Is this Sydney’s best Greek restaurant?
Alpha Restaurant, is a stylish and vibrant venue located on Castlereagh Street in the Hellenic Club of Sydney. Fantastically set out, Alpha creates your favourite traditional classic’s and modern contemporary Greek dishes all designed to be shared among family and friends. The wine list has been hand picked combining Australian and Greek wines to complement your meal. We were lucky enough to win a voucher to dine here, being the lucky winners of a Instagram post competition. Isn’t it fun when you win!?
Alpha Restaurant is a large open plan restaurant with wooden floor boards, exposed raw brick walls and a cracked ancient stone feature wall with Greek writing. The furniture selected is stylish and sleek matched with comfortable pillows all in natural, soothing tones. A New York Soho meets Greek islands look and feel that creates a wonderful atmosphere of casual and fancy.
We dined on Yiayia’s Table Banquet ($55pp) which showcases a selection of the chef’s favourite dishes. Designed for larger groups.
This home made pitta bread was soft and slightly charred giving it a smoky flavour. Spiced with Ancient Greek herbs and drizzled in olive oil. A perfect platform for the delicious accompanying dips.
Trio of Dips – Taramosalata (white cod’s roe dip), Melitzanosalata (smoked eggplant dip), Organic Chickpea Hommous (Tahini, garlic, extra virgin olive oil) – a perfect starting course to whet our palette.
Haloumi Saganaki, Ouzo, Lemon, Oregano
Deliciously soft, gooey and warm on the inside and crispy on the outdise. The fact that they served this dish on a scorching hot plate kept the cheese warm preventing it from going to rubber. The Haloumi was swimming in a tangy puddle of lemon, chilly, oregegan and oil. Topped with sweet, cherry tomatoes for a nice balance of flavour and dash of colour.
Spanakopita – Spinach Pie, Leeks, Fetta, Dill
Cut table side by your waitress or waiter for you. The flaky pastry was filled with fresh spinanch and melted fetta. Not as good as my Yiayia’s, but pretty damn good. The pastry was perfectly crispy and not at all soggy.
Greek Spiced Slow Roasted Lamb Shoulder, Roast Potatoes, Tzatziki
We have eaten at Alpha a couple of times and I can tell you that their lamb keeps getting better and better since they first opened their doors. And of course, they now have one chefs hat to prove it. The lamb was so tender and succulent that you are given a spoon only to scoop it off the bone. Packed full of flavour and roasted in the same dish as the roast potatoes which are like fingers of crispy, flavoursome, lemony chunks of fun. Finished off with blob of creamy garlicily tzatiki.
Horiatiki Salad, Tomatoes, Cucumbers, Peppers, Red Onions, Olives, Fetta
You wont find a shred of lettuce in this salad! This is a traditional Greek salad, just the way it should be served with a handful of ingredients and a nice fat slab of crumbly feta cheese sitting on top. Delicious!
Take a chance and get a nice cup of traditional Greek coffee. Ordered sweet with one sugar. The strong aromatic shot is enough to keep you up for hours but watch out for the sludge at the bottom of the cup. Its strong!
Loukoumades – Doughnuts, Spiced Honey Syrup, Candied Walnut Ice Cream
Like little dough balls of heaven. These golden, crispy puffs are altogether light as air and heavy and sweet at the same time. Balanced out with a large ball of walnut ice cream and drizzled in honey syrup. A perfect ending meal to a sensational banquet meal.
Alpha Restaurant brings me back to my roots and I love dining here. This place is perfect for large groups, parties and casual gatherings with friends and family. The banquet meal is designed to be shared and for $55 is very well valued and left us feeling very satisfied.
We cant wait to go back.
238 Castlereagh Street,
CBD, Sydney, NSW