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!
This is a beautiful restaurant that brings you to Greece from the decor to the food. I loved the whitewashed walls, flashes of blue and colored oils on the wall. The food from salt baked fish to octopus were also well executed and seasoned. We were even greeted with a visit from the chef who included complimentary sweets. I wish the prices were a little lower, but would still return.
Everything we ordered was just spot on. The yummy food more than makes up for the service. The staff wasn’t rude but I did not feel their hospitality. Except for the lady server who is adept and has a better knowledge of the menu, we were having difficulties understanding and wondering if we were understood as we approached the rest with our queries and requests. But it’s not a biggie, it got better through the night as the food speaks for itself.
The service staff were attentive, the ambience was nice and the food was quite good (the cod fish was a bit too salty) although a bit pricey. We sat at the round table for 4 and the spot light was shining in a way that it reflects on the knife, which can be mildly blinding and irritating. To avoid this, I had to shift the knife to the left making it inconvenient as my knife hand is on the right.
we had meatball & fish, all very yummie, even the fries & sauce are nice. This is my second visit here, will definitely come again next time. Thank you Alati for giving us opportunity to taste the yummie Greek food.'
I love the decor of this place. Went for lunch once so decided to bring visiting family there for dinner. Food was excellent, wish we had shared everything rather than getting one dish each (next table over shared and it seemed like a great idea). 2 small things: the wine per bottle is fairly expensive and also the mains were served at different times which I feel is a pity as some people are eating while others wait.
I like Alati. We bought a cake from outside for celebrate my friend's birthday. They had a good services and all of staff are friendly. About the dish, delicious and reasonable price. Quiet environment suitable for friend gathering.
This was a wonderful dining experiene. The ambience and setting were serene and bright, the food was well seasoned and cooked perfectly, and the owner and wait staff were very attentive. The stars of the meal were vegetable fritters with a creamy zucchini filing and fish baked in salt which was very tender. The owner even threw in free dessert! I'd definitely return.
We dined here for our wedding anniversary last year and the service and food was outstanding. The chef came out to chat with us. We went back for our anniversary this year and were unfortunately disappointed as the service was quite impersonal and the food was just okay. Salad was fresh but the moussaka was dry as though it was just re heated. The waiter just replaced our bottle of sparkling water without asking us and we got charged for two bottles on the bill. We’ll try somewhere else for our anniversary next year.
the food was good, service was great. only negative point of the experience was when I walked in. the host had no customer service skills in my opinion, instead of saying 'hello and welcome' with a smile, I got a 'yes?' and misery look on her face....i had to say 'I have a reservation'. to be honest, I was prepared to walk out if my friend told me just to ignore it. such a simple thing, a pleasant greeting and acknowledgement, yet so difficult I am discovering. I won't be going back anytime soon.
Lovely service, food and atmosphere. Manager was kind enough to let me in and choose my table when I went there couple of hours before it starts its evening operations. Service crew were warm and friendly, the sea bass we ordered was also fresh and well grilled. Definitely a place to come back to try the rest of the menu!