Agape Organic Restaurant, Botany
I was visiting my ‘Uncle’ and his lovely wife, E, who has recently given birth to the cutest baby boy. I told ‘Uncle’ that I was going to drop by, hoping that he would cook me dinner but he suggested that we go to Agape, which is a couple of minutes walk from his place.
The definition of Agape is from the Ancient Greek word meaning a) God’s unconditional love for us, b) a pure selfless love of one person for another c) a love feast shared as a sign of love and fellowship. Agape is ‘Sydney’s largest certified organic licensed restaurant’ offering diners, tapas, spelt pizza, mains and desserts.
The menu vast, we couldn’t decide what we wanted and ‘Uncle’ wanted one of each of the tapas, a pizza and a main! I believe he was a tad hungry. We started with the herb, garlic and chilli bread ($15). Spelt base, and shaped like a pizza, it was absolutely delicious. It had the right amount of herbs and garlic but definitely could do with more chili. It was deliciously light and ‘Uncle’ could have definitely eaten the whole thing on his own.
Chicken croquettes, royal quinoa and saffron aioli ($16) was a favourite of mine. The croquette was lightly battered, and had a crunchy exterior, it was light, fluffy and the saffron aioli gave it a really nice touch.
E and I love haloumi – squeaky cheese is what we call it, and the grilled haloumi, vine leaves, beetroot and olive salad ($13.50) was perfect! Salty haloumi, sweet beetroot, topped olives and parsley – perfect for a hot summer day.
For main, E, couldn’t go past the slow braised gundooce wagyu beef, jerusalem artichokes, mushrooms, royal black quinoa and truffle butter ($34). Generous serving of medium rare, tender succulent beef, drizzled with truffle butter. I didn’t have any of this, but judging by how E demolished this and ‘Uncle’ cleaning the leftovers, I can safely say that they both enjoyed the dish.
‘Uncle’ opt for the spelt spaghetti, prawns, patagonian scallops, mussels, surf clams, chili, garlic, tomato and parsley ($36). Again generous servings of prawns, they were moreish and cooked to perfection. The pasta fantastic, it was definitely tasty and I had serious food envy!
I on the other hand, opt for king salmon, potato and truffle puree, braised fennel, leeks, red wine and thyme ($34). I love salmon, and this was cooked just the way I like it. It sat on a mountain of potato and truffle puree – it was rich and creamy. A tad too rich for me, but both E and ‘Uncle’ were more than happy to demolish it for me.
For dessert, we thought we would share the upside down apple and spelt cake, cinnamon ice cream and butterscotch sauce ($16) – hmhmhmh butterscotch sauce!
Service was excellent, I love the dining room, the wooden furniture and chandelier fittings. The chef behind Agape is Simon Lawson, who started cooking at a very early age in his grandmother’s kitchen. After 15 years of realising his passion, he decided to open his first restaurant with his two sisters. Simon is very passionate about ‘good food and organic produce’.
Definitely will be back to try their spelt pizza and to try their high tea, which is on every Saturday from 12 noon to 4pm – reservations is highly recommended. I have to say, I definitely enjoyed my meal, the company was even better!
GA’s ratings: 8 / 10
1385 Botany Road
Botany, 2019, NSW
Ph: +61 2 8668 5777