Time Out says
The push and pull between tradition and newness is electric at Alpha's refurbished digs
Much-loved CBD Greek eatery Alpha looks a little different these days. At its helm is still head chef Peter Conistis, the man behind Greek hotspots of yore Omega and Civic Dining and often heralded as a pioneer in Sydney's Greek dining scene. But it has undergone a multimillion-dollar transformation that promises a new look, new feel and an almost entirely new menu.
Most of Alpha's old dishes have cleared out in order to make room for the new. But a few stalwarts remain: the moussaka with scallops, a slow-roasted lamb, and Conistis's famous spanakopita, with its tissue-paper-light pastry holding the weight of a salty mix of fetta and spinach. New dishes make full use of the recently installed woodfired oven and the larger kitchen – you'll find a suckling lamb on the spit, a pork kontosouvli with cracked potatoes and red wine, eggplant pies and a sea urchin taramosalata served in the shell.
And it's not just the menu that's changed. The old atrium has been transformed into a marble bar, where you can pick from the main menu, or try some meze from a shorter list. The once small kitchen has become an open stage, with any sharp edges and hard surfaces bevelled and curved inwards to create an inviting sense of warmth.
238 Castlereagh St
|Opening hours:||Mon-Fri, noon-11pm; Sat 6-11pm|