasing ended. I thought that the filling was bland and the pastry dry.
However, we were really really impressed with their service, even from the beginning. Our waitreess was attentive, our cups never ran dry and she even quartered the spinach pie for us!
Then came what Mel was really looking forward to, the wagyu beef keftedes with tomato salsa on the side. These balls of fury were really tasty. They were deep fried, which tasted particularly good with the coriander yoghurt they were sitting on. I personally liked having the balls with the salsa, as I found it refreshing, but I think Mel preferred them alone.
Despite being very full by the end of our mains, our oh mega bellies, knew they wanted dessert, heh.
We were a little hung up on which dessert to choose, but Mel wanted the Loukoumades, so we got that. We were presented with a plate of eight gloriously fried doughnut balls topped with candied walnut ice cream (we ordered two scoops), spiced honey syrup and crushed pistachios. I think Mel made a great choice because this was the best Loukoumades I had ever tried. The walnut ice cream was a unique flavour of ice cream to put with the dougnhuts balls (usually they they are served with vanilla ice cream), but surprisingly it went really well! I guess it made it taste really special. Oh and the spice honey syrup was like liquid gold.
We left Alpha, happy as clams and rolled over to another venue.