During his recent visit to Australia promoting Nissos Beer, founder Alexandros Kouris, told me Alpha Restaurant produced the best Greek food he had in Sydney. Sliding into the stately restaurant, that simultaneously summons monumental history and lazy days by the seashore, I start to see why.
All Good Things Eatery
If Devon and Cornersmith had a love child, this is what it would look like. Between their chosen font, the distressed furniture – down to a wooden ladder leaning against the wall housing pepper shakers - and old-fashioned light switches linked to caged Edison bulbs, nearly all the hipster clichés are covered.
Food News – Fresh Fodder
Dips sure have come a long way since my Mother used to greet guests with a jar of corn relish stirred through a carton of sour cream. Fresh Fodder, coming out of Orange in Central NSW, recently sent me a hamper, convinced it’d change my mind about Taramosalata [RRP $4.50/200g].
The Eastern has grown up: El Topo, Chimmi’s and The Publican offer relaxed dining and drinks, while Anatoli is sophisticated, with elegant Greek food in a fine dining setting. As the middle child, it’s a little neglected, but it could have been the rain - Greek food is great for cold nights!
Snaffling a table on the coveted balcony, I take in the streetscape that’s inspired fan pages like My Love Affair With Newtown. Truth be told, I’ve got my own slew of memories in this venue, but the new Keith Richards Coconut Incident ($18) melds with them nicely. (Blue drinks slugged from bottles never tasted this fine when I was a teenager.)