Situated along Amoy Street, this 6-week old restaurant offers a slice of Greece in the heart of modern Singapore. Alati, which is named after the Greek word for salt, prides itself on its fresh seafood prepared using traditional methods such as marinating with salt and vinegar.
Greek cuisine is not commonly found in Singapore, therefore I was happy to attend a birthday celebration of my old friend held at Alati in late October this year.
The restaurant restaurant boasts a clean white interior accented with contemporary minimalist décor. The menu is rooted in authenticity with a carefully curated wine list.
GARIDES SAGANAKI (shrimps in tomato sauce, ouzo and feta)
For starters, my personal favourite is the GARIDES SAGANAKI (shrimps in tomato sauce, ouzo and feta -$19) The shrimps are deftly executed and the succulent shrimps complement well with the tangy tomato sauce which has a slightly, sweet undertone.
HALOUMI (grilled traditional Cypriot goat cheese)
The HALOUMI (grilled traditional Cypriot goat cheese - $18) is fried to perfection and has a light crispy crust and a soft interior. Each bite is a burst of heavenly flavours.
KEFTEDES (beef meatballs served with potates and tzatziki)
The KEFTEDES (beef meatballs served with potatoes and tzatziki - $16) is the ultimate comfort food. The meatballs are lovely and taste amazing with the Tzatziki dip (made of yoghurt, cucumber, olive oil, lemon juice, salt, pepper dill and garlic). The robust flavours of the meatballs are neutralised by the cool, refreshing dip. Perfection at its finest!
KALAMARI (fried baby squid with basil mayonnaise)
If you are craving for something crispy, try the KALAMARI (fried baby squid with basil mayonnaise - $18). The squid is lightly fried and the basil mayonnaise balances the crispness of the squid with its velvety smooth texture and rich, creamy flavour.
TARAMOSALATA (cod roe cream)
For the dips, other than the TZATZIKI, I also like the TARAMOSALATA (cod roe cream-$16), which is made using cod roe and olive oil. The dip is very intense, creamy and a little salty but the ingredients are healthy. Fish roe is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein while olive oil is an excellent source of good monounsaturated fats.
If you are a seafood aficionado, you must try the FAGRI (red porgy -$140 per kg) which is wild caught from the Aegean Sea. It is dense and firm with a delicate sweet flavour. The best way to prepare this fish is to grill it. You can also choose to have it salt-baked.
For meats, the GYROS (pork on pita served with potatoes, tomatoes, onions and tzatziki-$25) is a classic Greek favourite which is flavourful and substantial enough for a main dish.
For a sensational finale, go for the LOUKOUMADES (Greek fried donuts with honey, cinnamon and walnuts -$16). This dessert is a wondrous combination of sweet, woody and nutty flavours.
A group shot with my friends
Alati is located at 73 Amoy Street, Singapore S069892. Alati is a wonderful place to savour soulful Greek cuisine and luxuriate in the elegant setting. For reservations, please call 6221 6124.