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Alpha Restaurant, Sydney

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Alpha Restaurant, Sydney
It’s always a struggle to find a place that’s suitable for group dining that’s relatively inexpensive, especially in Sydney CBD. Having travelled around Greece and the Greek islands, I’ve noticed that Greek cuisine is catered for meals best shared amongst a group. The dining space and ambience of Alpha Restaurant, Sydney, exudes a corporate vibe during weekdays and a more relaxed space for their Sunday lunches. I love the large stone walls and the high ceiling which reminds me of Athens. Since this place has opened it’s doors, I’ve been twice, each time I had Yia Yia’s Table menu #1 ($55pp) and #2 ($65pp). Yia Yia is grandmother in Greek and she sure puts up a good spread! The below is items from Yia Yia’s Table menu #2 which has a few extra dishes than #1. 
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Pita bread
Taramosalata, white cod’s roe dip
Melitzanosalata, smoked eggplant dip
Warm pita bread drizzled in lemon olive oil, smeared with lashings of creamy and slightly briny taramasolata which was addictive to consume. The melitzanosalata was more like a relish rather than a dip with smokey strips of tangy eggplant. 

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Swine & Co, Sydney

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Swine & Co, Sydney CBD
Double date dinners with my best friend usually involve steak as he’s allergic to crustaceans and doesn’t like seafood.. so when I heard that Swine & Co had taken over the space where Bavarian Bier Cafe used to be on O’Connell street, it was an easy decision given it was so close to his workplace. Walking past the bar, we headed down the stairs, past the 'pleased to meat you' sign (I love puns!) into the dimly lit dining space. It felt like we had just gone through initiation into a secret underground society filled with delicious smells from the open kitchen. I even spied a suckling pig rotating on the rotisserie as we were shown to our table. Upon being seated, we were given a complimentary bread basket which was freaking amazing! I don’t know if it was because we were starving but even after our food had arrived, we continued to polish off all the offerings in the bread basket. There was rye, sourdough, flat bread and grissini. Loved their lightly salted house-baked grissini; we even fought over the last one haha. 
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Complimentary amuse bouche 
These were devoured instantly :D little cubic globules of fatty, melt in your mouth tuna tartare atop a quail egg yolk and truffle shavings on a mini toast.
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Black pudding, Harvey Bay scallops, foie gras, lime caviar and quinoa $22
Crisp pig’s tail, pine puree, grapes, pickled mushrooms and pistachio $19
Never been a huge fan of black pudding but this was actually quite nice with the seared scallops. The pig’s tail was served flat and was like a super thin crispy crackling. Really enjoyed this with the earthy pine nut puree.  

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Danjee, Sydney CBD

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Danjee - Sydney CBD
A refreshing welcome to the Korean dining scene found in the alleyway near the George St cinemas is Danjee, Sydney CBD, headed by Peter Jo. The space is modern yet retaining a touch of tradition from the Joseon dynasty, definitely more upmarket than the typical Korean BBQ restaurant found in nearby “Koreatown” on Pitt St. Here you’ll find a diversity of flavours showcasing creative sophistication in Korean cuisine. 
Saeng seon hwae - raw salmon, king fish served with cho go chu jang $8
We started off with an entree size from the daily seafood menu. Fresh slices of salmon and king fish sashimi with a spritz of lemon juice and dipped into the cho go chu jang. I’ve always liked the taste of go chu jang, a slightly sweet hot pepper paste used in a lot of Korean cooking and goes beautifully with many savoury dishes. 
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Nu rung ji salad - roast pumpkin, grilled zucchini, crispy rice $6
I loved the subtle nutty crunchiness of the puffed rice laced with the creamy sesame dressing tossed together among the roast pumpkin slices, grilled zucchini, cherry tomatoes and salad leaves. I was surprised when the boy exclaimed that this was the best salad he’s eaten and helped himself to many servings!
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Ko gi jeon - sesame leaf, green chilli, and beef wan ja jeon $13

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Jones the grocer - Westfield, Sydney

Jones the Grocer - Westfield, Sydney
Nestled inside Westfield Sydney, Jones the Grocer is a gourmet food emporium, restaurant and bakery. The restaurant is jazzy chic with a large open kitchen opposite their bar/lounge area.image
Salt & pepper squid, yuzu mayonnaise, Thai herb salad dressed with tamarind, chilli and lime sauce
gf $18
Beloka sparkling mineral water 750ml $7
Parker’s organic sparkling apple & lime juice $5.5
It’s hard to go wrong with salt and pepper squid and this salad sure did deliver! The balance of flavours of sweet, chilli, salty and sour will leave you salivating with each bite. The sizes of the entrees are very generous so I would recommend sharing unless you’re feeling quite peckish. 
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Angel hair pasta with blue swimmer crab, chilli, rocket, garlic and grana pandano $19
Delicate strands twisting around my fork, glistening in fragrant crustacean scented oil with the shreds of blue swimmer crab dotted throughout the dish. My favourite type of pasta is angel hair which I find pairs very well with seafood, particular crustaceans so it was easy to decide which of the entrees to have! 
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