A few weeks ago we ventured to the The Newtown Hotel for dinner at their recently opened restaurant, The Animal. Following on with the Greek trend in Sydney, this is my second Greek post this month, and again I was so happy we went as the food was tasty and done exceptionally well in a pub like setting. Similarly to The Apollo in Potts Point they both offer a menu of traditional Greek dishes with a modern twist. The biggest difference between The Apollo and The Animal would be the fit out and atmosphere. The Animal is funky, young and cool, whilst The Apollo is more refined, classy and chic. Both are awesome, and choosing either for an occasion would make you a happy camper.
We start off with cocktails and each order something different, I have the Jungle Love which is shown in a few pictures below. It’ s a Greek version of the Mojito as it uses mastiha liquor instead of rum and is garnished with rosemary. They all tasted so delicious, I would have been happy with a liquid dinner.
Mr Charisma - Ketel One vodka, Orange Marmalade, Pomegranate, Lemon & Mint.
From left to right:
Yo Mama – Ketel One Vodka, Sweet Sherry, Strawberry, Rose Water & Lemon
Dark N’ Stormy – Goslings Rum, House Made Ginger Soda & Fresh Lime
Jungle Love – Skinos Mastiha Liqueur, Agave Nectar, Fresh Lime, Mint & Rosemary
Between the four of us we all go about ordering anything that tickles our fancy from the menu, which equates to us having a table full of different dishes to share and try. First out is the Grilled Pita Bread, the best accompaniment to dips and lapping up the remains of a salad or meat dish.
The Taramasalata, creamy fish roe dip is pale pink in colour due to the roe that is used. People are generally used to it being a brighter shade of pink. Creamy and fishy, this dip along with tzatziki are the best to accompany any meat dish.
Whitebait dressed simply in Garlic & Lemon. These are the perfect mezze (snack food) as they are lightly fried and not too heavy, the fishiness doesn’t overpower your palette either and the lemon cuts through and gives it that slight zang.
Most people I meet love a bit of Haloumi in their lives. Here the Haloumi is Grilled and served with Lemon, Mint and Fennel on the side. Nothing beats the saltiness and squeakiness from the texture.
This is one dish that my Yiayia cooks to perfection and I know that no matter where else I try it, it will never compare. Here the Stuffed Veggies (Gemista in Greek) are filled with Rice, Pine Nuts and Mint. Dont get me wrong, these were still tasty, but they lack the love that my Yiayia puts into hers (and the 10,000L of Olive Oil).
The Beetroot & Thyme Salad with Organic Yoghurt & Walnuts is fresh and drizzled in honey which goes really well with the beetroot.
MMMM now this is a dish that lives up to the restaurants name. We order a plate of the Coal Roasted Suckling Lamb rubbed in Lemon & Garlic. The dish is simply dressed and reasonably tender. There is nothing better then a mouthful of this lamb, with a bit of haloumi and some taramasalata, your tastebuds will be dancing.
I dont even need to comment on the Chunky Chips….the photo talks for itself.
Did I mention that we over-ordered? ……Standard.
My homies :) xx
The Animal at The Newtown Hotel
174 King St, Newtown, NSW
Ph: (02) 9557 6399
Have I enticed you with this Greek feast? As you can see from the photos the fit out is pretty cool and even on a Saturday night there isn’t a lengthy queue to get a table as the venue is huge. Definitely a great place to catch up for a birthday dinner or just a night out with friends filled with good cocktails and tasty food.
Happy Sunny Saturday everyone :) Enjoy the weekend.