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It’s so good I’ll even buy you lunch! Yia Yia’s Lunch at Alpha Sydney

Confession? This is my second dining experience at Alpha.

My first Alpha experience was in August late last year and it wasn’t great. I do need to mention the big elephant in the room… that Alpha has to go head-to-head against my all-time favourite dinner spot (also Greek alumni), The Apollo. To Alpha’s defence, they were already starting on the back foot even before I even stepped through the door (mentally!). To add to the back foot, when I dined at Alpha it was ‘too new’. I walked into the teething period. Staff were untrained and the service hap-hazard – making the first experience not so great.

Six months down the track and second time round I’m in for Yia Yia’s lunch. And, it’s an entirely different experience (proves you can’t judge from a single visit).

Sadly, Yia Yia isn’t serving the food. But in true Greek style – she makes sure there is plenty of food and always on shared platters. You play pass the platters, take what you will and graze slowly. The wine is flowing, and dishes come out one after the other. This equals happy faces and full stomachs.

You’ll be smiles all round as eggplant and hommous dips whet your palate. My advice is to try and restrain yourself from eating too much at the start (the dips can stay on the table for ages). The haloumi with flecks of chilli and roast capsicum is spectacular – get in there early! As a diner who has never seen the appeal of stuffed vine leaves, Alpha’s version, swiftly switches my food-mind. They’re soft, melt-in-the-mouth, in a saffronesce foamy sauce. I’ve instantly #swipedright at first bite. The lamb is truly on another level. Served on the bone, it’s so tender it’s practically falling off and into your mouth.

Basically, put aside at least three hours (at a minimum). Gather a group of mates together and just enjoy a lazy sunday with Yia Yia.

There’s a reason Yia Yia’s the heart of any Greek family. It’s because she sure knows how to cook and keep the troops happy. Alpha’s Yia Yia’s Sunday lunch is just that. Generous modern greek food that warms the soul.

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ALPHA RESTAURANT
238 Castlereagh St
Sydney NSW 2000
P (02) 9098 1111
Yia Yia’s Lunch $55 per person / $95 with matching wines
www.alpharestaurant.com.au

THE GOOK dined as a guest, although there is no obligation to write a review. It’s somewhere I’d gladly recommend and go back to as a paying customer – that’s why it’s here. Any questions, contact me I’d love to hear from you.

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Hi Winter! Hi North Bondi Fish!

Sure, the cold has set in. But by-and-by Sydney, you’re still one smokin’ city. Bondi you’re an absolute babe.

It’s almost winter and I’m sitting at North Bondi Fish, basking in the sun. Soaking in the Vitamin D, red wine in one hand, fork in the other – noshing on the freshest seafood on offer.

This is the life. And it’s hump day. Ok, enough of my banter.

North Bondi Fish exudes three things; an epic view, a clever menu full of seafood stunners (with desserts that delight too) and the people watching is magnificent – a display of the best beach fashion and beach hair ever.

My advice to you, is to pick a warm(ish) winter day (and there’s been a few!). Get your group together, wear your bathers, slip on your best kaftan, then throw on a warm wrap. Wear your Ray Bans (for optimum people-watching), leave the car at home and set aside at least three hours for your long lunch. Now, it HAS to be lunch. If you want to take in the best that North Bondi Fish has to offer, don the dinner. Seriously.

Start with the scallops in chilli and rice wine dressing – you won’t regret these plump rounds. Then move onto anything raw – it’s so fresh, melt in your mouth and perfectly balanced.

Main-wise, YOU MUST (it deserves capitols) order the split king prawns, they are huge, simply grilled with oregano – oh so good. If you’re feeling french, the bouillabasse is generous and served with all the fancy sides. For beauty (and a top instagram snap) go the snapper. It is stunningly beautiful, as well as falling off the bone.

Then finish off with the chocolate delice. It’s caramel and chocolate heaven. Possibly, don’t even share.

If you have room, cleanse your palette with a popsicle. Just because…. Ok, now roll on home.

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THE DEETS YOU WANT TO KNOW

North Bondi Fish
120 Ramsgate Ave
North Bondi NSW 2026
www.northbondifish.com.au

THE GOOK dined as a guest of North Bondi Fish, although there is no obligation to write a review. It’s somewhere I’d gladly recommend and go back to as a paying customer – that’s why it’s here. Any questions, contact me I’d love to hear from you.

North Bondi Fish on Urbanspoon




 
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