“Organic” has become synonymous with trendy as of late, and it’s no small wonder that some of the hip places around Sydney now serve organic food. Agape is an organic restaurant hidden away in a corner in Botany, which would possibly be better suited to a street along the north shore. Nevertheless, its popularity has increased over the years I’ve been going there, and each time I go the restaurant seems more full. The atmosphere is lovely, rural chic with pretty chandeliers and soft lighting. Jazz, blues and last century music tinkles away in the background.
Something to note is that Agape’s menu changes depending on what is in season and what meat they can acquire. This time around there was no pork on the menu, but a wide selection of beef and seafood. There is also a delicious tapas section and an extensive drinks list.
From the tapas menu, we ordered the haloumi with beetroot, herb and garlic bread, and prosciutto with peach. The haloumi was wrapped in vine leaves and served under a mini jungle of parsley, beetroot and olives. The beetroot and haloumi were a great combination, with the beetroot offsetting the saltiness of the haloumi. Same goes for the peach and prosciutto, the sweet and salty flavours were simple but tasty. The herb bread was delicious, thin and crispy. I think they are a bit expensive for the amount offered, but delicious all the same.
Mains were a wagyu meatball pizza, king salmon, wagyu beef scotch fillet and slow braised beef. Like the herb bread, the pizza had a thin, crispy crust, and a flavoursome sauce. The king salmon was cooked to perfection with tender meat and a crispy skin. The little salad that came with it was delicious and gave the dish a bit of sweetness. The wagyu scotch fillet was cooked to a juicy medium rare and was well complemented by the fried kale and the bed of chickpea puree. The sauce was a little too salty for my taste, but everything else made up for it. The slow braised beef is one of my favourites. I’ve ordered it several times at Agape now, and have always found the meat soft and delicious. This time was no exception. The meat falling apart and the truffle butter and black quinoa were delicious together.
The desserts were the highlight of the evening. The meringue is one of the best I’ve ever had. I am someone who veers away from meringue – I don’t like pavlova because the sugar is too much. The meringue at Agape is lovely and light and served with berries and a sorbet. The rosewater pannacotta was incredibly light, and I could have eaten more. The chocolate brownie with almond praline was yummy, but I think the other two desserts stood out a lot more. I like chocolate, but I think the flavours weren’t balanced as well as in the other two.
Overall, a satisfying dining experience. Although the prices are steep, you are paying for organic produce of excellent quality that is cooked well. The wait staff are always lovely and courteous and the atmosphere is relaxed. One of the biggest issues I’ve experienced with Agape is the time spent waiting for food. It can be a good 30-40 min before the tapas plates are brought out, and then a wait between the other courses too. For the price of food, I think service could be a bit quicker, but if you don’t mind enjoying your food at a very leisurely pace, then Agape is the place for you!