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!
We found a very nice ambient and really very good value for money that is a good point here in Singapore. If you like Greek food we really suggest you to try!!
Tranquil ambience with azure blue and cool white tones. The lobster spaghetti, grilled octopus and haloumi was excellent. As was the fried doughnut with ice cream, and Greek yoghurt with flowing honey.
The restaurant was fantastic in service, atmosphere and the food was clearly cooked by someone who knew what they were doing! Highly recommended! I adored the octopus and the spanakopita in particular.
My Wife said “I think I need to have a Greek holiday . This experience has captured me.” We will be back quite soon. Fun to share with friends or our family.
Nice ambience, nicely decorated to give the Greek feel (if you are a Singaporean). Food is delectable, but dessert not too much to our liking. Service is good. Would go back again.
Good food and wine. Service was good but could be improved. More attentive staff. Greek owner frequently serving bread and oil when he noticed none on the table having to ask to have our order taken. Small things.
The food is great and the atmosphere is great. The lunch set is incredibly value for money (3 course). The cold platter and the squid dish are amazing. Do order those!!
The theatre set dinner meal was exceptional. Care was given in the plating and presentation and the tastes were magnificent. Truly enjoyed the wine pairings as well. A keeper for sure.
Nice ambience and food especially the grilled octopus. A little pricey though. Ordered a piece of cake over the phone to surprise my colleague who's celebrating her birthday but it wasn't served n I forgot about it.
Food was mixed - the lamb chops and salad were great. The pork special which they recommended was dry and not tasty so I suppose they wanted to clear inventory. Service was also quite slow on refilling wine, water and taking care of the table.