Greek Restaurant in Leeds: Amalthea Greek Bisto
An independent, Greek-owned family restaurant
Amalthea is a new, award-winning Greek restaurant in Leeds. It offers authentic Greek cuisine which is purely Greek – not generally Mediterranean. We offer both traditional and modern dishes as well as some experimental ones. We respect tradition, our roots, but we believe in creativity, improvement and development, so we use our knowledge to offer a variety of new flavours and textures. We believe that our awards (Best Suburban at the Oliver Awards 2018 and Best Suburban at the EAT Awards 2017 of the H&N magazine) are testament our dedication to good cooking and progressive Greek cuisine.
Amalthea is an independent, Greek-owned family Bistro with a deli full of handmade, all-natural foods direct from small producers all over Greece. These ingredients are often used in our recipes. A dip made from Greek tomatoes, for example, is unique – the Greek sun makes them sweeter and more flavoursome. We also use fresh, local British produce so that each dish is prepared with only the best ingredients.
The team: a family affair
As one of the very few Greek-owned restaurants in Leeds we are happy to introduce you to our team, our family – passionate foodies steeped in Greek cuisine.
Our General Manager and founder, Ioannis Papatzikakis (John) makes sure that everything at our Bistro is organized to perfection. He has a strong academic and professional background in international trade, business management and logistics. John always makes sure that our deli is fully stocked and the kitchen has all the flavours we need from Greece to create the best dishes for our customers.
Chef & marketer Eva Chatzopoulou has a background in media studies, digital marketing and journalism (including food journalism) both in Greece and the UK. She shares her time between the laptop and kitchen: she runs the digital side of the Amalthea Bistro and experiments with new recipes or works on new menus. She has been cooking from the age of five and grew up in a foodie family at a traditional coffee & meze place and butcher & deli that stocked some of the best eateries in her hometown. Good cuisine is part of her DNA.
Georgia Papatzikaki is John’s sister and has a background in business, PR and finance. She has worked in the Netherlands and has a wide experience in customer service. She decided to join her brother in the UK to open her own Greek restaurant in Leeds. Georgia, in her work at front of house, combines her academic knowledge and passion for high quality food and excellent service. She makes sure all customers receive a warm Greek welcome and a proper introduction to the dishes we offer.
Costantinos Tsapanidis knew from the age of six that he would be a chef. His grandmother, Yiayia Marika, influenced him to specialize in authentic Greek cuisine. After working in busy five star hotels in Greece, and in Greek restaurants in Germany, Constantinos joined the Amalthea team. Together with Eva, they unite their skills and passion to create the best Greek dishes in Leeds. Constantinos and Eva are the lynchpins of the most authentic Greek restaurant in Leeds.
Ambassadors of Greek spirit and hospitality
Amalthea offers the intriguing and gorgeous flavours of Greece in a relaxing atmosphere and Greek music in a setting redolent of beautiful Greece. Get some useful tips from our staff about your next trip to Greece. Moreover, if you’re learning Greek, practice the language with us. We are not just a Greek restaurant in Leeds, we are also ambassadors of Greek spirit and hospitality throughout Yorkshire.
Apart from our weekly specials, you can keep in touch via our social media as we organize thematic and tasting events and guest menus dedicated to specific cuisine and Greek gastronomic ideas.
What makes us different
We believe in ‘doing what we know best’ and ‘know thyself’ and therefore we will not expand our menu to include anything we cannot fully support. However, you can always find modern Greek dishes and some experimental ones that you will not find in touristic tavernas or grills. Proper, cooked food is our specialty and we avoid fast-food. Proper Greek food is hard to find because Greek fast food (what tourists know as ‘gyros’ and ‘souvlaki’ or generally ‘wraps’) is presented as traditional Greek fare – which it definitely is not. Gyros, souvlaki, and wraps are what Greeks eat when they do not cook, a fact that both chefs (Costas and Eva) emphasize. Our chefs do their best to bust this myth and establish the truth about real Greek food. Consequently, we seek to be the most authentic Greek restaurant in Leeds, offering dishes you’ve never tried before. We’d love to be your next culinary surprise.
At least twice a year we travel back to Greece to meet our producers and taste their new creations. We never buy something we have not tried as we want our customers to taste only the best foods and ingredients from our country. Moreover, most of our fresh ingredients are locally sourced and thus our local producers are equally important to us. Our meat and free range eggs are sourced from our local butcher, Woodends of Adel and our milk is sourced from the Bramhope Grove Farm, Heron’s Dairy. The quality of our ingredients is crucial to us. A good dish is about technique and knowledge underpinned with the finest ingredients.
At Amalthea, you will enjoy the best flavours Greece has to offer. You will also enjoy warm, Greek hospitality: authentic Greece in the UK. Our Bistro is our second home. Relax with books about Greece and enjoy conversation with our well-travelled and well-read customers. We are more than a Greek restaurant in Leeds. We are your Greek friends in Leeds, always striving to guide and inspire.
We look forward to welcoming you to Amalthea!
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.
The Amalthea team
P.S Our aim is to become your favourite Greek restaurant in Leeds!
See you soon!