I have another food/restaurant review for you today. The Amalthea Bistro in Leeds.
So, I have a fondness for eating out and experiencing something a bit different, as you can see in Samba Afternoon Tea and Gin Tasting Evening. Today’s post is no different and I want to share my experience of eating truly yummy Greek food in my hometown of Leeds. The place of choice is my favourite place to eat Greek food, the Amalthea Bistro.
About Amalthea Bistro:
Amalthea Bistro is in the Adel area of Leeds, just off the busy Otley Road. Independently Greek-owned and family run, with products being sourced from their native Greece. The bistro offers a deli too, full of produce from Greece, including olives and chutneys. It is also the proud receiver of two awards, the Best Suburban at the Oliver Awards 2018, and the Best Suburban at EAT Awards 2017. It’s not hard to see why they have won these awards; with the food, atmosphere and staff being wonderful.
The bistro offers traditional and authentic Greek food, as well as modern takes of the classics. They also have a few experimental dishes, with all of the dishes on offer being packed full of flavour.
Inside, many photographs and pictures of various places in Greece adorn the walls. Fairy lights hang in the windows, with a bit of a beachy feel to the place too. It feels very welcoming when you enter through the door. You definitely wouldn’t realise there was a busy road outside once you are in.
This visit was not my first, and I have been wanting to write a post on this fabulous place for a long time. I think I even mentioned it in one of my earliest blog posts – Birthday Shenanigans.
Between the three of us, we ordered the Cretan olive selection, the handmade Greek bread selection, with olive oils and fried whitebait.
There were three small pots of olives; one type whole, another stuffed with almonds and the last stuffed with chilli. Just a word of warning, the chilli ones were very hot and spicy, but still delicious!
There are two types of bread advertised on the menu; white bread with aniseed and wholemeal multi seed with honey. Unfortunately, on our visit they had just run out of the white bread, so we opted for extra of the wholemeal. You could definitely tell it had been homemade. It was warm and delicious. To go with the bread there is a selection of two different oils. The first being Cretan orange infused olive oil and the second being Cretan chilli infused oil. They were both delicious, and I know I want to have a go at making my own version of the orange infused oil. It was delicious!
The third starter we shared was the fried whitebait. A decent portion arrived of these, with a small side dish of tzatziki on the side. Cooked just right, but I must admit I am not a massive fan of whitebait. I much prefer calamari (which is also available of the menu).
For mains, we ordered Amalthea yiouvarlakia, Lamb arhontiko and Pork Lahania. All traditional Greek dishes from the main menu.
Lamb Arhontiko is a yummy slow cooked dish. The dish consists of boneless lamb with Mastelo cheese (a soft cows milk cheese from Chios. Perfect for a variety of dishes including Saganaki). This is all wrapped in baking paper with Mediterranean vegetables and olives and baked in the oven. It is also served with grated kefalotiri cheese (Goats or sheep milk hard cheese, again perfect for saganaki). Roasted lemon potatoes were the accompaniment of choice too.
This dish looked and tasted yummy. Again, another hearty and warming dish, which was totally filling. The meat melted in your mouth!
Another warming dish perfect for the colder months. Oven roasted pork with fermented cabbage, carrots and kidney beans is the dish. It is also served with feta cheese cubes and pita bread. Again, this was delicious, full of flavour and melt in your mouth meat.
I would highly recommend any of the above dishes, but then again I would recommend anything on the menu. It all looks and tastes delicious. I think what is great about the menu is they change with the season, and offer a great selection of Greek dishes that you wouldn’t ordinarily see when visiting the country in the summer months
To finish off the meal, we opted for coffee. Not just any coffee though, we went for Greek coffee. Boiled rather than filtered through a traditional machine or cafetiere is the way the coffee is made. Strong in taste and served without milk, but a lovely froth on top called kaïmaki. I prefer mine without sugar, but the coffee can be made as sweet as you like. Drinking slowly is also the way.
A Greek lemon sweet acompanied the coffee, and was delicious. Definitely the perfect addition, offering the bit of sweet to the bitterness of the coffee. Heaven!
Amalthea is also a bring your own booze restaurant so we bought a bottle of a sweet Greek red wine called Mavrodaphne. The wine is quite a sweet heavy wine, similar to a sherry and is delicious. Amalthea also use this wine in some of their dishes, which adds a great taste to them.
If you are looking for a Greek restaurant to visit, Amalthea definitely gets my vote and recommendation. It has to be my favourite place to eat in Leeds!
Do you like Greek food? Have you sampled any of the dishes above?
Let me know in the comments below!