End of the year calls for catch-ups. The other night I met up with a friend for some Greek food and quality girl time.
It is really difficult to make a last minute booking for Saturday night during the silly season. Originally I was looking at restaurants in Newtown but most of them were either fully booked or had a very short time limit on their tables. I was lucky enough to come across with Ahgora in Glebe on dimmi.com.au.
The name Ahgora means `meeting place’ in Ancient Greek, and their share-plate menu certainly sets the tone that way! The Christmas Banquet (AUD $55 per person) comes with one entrée, three mains, two sides, and one dessert.
We started with the Mezze Plate which came with smoked pitta bread, tarama, tzatziki and olives. I always love a good pitta bread, and this one from Ahgora didn’t disappoint. It was warm and brushed with olive oil, perfect to nibble on with the tarama and tzatziki.
The first main we had was the Charred Octopus with black lentils, herbs, yoghurt, and sweet potato chips. It was a great sweet and savoury dish. Never thought of mixing sweet potato chips with octopus before. What an interesting pairing!
The Pork Belly was glazed in spiced honey, and was served with peanut, cabbage and radish salad. The succulent pork belly struck a great balance with the salad, leaving us feeling satisfied without being stuffed.
Then we moved on to the Lamb Cutlets. I am usually not a big fan of olives, but somehow this olive puree really worked for me with the fresh lamb cutlets.
We were quite full by this point, and didn’t finish the two sides. But both the Roast Potatoes with garlic dip and the Red Cabbage Salad (green apple, mint, almonds, citrus dressing) were lovely and great compliments to the lamb dish.
That being said, a girl always has extra room for some dessert. So we shared the Passionfruit Slice with coconut, nuts, and kaffir lime ice-cream. Both of us don’t like coconut that much but this one was really subtle and worked beautifully with the passionfruit slice. It was a very tasty summer treat!
I was really impressed that Ahgora offered such a great value for its Christmas Banquet. None of the dishes was too heavy or greasy, which was a nice change to what you would have expected from a Christmas-y dinner, aka feeling a little less guilty. Great food and great company, I had a wonderful evening in this cute `meeting place’!
Have you been indulging in good food and drinks this holiday season so far?
Website / www.ahgora.com.au
Phone / (+61) 02 9518 7695
Address / 94 Glebe Point Rd, Glebe NSW 2037
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