Rising through the ashes of the old Phoenix Hotel, Pheonix is putting an upmarket spin on Hellenic food in Woollahra. With a contemporary Mediterranean menu ranging from small bites to larger filling mains and a killer cocktail list we were very eager to pop in.
Carried A Watermelon $18
A delicious little cocktail to start the night. Using premium Don Julio Tequila, shaken with a hint of sweetness and garnished with fresh mint, this refreshing cocktail is served with a salted rim.
Mezzethes Plate $17
A great plate to snack on while waiting for your substantial’s or simply one to graze on while enjoying a few beverages with friends and family. Layered with delicious salamis, cheese, prosciutto and olives the plate comes with some crusty bread to enjoy with.
Chorizo with Romesco $12
A beautiful starter packed full of flavour to get those taste buds going. The chorizo itself was soft and meaty with big flavour from the garlic and chilli. The romesco was the perfect accompaniment, complimenting the big spicy flavour of the sausage.
Beef Carpaccio $16
One of my favourite starters, the paper thin beef simply melted in your mouth followed by the sharp and zingy taste of the dressing.
Haloumi with Fig, Ouzo and Black Pepper $13
Always a staple order if it’s on the menu, it’s surprisingly hard to get haloumi right. If it’s not served straight away it gets hard and rubbery. Thankfully the staff at Pheonix have their heads screwed on delivering hot and gooey.
Char Grilled Marinated Baby Octopus $15
A definite nod to the Mediterranean culture of the menu, the octopus was perfectly caramelised with a light crisping on the outside sealing in the tender meat on the inside. Perfect simply with a squeeze of lemon.
Lamb Gyros $17
I really didn’t expect this to fit the vibe of the restaurant, but once I took a bite I knew it was a keeper. The tender lamb pieces were super succulent going hand in hand with the soft grilled pita bread. The fresh tomato and onion balanced out the heartiness of it all, while the accompanying chips and tzatziki acted as a much welcomed bonus.
Crab Angel Hair Pasta $25
I’ve never been a big fan of angel hair pasta as it reminds me too much of Asian noodles, however in spite of this the dish was quite good. The rich tomato base sauce was full of sweet crab meat that coated the silky strands perfectly.
My all time favourite Greek desert! These golden puffed delights were perfect, with a crispy outer shell encasing a soft airy dough centre. Add to that a generous drenching in syrup, ice cream and a sprinkling of nuts and you’d need a crow bar to pry me off them.
We had a great meal at Phoenix, and it wasn’t just due to the delectable food. With it’s fun, friendly and casual atmosphere its no wonder why locals frequent this place so often. An eastern suburbs gem, I would definitely suggest giving it a try.
1 Moncur Street,
Woollahra, NSW 2025
2 Hungry Guys dined as a guest