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The chef  behind  Sydney  Greek  hotspots  of  yore  Omega  and Civic  Dining,  is  back  with  a  brand-­new  restaurant  on  the  old Hellenic  Club  site Like

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First published  on  25  Jul  2013.  Updated  on  22  Aug  2013.

Peter Conistis  has  some  sort  of  mystical  way  with  pastry.  His  spanakopita sees  tissue-­paper-­light  pastry  supporting  a  deliciously  salty  mix  of  fetta  and spinach.  And  lightness  is  definitely  a  theme  at  Alpha.  Check  out  the  soft  little dolmades  filled  with  preserved  lemon  and  almond  and  the  loukoumades  – sweet  and  moreish  honeyed-­doughnut  puffs. This  new  restaurant,  on  the  old  Hellenic  Club  site,  is  absolutely  packing them  in,  night  and  day.  If  you  manage  to  nab  a  booking  (we  had  trouble),  it’ll be  you,  and  seemingly  the  rest  of  Sydney,  battling  to  hear  each  other.  They don’t  seem  to  have  installed  any  sound  buffering  in  the  room,  and  given most  of  the  surfaces  are  hard  and  soft-­furnishing-­free,  there’s  very  little  to absorb  the  noise.   But  the  good  news  is  the  food  comes  out  fast,  which  means  you  could theoretically  be  fed  and  watered  in  under  an  hour.  The  servings  are  big,  too. You  could  very  easily  just  order  one  thing  (like  the  awesome  pie)  or  maybe the  lamb  ribs  (though  they  could  stand  to  lose  the  strangely  acidic  carrot purée  on  the  side)  and  a  side  of  greens,  which  is  especially  handy  if  you’re here  for  lunch.  They  also  offer  a  family-­style  menu  for  four  people  or  more for  $52.50  a  head.   Just  like  a  family  lunch  or  dinner,  you  need  to  be  able  to  roll  with  the punches.  It  wouldn’t  hurt  Alpha’s  staff  to  be  a  little  nicer,  say.  A  pretty lukewarm  reception  at  the  door  (don’t  make  your  customers  wait  in prolonged,  weird  silence  as  you  click  around  on  your  computer,  guy:  it makes  us  feel  sad  and  unwanted)  combined  with  the  general  lacklustre attitude  on  the  floor  means  it's  not  the  easiest  place  to  get  comfortable.     But  hey,  if  you’re  in  a  group,  and  we’d  strongly  advise  it  –  it’s  not  really  a dinner-­for-­two  kind  of  vibe  here  –  it’s  nothing  a  few  Greek  beers  and  a  serve of  spoon  sweets  (ours  are  sweet  preserved  strawberry,  tomato  and  walnut) can’t  mend.   Pair  those  with  a  Greek  coffee  or  some  ouzo,  and  we’re  anybody’s.   Sign  up  to  our  monthly  food  &  drink  newsletter

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