Chef-owner Leong Khai Git, Local Rising Chef nominee, World Gourmet Summit 2015
Ioannis Stefanopoulos, Executive Chef | Konstantinos Lazarkis, Master of Wine
To step into Alati is to step out of Singapore and into a Greek taverna with blindingly white-washed walls, cerulean blue accents and sunkissed food. This temple to Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is found along Tanjong Pagar’s Amoy Street, featuring a kitchen stocked with ingredients flown in from the Aegean Sea. The menus are curated by a Greek master of wines and a locally-renowned Singaporean chef, while the setting and service are impeccable – an unmissable spot for Greek food.
NB: a minimum spend of $50+ p/p applies for bookings of 6 or more on Fridays and Saturdays. Last orders on any day are 1:45pm for lunch and 9:45pm for dinner.
Renowned Singaporean chef Leong Khai Git has worked with his crew of professional Greek chefs (themselves flown in to Tanjong Pagar fresh from the Aegean!) to curate a menu of grilled, salt-baked, deep-fried, and right-off-the-bone delicacies that are a peerless summary of what Greek and Mediterranean cuisine is all about. Far more focused than your usual Greek restaurant, Alati’s specific offering is Cycladic cuisine, dishes from the archipelago of islands stretching southeast from the Greek mainland. To accompany this divine food, Git has worked with Konstantinos Lazarakis, one of the most prestigious sommeliers in Greece, to develop a list of Greek wines like the crisp white Tselepos Mantinia Moschofilero and the divine red Alpha Hedgehog Xinomavro, plus beers, spirits, and liqueurs exclusive to Alati’s cellars.
Alati’s name means salt in Greek, a moniker that besides evoking the Aegean Sea and the Cyclades, bodes well when it comes to our favourite of this superlative Singapore Greek restaurant’s signature dishes, really any number of dishes: the salt-baked fresh fish. This technique is the litmus test for any Greek seafood kitchen, the salt-crust sealing in the fish’s moistness, and here it’s applied to the daily catch, caught, packed in ice and flown in overnight from the ports of Chalkida and Thessaloniki in the Mediterranean (carabineros and langoustines, but also other rare species like the European seabass and red porgy) or sourced locally, depending always on seasonal availability and with freshness held paramount. While seafood is big at Alati’s Tanjong Pagar headquarters (don’t forget the giouvetsi, a dish of shrimps, orzo pasta and saffron), there’s plenty of meaty grills and vegetarian options, too, all cleaving close to the traditions of Greek and Cycladic cuisine. Feta cheese deep-fried in filo with honey and sesame, keftedes (meatballs with potatoes and tzatziki dip), marinated chicken souvlaki and gyros pork. Booking a table at Alati’s Amoy Street restaurant is to be transported to Greece itself – kali orexi!
All meals were delicious and sophisticated. The ambience is relaxed but stylish, so any occasions are acceptable except taking with kids. I'll definitely visit the restaurant again.
Cosy ambience and tasteful Greek food! Freshly baked bread dipped into their extra virgin olive oil harvested from Greek peaks prepares you to a delicious journey before your main dishes. I have tried king prawn and octopus and loved it. Larger portions could be better but still you will definitely enjoy.
The beauty of simplicity in the atmosphere, delicious food, high quality, professional and friendly staff. I could kill for that taramosalata. The overall experience is superb. What else could you ask for a restaurant?
Great food. Great service and great value for money. Staff are very friendly and intuitive. It is also nice they remember on your 2nd visit.
I loved everything about Alati - the service, food, ambience, drinks etc. White washed walls and interestingly laid out tables with splashes of blue really gave it a Greek feel. The service was lovely, and the food superb. There were four of us and we shared three entrees and three main courses. We had no room for dessert, however they brought out a complimentary baklava and a chocolate dessert with a candle in it as it was one of our table's birthday. To start with, the lovely Dakos salad which transported me back to the one I had last year in Paros. The other entrees were fyllo-wrapped feta (with honey) - crispy on the outside and soft and gooey in the middle, and the delicious taramosalata with pita bread (charged extra). For mains grilled fish, Mousaka and the Goronopolou - slow-roased crispy pork shoulder. The food was authentic and so delicious - We had a couple of bottles of wine priced at around $75 each. It wasn't cheap but it didn't matter - it was a wonderful night and if you enjoy good, authentic Greek food then I thoroughly recommend Alati. Yamas!
The interior of Alati is gorgeous. I felt like we were transported to Santorini with the blue and white dominant colors of the space. We were nested very comfortably at our table, surrounded by tons of cushions (maybe abit too many??). The menu had a good variety of Mediterranean food. We ordered a couple of sides (the fried calamari was delish!), a 600g salt baked sea bass and a chocolate mousse dessert for 3 of us. The sea bass was fresh and sweet. It was quite a sight to see them bring out the massive baked fish, peel the flesh off the bones (literally, the flesh melted off the bones!) and serve it to you. No doubt, it was tasty but at a price of $78, I don't think I'd order again unless I'm with a bigger group. I got my head mixed up about Moussaka and Shakshuka, I thought the first was the latter and order a side of pita bread to dip with. When the moussaka came, I was rather disappointed that I got it all wrong and was a little weird to eat it with pita bread now. I wish the server could have told me and advised me accordingly. That's probably the only negative that night. The moussaka was yummy though! The servers were warm and friendly which is never a bad thing. We were assigned to a foreign server, she had thick accent which I found rather hard to understand but she tried her best! Overall, very pleasant experience. I probably will only revisit with a bigger group because it's quite pricey. Our bill came up to $193 for 3 of us.
We went to Alati for lunch. It has a nice and chill ambience, and attentive service staff. Among the 3 of us, we had the cucumber and feta cheese salad (the feta was really good), grilled squid (this was done perfectly), grilled sardines (a little too fishy for me, personally, but my friends liked them), a dip and the grilled meat platter for 2 ( that came with chicken souvlaki, lamb cutlets - these were done perfectly, and meat pattie). We had no room for dessert (which was a shame) but had coffee (which was a bit bitter and over-roasted). We will go back again as overall it was a good experience and we enjoyed our meal.
It was a wise decision to spend our wedding anniversary at Alati. The restaurant was bustling, but we felt like we had our own intimate space. The complimentary bread came with really good olive oil. The spinach pie was exquisite, so was the piping hot potato salad. And how can I forget the salt-baked sea bream that was paired with 2 delectable sauces? The service was first-class, as well. I will be back to patronise it again!
Alati had wonderful service. Their staff were attentive and polite, and keen to provide us with a positive experience. When we found one of the desserts did not suit our tastes, without further words, the staff replaced the dessert with something else. Food quality-wise, the food was fresh and delightful! Though most of the foods had cheese, it wasn't overpowering due to the good balance between the cheese and the herbs used.
Great restaurant with great food and service. Party of 5 paid about 60 bucks each for a meal including salad, fried calamari (starter), grilled fish (main), grilled chicken skewer (main) and moussaka (--> this was so so good!!!), and chocolate mousse for dessert, and we ordered a bottle of wine too. Everything was great except that there was a big party of about 20 pax sitting opposite us which made the whole restaurant so noisy that I literally can't hear my friends sitting 2 seats away (I think the other patrons noticed the noise too) though you can't really blame the other table, they seem to be having a great time! Otherwise, the restaurant itself was great! Happy to have tried this place :-) Note: We brought a bottle of champagne and the restaurant policy for byob is $40 for corkage but if you buy a bottle from them, no corkage charge, which was really fair and reasonable so we bought a bottle of red wine from them :-) great policy!!