Amalthea began life in proper DIY garage startup fashion in the suburban Leeds suburb of Adel as an online deli, introducing organic and fairtrade foods sourced from independent Greek producers to a UK audience. The success of the venture saw entrepreneurs and passionate Greek foodies John and Georgia Papatzikakis and Eva Chatzopoulou expand to add a cafe and bistro, adding chef Constantine Tsapanidis to the team and leavening the mix of imported Greek ingredients with fresh produce from local Yorkshire farms. The result is lively cafe and bistro-style restaurant down The Crescent off Otley Road and a menu packed with gourmet sandwiches and sweets, pies and snacks that pair well with traditional Greek coffee, well-known Greek dishes alongside modern and experimental creations. For casual dining or your next plate-smashing celebration, be sure to book in advance.
Eaten here quite a few times, food delicious, plenty of options to choose from and great customer service always! Look forward to my next visit
Beautiful restaurant with delightful and friendly service of delicious Greek food. Definitely worth a visit. The deli also offers a great range of products to take home.
Wonderful friendly staff, great food, BYOB made it a cheap night. Altogether our bill for 8 of us was £157 mainly using the early bird menu. I had the seafood starter with scallops, mussels and prawns - gorgeous - then had the spicy sausage main course,, followed by teh rice pudding dessert. All were great. So many other options I would have loved to have tried, another visit is definitely on the cards :-)
We have been here several times, never fails to impress. Excellent food and great service...very authentic Greek menu. I would thoroughly recommend it for lunch or an evening meal
I have never been disappointed in any of my more than 12 visits to Amalthea. I have always enjoyed the food, the service is friendly and the staff attentive, the ambience is great and reminiscent of a Greek island. I want to note especially the food - as, after all, this is a restaurant/bistro. The menu is exciting (a little too long perhaps, but that reflects the chef's desire to show his talents!) and changes regularly, or probably evolves through the year and the seasons. There's the Greek standards but also dishes that even I (a Greek) had not tried before. Gems from regional cooking traditions. All well executed and using the best local ingredients. The meat dishes are outstanding! Only "complaint" is the absence of a drinks licence. Choosing a good wine to go with your meal should be part of any culinary experience.
i was surprised that we managed to get a booking in Christmas Eve at such short notice. I was a bit uncertain about what to expect,especially with no alcohol licence and hoped i had made a good choice for me and my family. However from the moment we stepped in we were well looked after after the choice of food was excellent and we had chose we could still have had the 2 courses for £14.90 as we had arrived before 6.30pm. The choice was extensive an 4 of chose the meat/ meat and fish shaering platters they were excellent.My wife had the sea bream which was served as a whole fish, head and tail included and declared it to be deliciouss. I would definitely recommend this restaurant and wish the owners all the sucess they deserve in the future.
Love this new addition to the eating choices in North Leeds. This is a really attractive restaurant and made all of us reminisce about past meals in Greek tavernas on holidays spent on sunny Greek Islands. A very extensive menu and all 4 of us would rate highly the choices we made. I can personally recommend the mini spinach pie starter (mini by name but not by nature) and the very tasty pork loin special which defeated me in the end but I got a doggie bag to take home for a very grateful Labrador! Lovely staff who are attentive and cheerful. We will definitely be visiting again soon.
I'm afraid that the extensive and tempting-sounding menu didn't live up to expectations. Whilst my lamb kleftiko was reasonably tasty, it was accompanied only by a salad garnish and rice. My husband's pork kotsi (shank) had identical accompaniments, and according to the menu had been 'roasted with Cretan orange-infused extra virgin olive oil'. I asked my husband whether he could taste the orange, to which her replied 'a little'. The evening had started well - entering a cosy, attractive bistro, with deli goods ranged behind our table. Also, my husband's starter of green beans in a tomato and herb sauce, with pitta bread and cheese was enjoyable. Unfortunately, the wait for this and all other courses was far too long - even making allowances for Greek service! Also, we had ordered some olives to nibble on whilst waiting for my husband's starter - these didn't come until his starter was delivered. The desserts too were disappointing, with my "black cherry cake: consisting of a small square of unexciting plain chocolate cake, with a few cherries, drizzled with a honey dressing. The coffees we ordered came a very long time before the desserts, meaning we had no coffee to drink by the time the desserts arrived.
Our return visit was just as enjoyable as our first + 2 friends there for the first time were equally impressed & will be back. The "service" can hardly be called service, as it is like friends coming to the table to ask what we'd like to eat. Just so friendly, and the food really excellent. In order to manage a delicious dessert, two starters instead of a starter & main work well, so able to enjoy the lemon cake. A lovely place, lovely people & we'll be back soon. Thank you.
Very impressed. Don't know why it's taken us so long to visit. However we have recently moved to the area so will definitely be back. Staff very friendly, service brilliant. The food is extremely good. We had the meat Mexer for two. Wil try the seafood one next time. Wonderful atmosphere and ambience. We went when it was snowing but as soon as we stepped inside we felt like we were in Greece. Would definitely recommend. Think we will become regulars