This time around, I took the husband for a mini date night and so he could try some of the meat dishes on offer. As I hadn't stopped saying how badly he needed to go for a meal at Amalthea, he didn't even complain that we were going on a work day.
Arriving at the restaurant when it was dark was quite different from when I went during the day. While the place is always really pretty - even when I drive past it during the day - once it's dark, all the fairy light in the window get turned on and all the candles get lit, which makes it look so warm and welcoming.
As someone who has never been to North Greece, I didn't quite know what to expect, but the menus at Amalthea give you all the detail you could want about what goes into each dish, whether they are vegetarian or gluten-free and what level of spice you can expect. The usual menu has a lot of choice and the specials menu did also, so it took us a while to pick which dishes we wanted to try - although, as usual, it took the husband longer.
I went for the Thracian Kolokithokeftedes (deep-fried courgette balls with feta cheese), Fasoulorizo (beans, spinach and rice casserole with feta cheese and pittabread) and Galatopita Chalkidikis (milk custard in filo pastry). Eventually, the husband decided on the deep-fried feta cheese in filo pastry that I had last time, Chicken Souvlaki and the ice cream with black cherry, bitter almond and honey that I also had before. As the restaurant is bring your own bottle, we took a bottle of white wine with us too.
However, he was already totally in love with the filo-wrapped feta, which didn't stay on his plate for very long. He's a big fan of feta and wasn't sure if having it with honey was going to work, but he was a big fan from the first bite. He also now has a bit of an obsession with Greek honey and wants to stock up on some from Amalthea's Deli the next time we go.
Our main courses arrived shortly after we'd finished our starters and I now have a new favourite dish that I may have to attempt to replicate, even though I know it won't be anywhere near as delicious. The Fasoulorizo was absolutely delicious and so incredibly filling. It combined rice, kidney beans and spinach in a warming sauce that had a hint of spice and loads of flavour. It was perfectly seasoned, especially with the feta cheese on top. It came with freshly-made pita bread, which was warm and wonderfully soft. I couldn't quite finish my meal so they packaged up what was left for me to take home (I enjoyed this for lunch yesterday and it was still just as good).
He isn't the best at reviewing food, but the husband said that his chicken was incredibly tender and obviously high quality. It was really well flavoured and the Greek yoghurt that came with it was the best he had tried. Even the salad impressed him as it had just the right amount of dressing, which was full of flavour. I think he's getting better at helping with reviews.
Once again, the portion was really generous so I took some home with me. The custard was lovely and thick, with the slice being served warm. There was just enough sweetness without it being sickly and the cinnamon it was topped with was the perfect addition. I could happy have just eaten spoonfuls of the custard and been happy with it.
The husband also really enjoyed his ice cream and once again couldn't believe how good the honey was. Just as I thought last time I visited Amalthea, he said it was the best way to end his meal as it was lovely and light and fresh. We were told they also sell the black cherries that were served with it, so they have gone on his shopping list too.
We also got the chance to try a couple of treats, including baby carrots in honey, which tasted just like sweets and had a lovely smooth and soft texture, and preserved figs in honey. The carrots weren't quite the husband's cup of tea but I loved them, while we both enjoyed the figs.
While the current specials menu is finished today, there are plenty of fantastic meals on the menu and they regularly have specials on offer, so there is always something new to try. They also have offers on at certain times of the day, as well as a breakfast and brunch menu that I am determined to try.
After my second visit to Amalthea Bistro, I can honestly say that it is one of my favourite restaurants in Leeds and I cannot recommend it enough. I definitely suggest you book a table soon and see what all the fuss is about.