1) Spanish Coca Pizza
Greasy pizza with bucket loads of cheese is great – but a soft, warm fresh bread base – first, topped off with the sharp tastes of roasted pimenton, olives, aioli and smoked paprika, followed by sprinkled bits of rich Mozzarella – is something else.
2) Roast Garlic and Cream Cheese Tortellini
Ring-shaped tortellinis stuffed with exquisite cream cheese and just the right twist of garlic in chunky tomato sauce that seals the deal. Love the frills-free name that tells you exactly what to expect. But what it doesn’t prepare you for is the phenomenal mix of opposing textures and flavours you experience once you dive in.
3) Ricotta Steak
Ricotta is basically the king of spreadable cheese. While it’s amazing on its own, its full-throttle potential comes through best when it’s paired right. At AKA, you can sample this paradisiacal creation baked and topped with juicy sun-blush tomatoes, sprinkles of pine nuts and a fruity, piquant red pepper coulis. (In case you want to try it now).
4) Pan-Fried Halloumi
Crisp on the outside and tender on the inside Halloumi (a fabulous cheese originally from the Mediterranean)- with asparagus, lemon olive pistachio salsa glaze and a scrumptious seasonal chutney. Pan-Fried Halloumi’s pulling crowds from all over the city.
5) Warm Goat Cheese Salad
Even if you’re one of those who think salads are too plain jane, AKA’s Warm Goat Cheese Salad (chopped chilli fig tossed with marinated beetroots, exquisite toasted almonds and highly defined chunks of high quality goat cheese) while light and healthy, is utterly divine.
6) Goat Cheese and Assorted Mushroom Sandwich
Taking sandwiches to the next level with a thick cream of tangy Goat Cheese scraped on loaves of authentic multigrain bread, stuffed with cut-up pieces of fresh cherry tomatoes, pesto, rocket leaves and chunks of assorted mushrooms – Goat Cheese and Assorted Mushroom Sandwich is a must-try.
7) Filo Baked Camembert
Crumbly filo (the sheet of bread covering your baklava and börek – that’s the one), kissed with a thick glaze of piquant citrus and filled with a pristine slab of baked Camembert…. that’s decadence for you.
8) Cheese Platter
And for the ultimate cheese aficionado – here’s your chance to sample a carefully handpicked selection of cheeses from different parts of the world. There’s Cheddar Cheese, Brie, Blue Cheese, Parmesan and Goat Cheese on a platter – with chopped grapes, crackers and seasonal chutney. Don’t even think of missing this.
9) Asparagus Risotto
This dish literally screams sophistication and sin. Your creamy risotto with molten pieces of marinated Feta placed on top of a hot risotto don’t just have a pleasing effect on the eyes but compliment the sauces exceptionally well. As amazing as it looks, it tastes even better!
We’ve saved these little boys for last. Deep fried rice balls made of bread crumbs, garden fresh tomatoes, olive tapenades and copious amounts of Cheddar cheese. Sweet, tiny yet extraordinarily delicious – Arancini is a favourite among most AKA regulars.