Platia is located in the outdoor restaurant level of Top Ryde Shopping Centre.
It’s a great addition to the outdoor area which already features Thai, Chinese, Ribs, Middle Eastern, Italian and modern Australian cuisine.
It was Platia’s opening day and we were super excited about the big launch!
As we walked into the restaurant we were welcomed by live Greek music and a happy party vibe. I thought the restaurant was quite spacious and had a fun and exciting atmosphere. We also liked the modern and welcoming decor and the black and red theme.
The night started off OK – we were led over to a table in a nice quiet spot in the corner; the music was great, atmosphere was fun and we were given some menus for drinks and food.
Our drinks orders were taken and it wasn’t long before MC got his Crown lager and I got my LLB.
However, despite the good start, there were some hiccups along the way and we waited a very long time between receiving our drinks and getting any attention again.
MC had finished his drink, I had almost finished mine. We both knew what we wanted to order, but we waited a long time before any attention was paid to us.
I watched the staff walk around somewhat lost and saw the lovely owner Kat try to appease some restless diners and I knew something was up. When she came over to talk to us Kat informed us that they were having some opening day issues- she apologised for the wait and took our food orders, promising that the food wouldn’t take much longer.
It isn’t uncommon to have opening night problems, however a little staff training would have helped alleviate the situation, for example taking orders for more drinks, offering complimentary snacks, apologising for the wait.
Despite this, once the food came out everything was all but forgiven.
When you think of Greek food you think of slabs of feta, cucumber and red tomato, lots of meats and cheese and plenty of pita bread. This is what MC and I were hoping for when a friend of a friend invited us to the opening of her new restaurant, Platia.
The menu was delicious and featured:
- Dips such as Tzatziki, Tarama and Tahini with pita bread
- Spanakopita (spinach and feta pastries)
- Saganaki garides
- Loukaniko, lounza and halloumi
- Rocket salad
- Eliniki Salad
- Feta and olives
- Dolmades (vine leaf wrapped parcels of rice and minced meat)
- Kalamari Rings/Whole
- Marida (white bait)
- Crusty breads
- Toursi (pickled vegetables)
- Pan fried octopus
- Souvlaki- chicken, pork, lamb
- Lamb Chops
- Mixed plate
- Vegetarian moussaka
- Tavas (a dish of lamb, rice and tomatoes)
- Afelia (braised pork)
- Loukmades (deep fried batter in a syrup with nuts)
MC and I ordered the Halloumi, Tarama and pita bread, Spanakopita, Dolmades, Salata Tou Psara and the Meat Platter.
When the food came out we were super excited. MC and I loved the soft and tasty halloumi – one of our favourites.
The presentation was quite poor and this was something that was reflected in all the dishes which had the same messily plated salad on the side. I think a handful of herbs and a drizzle of olive oil was all this dish needed!
We also enjoyed the subtle and wholesome taste of the Dolmades which had delicious tender grains of rice, herbs and mince meat wrapped in a lemony vine leaf. MC was surprised at how good they tasted despite their strange appearance!
I enjoyed the crunchy Spanakopita triangles- deliciously golden and crunchy and full of spinach and feta. Perhaps a spring of parsley on top would help with presentation?
The Tarama was sour and fresh, great with the super soft, warm pita bread. A wedge of lemon on the side would look great and add some more colour to this dish’s presentation.
We didn’t really enjoy the Seafood Salad as it was quite bland and the seafood was pretty average. I think some dark rocket leaves and cherry or roma tomatoes with whole calamari rings and large king prawns was more along the lines of what we expected. Nonetheless, it was a refreshing side.
Finally, the main event: the Mixed Platter.
This platter did not disappoint. There was a generous serving of chips on the side, which were golden and hot. The salad was bright and colourful (with less lettuce than the other dishes) and the meats were all PERFECTLY cooked.
They were tender and juicy, drool-worthy and moreish.
MC was in love and commented that he didn’t care about the fact that they had hiccups with the service- he would come back again for the food any day!
I think this one is definitely a winner and one for the boys!
By the end of the night we were both super full but very satisfied.
We enjoyed our food greatly and also liked the live music and modern decor.
The only downsides was the lonnnnng wait for service and food.
Hopefully next time we go the kinks have been sorted out!
6/10 (but the mixed plate gets a 9)
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Address: Top Ryde Shopping Centre, 109/129 Blaxland Road, Ryde Sydney NSW
Tel: (02) 9807 3000