I love Greek food but must admit it’s a cuisine I rarely eat. So when Alpha opened up in the CBD I rallied a posse of foodie ladies to try it out, and then bought my family back for a birthday several weeks later.
When Wasamedia contacted me to try out Alpha’s newly launched Saturday lunch menu I jumped at the chance. Another opportunity to try the delicious Greek offerings!
Alpha is located in a large and airy space on the ground floor of the Hellenic Club and boasts high ceilings and an impressive carved wall.
Most of the delicious meals we sample today are from Yia Yia’s menu which costs $55/person.
To start we sample some pita bread with Taromosalata (white cod’s roe dip) and Melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant dip).
Next up was the moreish Chickpea Falafels with coriander yoghurt and Baked Kalamata Olives.
I LOVE Spanakopita, which is a spinach and fetta pie, and this one did not disappoint. The crisp and flakey filo pastry contrasted well against the spinach, leek, fetta and dill filling.
Haloumi is pretty much my favourite thing in the world, and this dish is ONLY available in Yia Yia’s banquet. The Haloumi Saganaki is baked with ouzo, lemon and oregano, and yes it is heaven.
The Ouzo Cured Ocean Trout with a Fennel, Orange, Watercress and Sumac Onion Salad was scoffed quickly by my seafood-loving friends and I have on good authority that it was delicious.
Octopus Twice Cooked with spinach, white beans and red wine vinaigrette.
Eggplant Stack with Taramosolato and grilled scallops.
The Greek Spiced Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder with Lemon Roast Potatoes and Tzatziki was one of the highlights of the meal for me – the lamb was tender and flavourful and the roast potatoes were crispy and well seasoned. (and there appears to be a ghost in the top left hand corner of my photo).
This is my kind of salad – one served with a slab of cheese on top! The Horiatiki Salad comes with tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, red onions, olives and a VERY generous piece of fetta.
And for dessert? Greek doughnuts of course! Known as Loukomades, they are served with a spiced honey syrup and a candied walnut ice cream. I have ordered them every time I come here.
Alpha is a great post-work dinner option in the city, and now with their launch of the Saturday lunch menu, you have even more reasons to give it a try!
Alpha Restaurant is located at 238 Castlereagh Street, Sydney.
Love Swah dinned as a guest of Alpha and Wasamedia