Opah Restaurant Cronulla NSW

I enjoyed this light and easy salad, with Feta cheese on top.  (Taramosalata)

At the Opah Restaurant, the two of us did find the sole wait staff - a young lady who went about her work tirelessly but with a smile - a most important part of the Opah visit.    She knew how to nicely time the arrival of dishes - and yes Greek food has many  - took the trouble to explain some finer points of what came out to the table and ensured that guests felt relaxed.  If people care and interaction is an integral part of traditional Greek customs and life, we knew where this source of a welcoming atmosphere comes from.

We selected the express lunch, which had variety and good portions of flat breads, Houlami, lamb, salads and Tzatziki sauce for grilled meats.   To me that was a terrific combo, not too excessive and providing a spectrum of what a typical Greek meal entails.

The Houlami slices are made from a combination of both goats and sheep milk.

The Coronas are there like in Mexico, but mind you, Cronulla is one of Sydney's and Australia's premier beach locations, which already have a fun loving disposition towards beer and the laid back life.  Opah also offers jugs of Moscow Mule, Pimms and Sangria, together with Greek sourced wines, cocktails, Martinis and Tequilas.

Cross over in cuisine especially happens in many ethnic restaurants and cafes across Australia.   At Opah, I saw Baklava being served.   There are meatballs with a tomato gravy seemingly ala Italia  - here listed as "Mama's Meatballs".

Several ingredients are shared in the eastern Mediterranean, like Feta cheese, use of tomatoes, calamari, goats cheese, flat breads, spinach, lemon flavouring and Ricotta.  Cooking techniques that favour extensive use of fire, charcoal, chargrilling and roasting on a spit are found commonly from Istanbul to Sicily.   Such a situation also echoes the close historical and cultural ties of the region before the rise of nation states.

Most of us are familiar with garlic prawns, barbequed octopus and deep fried calamari in Greek fare.   Cabbage rolls may be an acquired taste, but what exactly are Greek pork sausages, Loukaniko - how do they differ from the Chorizo?   I am not sure of the difference, but I understand that perhaps it is the mix of seeds and spices that go into the Greek version, emphasising fennel, orange peel, dry herbs and may be leeks.. Someone please educate me on this.....

The restaurant has renovated recently for the outdoor space, with a fully enclosed roof now set up, installed strip heaters for the current cool season and also now have better drawn down blinds to meet the challenges of any possible windy day or evening right from the open ocean.  The palm trees stand sentinel below Opah.

Opah has a wonderful view to the outdoors, day or night, but it can be shiny warm in summer and a tad nippy during winter evenings.    The deciding factor in the Antipodes is the wind, its speed, its direction and its intensity with accompanying rain.  Indoor seating is not that big but there is always the pleasure of sitting on the covered verandah.  I must find out if there is an escalator for customers who prefer not to walk the stairs.

Saganaki, with Kefalograveria cows milk baked with tomato in an oven, is prepared in a deep fry pan with two handles, hence the association with the word "Sagani".  This partiuclar cheese is an appetiser cheese, so it is appropriate as an entree dish at Opah!

The variety of the Opah menu may not be extensive when compared to some others in Melbourne or Sydney but I reckon it is okay.

Lemon squeeze over a well cooked lamb.

At the next opportunity, I must try out the Tiropites (with honey and thyme flavours), perhaps as part of the Greek Yum Cha spread.   People tell me that I shall either love it or not love it, but one must always try...

The buffet approach, or all you can eat, or a set course, can be an optimal way of approaching Greek food.  Many have seen the Greek yum cha meals that appeared in nearby Brighton-Le-Sands, near Sydney Airport, even as far back as the decade of the nineties.

Greeks culturally love to eat in a family setting with friends, neighbours and far flung relatives.   So it is worth getting more than a few to meet at Opah and then relax from there.   Several people I know also speak of the customer engaged atmosphere when dining or lunching.   

The Opah Restaurant is located upstairs at No. 1 Gerrale Street, at the corner of Gerrale Street with Kingsway  in South Cronulla Beach, NSW.   It is fully licensed.
Opening hours are from noon every day.
Contact + 61 2 9544 3133

My impressions of Opah Restaurant in Cronulla NSW:
Ambiance: 3.5 out of 5

Customer Engagement:  4 out of 5
Culinary Delight: 3.5 out of 5
X Factor:  3 out of 5
Overall:   14 /4 out of 5

Recommended Menu Choices:
Seafood platters.
Any meat on spit.
Grilled Barramundi or salmon.
Salted Caramel Bougatsa, which has filo pastry filled with vanilla ice cream, salted caramel, icing sugar and custard.  Not for the faint hearted but a lovely idea to share.

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