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