For our second Zomato adventure down in the Shire, we drove down to Cronulla and feasted at Opah, a Greek ‘yum cha’ restaurant with small plates that are perfect for sharing with friends!
We began the night with a passionfruit cocktail that was sweet and tangy, and a generous serve, which was a perfect start to the meal! We then had our first course – a trio of dips (taramasalata, tzatziki and hommus) with pita bread, and a Greek salad, which had a generous helping of feta and plenty of olives! The dips were amazing and creamy, and the taramasalata was my personal favourite – the subtle fish roe flavour was delicious with the warm bread.
Our next trio was grilled haloumi, salt and pepper calamari and potato wedges, which were all equally as amazing. The calamari in particular was so tender and well seasoned, and I couldn’t resist snacking on it until the whole plate was gone! The haloumi was also fantastic, as it was rich without being too salty, and united the cheese-lovers and non-cheese lovers alike.
Then, we had the pastichio, which came in small bite sized pieces that catered to our steadily growing levels of food-coma! It was similar to a lasagna, except with pasta and less cheese. The spanakopita came alongside it, with a lovely spinach and cheese filling and layers of flaky filo pastry folded into neat triangles.
This marked the start of the meat courses, which included meatballs, garlic prawns, 16 hour spit roast lamb and Greek sausage with grilled vegetables. While all the meats were amazing and well seasoned, the lamb was such a highlight, as it was so tender and fell off the bone, with plenty of smoky flavour and a delicious drizzle of gravy.
Finally, we made it to the dessert, and we tried a selection of traditional Greek sweets, as well as the aptly named ‘Death by Chocolate’. This came in a giant sundae bowl, and was packed with double chocolate ice cream, a brownie, chocolate nibs, chocolate sauce and plenty of whipped cream. A perfect dish for sharing, it was so fun to see it presented, and we couldn’t wait to dig in to the chocolatey goodness!
Opah is located right beside the beachfront, and there’s plenty of parking nearby. We loved the Greek decor that adorned the interior, which added to the welcoming feel of the restaurant. There was plenty of seating for larger groups, and since the food philosophy is based on sharing food, this was a perfect setup! The Greek Yum Cha ‘all-you-can-eat’ option is $45 per person, which is excellent value, and lets you pick dishes you really enjoy to have more of, which is fantastic!
Being able to try small potions of all of the dishes was a great way to experience Greek cuisine, and there was so much variety in the dishes on offer. The staff were so welcoming and friendly, which added to our experience, and we left feeling well satisfied, well fed and part of the Opah family!
If you’re new to Greek cuisine or if you want to try it in a different way, Opah is the place to be. The ‘Yum-Cha’ concept is so fantastic, as you get a sampling of so many different kinds of food, and the entrees are equally as great as the meaty mains. Of course, don’t forget dessert – their sweet treats are incredible, and the ‘Death by Chocolate’ is an amazing sight to see!
Note: Khana dined as a guest of Zomato and Opah Restaurant.