The thing I love most about food is its ability to bring people of diverse backgrounds and experiences together. I’ve always enjoyed trying new dishes and discovering new restaurants, so working as a contributor at I Ate My Way Through has truly fed my passion whilst giving me a platform to document my food adventures through writing and photography. But not only that, IAMWT has welcomed me into a friendly, food-obsessed community that shares my love for flaky pastries, insta-worthy desserts, food festivals and fusion cuisine.
It was only fitting that we would celebrate IAMWT’s 10th Birthday at Opah in Cronulla, named after the Greek emotional expression often called out at celebrations and home to the phrase “all-you-can-eat Greek Yum Cha”.
As an avid fan of “all-you-can-eat”, Greek food and yum cha, I’m not sure I could have been more excited to visit Opah. Located right along the strip of Cronulla Beach, the restaurant has a prime view of the water. Coupled with an entire wall decorated with a magnificent mural of Santorini, Opah transports you to a European holiday. You can’t help but feel warm and relaxed in the restaurant.
I have a healthy appetite, so share plates often leave me a little anxious. Not feeling full at the end of a dinner is a genuine fear of mine. That said, I’ve always loved the communal aspect of yum cha and with the reassurance of an endless supply of food, I knew we would all leave the restaurant more than satisfied.
We started our dinner with a few staples of any Greek dining experience: flat bread, dips (tzatziki, hommus and taramosalata) and Greek salad. Then came the flash fried calamari, crunchy potato fries with aioli (yesss) and the best grilled haloumi I have ever had. By the end of the night when orders for additional servings were taken, the haloumi proved to be the favourite among us. It was soft and slightly melted and was pretty much what dreams are made of for any cheese lover.
This was followed by honey-drizzled tiropites, garlic prawn risoni and the Mama’s House Special (which was a lovely pastitsio) before the hearty meats came out. We couldn’t contain our excitement over the greek sausage, grilled chicken and 16-hour roast lamb, which all packed flavour and were beautifully cooked.
We’d been sure to pace ourselves up until this point so we could fully appreciate this main course. It’s always a risk when eating many small dishes that you might get full way too soon – but we’re not amateurs. We’ve even mastered the art of photographing fairly quickly so our food is still hot by the time we start eating.
That said, by the end of the night we were stuffed. Luckily, as we all know, separate dessert stomachs are a thing and as a group we managed to devour a few servings of the Death by Chocolate – probably the happiest form of death anyone could ever ask for. The brownie chunks in this dessert bowl were divine (I’m actually starting to crave it now as I write). It was sweet but balanced and was the perfect end to our night. We also tried some of Opah’s house-made baklava which was delightful.
All in all, what better way to mark the birthday of this much-loved food and travel blog than with immense amounts of food and a hungry group of instagramming foodies?
Happy 10th Birthday, IAMWT! A big congratulations and thank you to Jen and the team for making this such a fun space to share ideas and experiences, and thank you to Zomato and Opah for helping us celebrate this milestone. It’s a pleasure being part of this journey.
Here’s to many more years of big appetites and happy tastebuds!
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