CCU Undercover: Enigma at the Piazza

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CCU cracked up once again while watching Big Fat Greek Wedding. The popcorn was flying around as she clutched her stomach and she tipped over her drink in a rush to grab the remote and rewind to the scene where Aunt Voula thinks lamb is not meat! 

She began to dream about her own Greek wedding. Despite not being Greek and not knowing any Greek men. Hmmm… So she settled for the next best thing and found a darling new Greek restaurant hidden to the side of the Piazza of her local shopping haven…

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The name is just so fitting for this restaurant. Located right on the edge of the Piazza, it is not the most obvious making it quite mysterious ;)

http://www.facebook.com/EnigmaDining

http://www.facebook.com/EnigmaDining

I suppose it is also more mysterious because of the cuisine it serves. How many of you actively know Greek cuisine inside out (If you are Greek, refrain from answering!) and say, ‘Oh, I want to go eat Greek tonight.’

But this is from an Australian perspective, maybe globally, Greek food is better well known, but here in Sydney, Greek restaurants are not that common, especially in comparison to Chinese, Thai or Italian restaurants.

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But I found one and it was awesome!

Class. This place had class. And my brother and I felt so classy… until when I got up and bumpedthetablesothesaltnpeppershakersfellandcausedacomotion… don’t judge me, I am only 17!
To top it off, I may or may not have handed them to someone who actually was not working there but was in a white shirt and black pants… because he gave me a huge ‘what the hell?’ look but I was too embarrassed to really say anything before fleeing :P

Bane of my existence...

Bane of my existence…

But otherwise we were pretty high up, I must say ;)

This place had a dress code (no singlets) so, when you compare it to Nandos sitting opposite it, we felt like we were in a whole other realm. Haha, personally, I was this close to wearing thongs and thank god I did not!

Anyway, they were not that full on our arrival so we had immediate assistance and waiters who were at their optimum in professionalism and friendliness. It was such a change from the usual rush!

We started off with drinks, in which my brother got the Dry Ginger Ale ($4.50) and it was a little sweet with a real kick – honestly, I am not the biggest Ginger Ale fan but this was exquisite :)

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I just asked for some water, and of course, embarrassed myself here as well because, in the age of today, of course you don’t just ask for water (apparently!). You must specify – tap or sparkling or mineral yadda, yadda, yadda :P
So I eventually mumbled ‘tap please’ by the end of the miscommunication but truly, felt out of my depth!

But the water was refreshing and I loved the lemon in it. BAM, class ;)

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Then, swiftly, we got our cutlery and napkins, ready for our entrée. My brother and I decided to go with the Enigma Meze Plate ($35) – Tzatziki & taramosalata dip, wood fired pita bread, marinated olives, dolmades, feta cheese, grilled haloumi cheese, BBQ chorizo and sardelles. This was of course, after being assured it was suitable for two people, though you know my family’s appetite by now, so you must be wondering why we bothered ;)

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First, let me use my awesome Greek translation (via Wiki) skills for you :)

Taramosalata = A dip which features the salted and cured roe of the cod or carp
Dolmades = Grapevine leaves stuffed with rice and vegetables
Sardelles = Anchovies

Where do I even start with this platter? All the components were so well-laid out and looked so enticing. My mouth is watering as I think about it again. Sigh…

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Well, my brother was thrilled to be left with the non-veg parts all to himself. Here is his shot of the chorizo and anchovies. For him, the anchovies were an inch away from eating a handful of salt and I have heard them to be an acquired taste depending on your salt handling capacity :P
But the chorizo, hot damn, my brother definitely believed it to be the best he has ever had. And he has a lot of chorizo experience, believe you me :)

Courtesy of my brother!

Courtesy of my brother!

How about we move on to the haloumi cheese now. These days, cheese and I are not really seeing eye to eye. After eating this, we are the best of buds again! It felt like there was a coating of cheese covering soft cheese. And the grilled taste was delicious, so smooth and well, cheesy! Big thumbs up!

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Then we move on to the Dolmades. I have never tasted anything like this before, the vine leaves were salty and the mixture of vegetables and rice was sweet but savoury at the same time. I know, I am so nonsensical! But it is true and they were delicious – I felt so cultured eating them ;)

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The olives and the fish dip (because come on, that name is so long!) were delicious as well according to my brother. I did try the olives but honestly speaking, I am not the biggest salty olive fan but the olive oil rub they were in really gave them a kick!

Now, we move on to the tzatziki and feta and bread. Put them together and you a flavour explosion going on, no joke!

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The bread was firm, the dip was fresh and that feta cheese… so delicious with its dripping oil and herbs….

This was how we finished. And, the wonderful people at Enigma asked us if we wanted to keep the dips and olives for our main meal. Who does that? And this is where, you make ignore because I will keep fan-girling over the class ;)
Actually, I would not say fan-girling, more like fan-peopling because my brother was also very giddy at this ;)

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A new set of cutlery and a new napkin later….

