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!
Bad, slow service. Staff needs training. They did not listen. Dishes come randomly to the table. Drink orders were not served. Food was decent and overpriced. The prawns with orzo pasta is delicious.
Love the food and the ambience. Lovely cozy place for get-togethers. The salads are my favorite!
Overpriced for the quality and size of the portion. For the cost of the dishes I can get better tasting food and bigger portions elsewhere that is equivalent in location and atmosphere