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Review - Agapé Organic Restaurant & Bar

Does My Bomb Look Big In This?

Expand your organic vocabulary in this earthy yet elegant space that rescues ancient grains and biodynamic farming from the hippy, brown rice and Nimbin brigade.



With social justice and charity firmly on the menu, it’s nice to see it’s not at the expense of flavour.



Clever cooking from Simon Lawson shines in Crispy Berkshire Pork with Apple Basil Remoulade ($18).



The ancient grains Simon favours first make an appearance in enjoyable Potato and Leek Croquettes with Aioli and Royal Red Quinoa ($15).



I’m not as convinced by pea and basil risotto against four gloriously plump Sea Scallops ($22), but I liked their Marine Stewardship Council certification.



Perfect parsley and smoky vine leaves pop in the Grilled Haloumi ($12); set off beautifully by pear and lime notes in the 2009 Lethbridge Ooh La La Chardonnay. It’s a new entry on the evolving and interesting organic wine list.



Spring Bay Mussels ($36)
with gorgeous hand-cut chips are (thankfully) left mostly to their own briny devices;...



...as are clean, creamy Clevedon Coast Organic Oysters ($24/half dozen).



Roasted Lamb ($30) on the other hand is comfort epitomised with gooey polenta, garlic and silverbeet.



Spelt is celebrated via thin, crunchy pizzas, and a...



...wickedly good Chocolate Spelt Brownie ($16).



Both are forgotten when the Upside Down Pineapple and Spelt Cake ($16) with coconut sorbet, butterscotch sauce and house-dried organic pineapple lands.



There was also a Honey, Cinnamon and Vanilla Brulee ($15) in the mix, but really, my dessert memories are very pleasantly dominated by the upside down cake.



Heartfelt, joyous and keenly priced if you consider that you're eating top-notch produce that delivers on both flavour and ethics.

PS: While I was dining I purchased a $30 booklet which contains five $20 dining vouchers. Each voucher ($6) purchased sends a hundred meals overseas to feed the hungry. I am offering up two vouchers to the two comments on this review that best convince me of your NEED to try organic food at this restaurant.


Agapé Organic Restaurant & Bar

1385-1387 Botany Road, Botany
Ph: (02) 8668 5777 www.agaperestaurant.com

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felix_femme
Oct. 19th, 2010 01:29 am (UTC)
anywhere that can do good things with brown rice needs a try-out methinks
missdissent
Oct. 19th, 2010 03:50 am (UTC)
Since you're first, I figure you win on being the keenest. Send me an SMS with your postal address and I will get your voucher to you today.
felix_femme
Oct. 20th, 2010 06:16 am (UTC)
done
ta
felix_femme
Nov. 3rd, 2010 02:11 am (UTC)
received in post last week, stuck on pinboard to not get lost.
thank you x
missdissent
Nov. 3rd, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Enjoy, lovely food, good restaurant! X
gigglznwrigglz
Oct. 19th, 2010 04:44 am (UTC)
I don't need the voucher I just want it. The food looks bloody amazing. And Kitty and I were talking about this place only last week as somewhere we should go!

Also do you ever run competitions through the reviews you write for paper? Do you let restaurants give you vouchers to run competitions?
missdissent
Oct. 19th, 2010 05:55 am (UTC)
Well we have a second winner then! Text me the address you would like your voucher sent to.

The papers tend to only do things like that for advertisers as they are a pain to administer.
gigglznwrigglz
Oct. 25th, 2010 03:54 am (UTC)
delayed but sent.
ms_victoria
Oct. 22nd, 2010 05:21 am (UTC)
We are going tomorrow !
missdissent
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:25 am (UTC)
Do you want a voucher? Are you going to Asha's birthday tonight? If so I will bring one for you.
(Anonymous)
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:44 am (UTC)
Nowhere for us tonight :) I haven't booked yet, its been one of those weeks, but am seeking something special to take sonja to, and it looks just right x
missdissent
Oct. 22nd, 2010 06:55 am (UTC)
Try and ring them today, they like bookings so they don't waste food. X
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