Hands up if you like lamb? Oh, wow what a spread (this is a virtual image by the way but I am sure many of you do!) Well… if you ever visit Australia/are in Australia, do come visit this place for their Wood Fired Slow Roasted Lamb – Served with baked crispy potatoes and seasonal oven baked vegetables with Tzatziki dip as a side ($39).

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Courtesy of my brother!

The lamb was tender and the perfect pink, cooked to perfection and flavoured beautifully. The potatoes (for which I can attest too) were crunchy golden delicious and the vegetables had been sautéed. Perfect side.

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I had originally planned to get the Yemista (Tomatoes and capsicum stuffed with rice, fresh herbs and Spanish onions) but can you believe they ran out during the lunch rush? I will be back, if only to try this dish!

But they accommodated beautifully for my vegetarianism by providing a Roasted Vegetable Stack (drizzled in balsamic vinegar sauce) – Served with grilled haloumi cheese, dolmades and fresh shoots. I may be vegetarian but am not a huge fan of eating vegetables like this. Until now.

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The dolmades and haloumi cheese were of course, delicious (as described above) but these vegetables, just look at them. How could they possibly not taste good?

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The sweetness of the sauce went very well with the perfectly roasted sweet potato, eggplant and zucchini (which I originally thought was cucumber :P).

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Perfectly roasted…

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Here, we show our fabulous appetites again. Check out the desserts!

My brother, a classic, went for his favourite Sticky Date Pudding – Served with a warm rich caramel sauce. Wild berries and vanilla bean ice cream ($15).  Rich, sweet and delicious, it was up to the standard of any great Sticky Date (of which my brother has a lot of experience of trying)

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Though I find it funny that they would write ‘wild berries’ and serve it with a single pretty strawberry…. :P

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I went all out for some ice cream and got the Assorted Ice Cream ($12) – Choice of either Gelato (hazelnut, chocolate, vanilla, pistachio) or Sorbet (Mango, passionfruit, lemon, raspberry). I was going to get only hazelnut but then the kind waitress told me it was three scoops. Instead of changing my order like I should have, I grinned like a goober and ordered 1 chocolate and 2 hazelnut :)

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Yay me!

The gelato was very smooth and the flavours were intense but by combining chocolate and hazelnut, it felt like I was eating Nutella Ice cream :D

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General Overview

  • Very friendly, fast service with continual checks if we needed anything – though it must be taken into account that there were not many diners
  • I think they should keep greater stock of their food and do not know their own popularity – it is an adjusting matter since they are newly opened but they also did not have a panna cotta dessert available
  • The professionalism of their serving was evident

Rating: 9/10

Booking: Recommended more for lunch than dinner but to be safe, at all times

Address:

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Shop 21, The Piazza
Castle Towers Shopping Centre
6 Castle Street
Castle Hill NSW 2154

Phone Number: 8850 3330

Websites:

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Just before I leave you to fantasize about Greek food, I just want to note how awesome it is that my brother (big burly teenage hungry brother) still lets me take photos of the food before digging in :)
And that he orders such exotic food that no one else in my family tries!
I wuv you bhaiya <3

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Shirley Tay May 6, 2013, 10:02 am

Greek wedding sounds fab! I’d love to have that too, if I’ve to hold another wedding again. Oops! Hahaha!

dianeskitchentable May 2, 2013, 8:43 pm

Wow, that all looks good enough for me to get on a plane & fly there right now! Big Fat Greek Wedding is still one of my all time favorite movies, I laugh now thinking of it.

thoughtsappear April 30, 2013, 5:44 pm

BIg Fat Greek Wedding cracks me up every time, too!

Heather April 29, 2013, 4:10 pm

What an amazing dining experience!

bitsandbreadcrumbs April 28, 2013, 4:38 pm

I love, love, love Greek food and could happily dive into that mezze platter and eat the whole lot by myself! Looks like a great restaurant.

jlaceda April 27, 2013, 8:47 pm

Everything looks so good, my friend! Making me very hungry right now…

Kathleen Richardson April 27, 2013, 12:13 am

Wow, can’t believe you ate all that! I love stuffed grape leaves… so easy to make, too. You always have such fun eating out, CCU.

Jennifer Eloff April 26, 2013, 10:58 pm

Wowzers, fancy meal. Love the lamb! Thanks, Uru, now I’m hungry again! Sheer decadence!

Tisa April 26, 2013, 6:01 pm

I love reading these reviews. Great job CCU, and Oh I want to eat greek tonight!

Cravings of a Lunatic April 26, 2013, 6:07 am

I seriously want to go for dinner with you.

mjskit April 26, 2013, 4:33 am

What a feast! The restaurant should be paying you for this review!

Kiran @ KiranTarun.com April 25, 2013, 7:48 pm

I want to go on a eating adventure with you guys! And your opening liners had me LOLing for a long time :D

mysfkitchen April 25, 2013, 1:58 am

LOL i love that movie, cracks me up every time :)

Cakelaw April 25, 2013, 12:14 am

GU, you crack me up – dress code: no singlets? LOL. For Oz, that’s about right, though no fear of singlets in Melbourne at present as it’s too cold. You must come to Melbourne to try Greek sometime – we have the largest population of Greeks outside of Greece!

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:16 pm

Ooooh I did not know that! Best coffee, Greek restaurants, definitely do need to visit Melbourne soon :D

Cheers
CCU

amy donovan (@amy_donovan) April 24, 2013, 8:56 pm

I loooove Greek food and this looks SO good. You are making me so hungry! I’m craving dolmades in a big way right now. =)

Purely.. Kay April 24, 2013, 8:17 pm

I can see why you gave this place a 9 out of 10. Everything looks absolutely delicious. I would love to visit this restaurant.

Geni - Sweet and Crumby April 24, 2013, 8:14 pm

Your restaurant review has me craving some Greek food…now! :) All looks divine!

lisa lawless (@lisaiscooking) April 24, 2013, 7:04 pm

I love Greek food! Your veggie meal looks fabulous. And, sticky date pudding for dessert sounds delightful.

afracooking April 24, 2013, 6:47 pm

You had me at “mezze” – what a fabulous looking plate!

Denise at BeBetsy April 24, 2013, 5:54 pm

Hello CCU! Great to see you! Wonderful pics as always, makes us very hungry. You site looks great and we are happy you are doing so well – you so deserve it! Take care and best of days friend. Sharon and Denise @BeBetsy

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:17 pm

Haha I am glad this post stimulated your appetites my friends :D
Thank you very much for your kind words and you are guys are doing fantastic too :)

Cheers
CCU

yummychunklet April 24, 2013, 5:38 pm

I love the look of that appetizer plate! So many flavors!

Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking April 24, 2013, 3:31 pm

Wow – what a gorgeous Greek meal! You’ve got my mouth watering for sure!

navane64 April 24, 2013, 11:11 am

Very interesting spread of food and drinks. I would love to try out this restaurant too. That said I am not sure if we have Greek restaurants over here but now that I have seen your post, I am gonna look out for one.

Bam's Kitchen (@bamskitchen) April 24, 2013, 10:22 am

You have one awesome brother for waiting to dig into to his meals so the “foodie” could get all of her photo shots. Now please do share…have you ever stood on your chair on a restaurant to get that best shot? LOL Everything looks mighty delicious. Have a super week, BAM

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:18 pm

Haha you know me too well my friend, I think I stood on a stool once… :P

Cheers
CCU

Marta @ What should I eat for breakfast today April 24, 2013, 9:41 am

I saw the movie, so funny. I’m glad you love greek food and you found a good place, looks delicious for sure :)

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella April 24, 2013, 7:23 am

You’re so cute! I loved the line “I grinned like a goober” :P

Zoe April 24, 2013, 4:44 am

I’m laughing at the restaurant description of wild berries because all I can see on the dish is just a lonely strawberry. Nevertheless, the sticky date pudding looks really good!

Balvinder April 24, 2013, 4:12 am

Seems like you are enjoying your holidays with lovely meals.

Tessa April 24, 2013, 3:32 am

What a lovely meal!

Juliana April 24, 2013, 3:07 am

Uru…everything looks awesome…so tasty.
I love Greek food…hope you are having a wonderful week :)

The Foodie Affair April 24, 2013, 2:15 am

Lucky to enjoy that meal! That plate with several choices looks so yummy!

Inger Wilkerson April 24, 2013, 12:43 am

Great title! And the food looks delicious–I am a big dolmades fan–mmmmm!

bakeawaywithme.com April 23, 2013, 10:30 pm

I just adore Middle Eastern/Greek food! Your meal looks fantastic! I actually make stuffed grape leaves and they are so good! Nice post!

A_Boleyn April 23, 2013, 10:28 pm

Great menu and I think you made wise choices. I’m not a big veggie fan but that stack sounds pretty appetizing. I might not order it as my first pick but I’d certainly have one if it was served family style. Love the lamb too. :) The grilled haloumi is also very intriguing. I’ve never tried it but I’m going to see if I can pick some up the next time I go to the city market. As to desserts, I’m surprised they didn’t have any Greek desserts on offer.

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:19 pm

Oh they did have Greek desserts but my brother and I were just not in the mood – they had baklava, Bougatsa amongst others :)

Cheers
CCU

Minnie@thelady8home April 23, 2013, 10:16 pm

Our fav food joint is a Lebanese one that I had reviewed on my blog. This seems so good that it could become a fav too were it located close by!

Nazneen | Coffee and Crumpets April 23, 2013, 9:28 pm

Nice restaurant! I love Greek food, except for lamb. I had some of the best seafood in Greece, and I don’t even like seafood! The dolmades I love..but they did a good job with your veggie plate. Looks really good.

Suzie April 23, 2013, 9:20 pm

You know I have never seen that movie, I must add it to the list. I do however adore Greek cuisine. Once again I think I want to share your brother’s plates :)

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:21 pm

Oooh you must watch it my friend, it is so cute and funny! :D

Cheers
CCU

Catherine April 23, 2013, 8:23 pm

I can hear the excitement in your writing. You thoroughly enjoyed your experience. It is a memory you will look back on with a smile. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Catherine April 23, 2013, 8:22 pm

I can hear the excitement in your words. You thoroughly enjoyed your experience. I am happy for you and your brother. It is a memory you will look back on with a smile. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

Curry and Comfortc April 23, 2013, 8:16 pm

Your family goes to some nice restaurants. I would love to try it all.. especially that starter with all the olives. :)

applec April 23, 2013, 6:59 pm

My husband is Lebanese. I just love hummus and meatless grape leaves, all the other good things that Greek/Lebanese cooking has to offer.
Your meal looks so good.

ashley April 23, 2013, 5:00 pm

I always hate when I order something and can’t get it! This does look like a lovely restaurant though and I’m drooling over these pictures!

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:21 pm

Haha that may be true but I suppose in the end I had no regrets ;)

Cheers
CCU

bentodays April 23, 2013, 4:38 pm

Lovely place and food looks great! *drool*

Maureen | Orgasmic Chef April 23, 2013, 4:35 pm

Greek food is always a hit with me. Your veggie stack looks amazing.

john@kitchenriffs April 23, 2013, 4:31 pm

Fun review! Sounds like a great restaurant. We’re lucky – we live about 3 blocks away from a great Greek restaurant, so we can get our fill whenever we want!

Kim Bultman April 23, 2013, 3:45 pm

Uru, I have just one word for you: Opa! :)

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:22 pm

Opa! ;)
*Waves hands around crazily*

Cheers
CCU

apuginthekitchen April 23, 2013, 2:57 pm

I so love Greek food and am with you on the movie, it’s hilarious. That food is making me really hungry, I love all your choices and i want some right now.

Viveka April 23, 2013, 2:39 pm

Love Greek cuisine …. and lamb is my favorite meat. 9/10 not bad and I love the way they presented their dishes too. Things can happen at a restaurant and it could be that panna cotta was sold out or it could have gone bad, instead of selling a product that is not good is it better to take it off the menu until new has been done. I wouldn’t have a problem with that .. if that was the only dish on the menu that they couldn’t supply.
Brilliant review again and the photos are to eat from. Great job.
I would had visit the restaurant on your review.

Meenakshi April 23, 2013, 2:37 pm

Oh I am so hungry now. I love gelato; and that grilled haloumi looks divine.

cookingactress April 23, 2013, 1:32 pm

That place looks lovely (don’t worry I always embarass myself anytime I go out, too :P) and omg the ice cream!!! I live in Astoria (in Queens, in NYC), which is also nicknamed “Little Athens” so Greek stuff is everywheeeeere hahaa

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:23 pm

Oh wow you are so lucky my friend! And glad to know I am not alone ;)
I should be going out in a mask honestly!

Cheers
CCU

Kim@Treats & Trinkets April 23, 2013, 12:59 pm

I love Greek food, but then I’m spoiled for choice in terms of ethnic food where I live. XD Those dolmades look heavenly.

Ridwan April 23, 2013, 12:10 pm

Everything looks delicious,i love greek foods and the first plate with little bit of everything YUM :)

Joanne April 23, 2013, 11:23 am

I love greek food and everything you ordered sounds awesome!

Tea with Erika April 24, 2013, 6:55 pm

I love Greek food, it’s a shame there isn’t one single Greek restaurant in my city :( And, by the way, I’m a sucker for ginger ale! :P

kalamitykelli April 23, 2013, 11:13 am

YUM! We love Greek food and stuffed grape leaves – dolmades – are some of my favorites! Looks like you had a lovely time with your brother. Just one question: What is a singlet?

Tandy April 23, 2013, 10:40 am

It’s frustrating when you can’t get the dish you order!

Carolyn Chan April 23, 2013, 8:04 am

Wow Castle Towers has really stepped up its game in terms of ethnic cuisines ! (I used to live there gosh – ten years ago ?). I LOVE Greek cuisine and your meal looked delicious !

Choc Chip Uru April 26, 2013, 8:15 pm

Haha imagine if I had ever run into you as a 7 year old ;)
What a coincidence! But definitely, the Piazza has upped its class!

Cheers
CCU

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