As a child I learnt a very important lesson about eating out. Look to see where the locals eat! This is spot on when you are abroad as the locals will always steer you to the restaurants serving the best food and with the most reasonable prices in the local area. The same can also be said at home. I live in London where there is an abundance of restaurants. The problem there is finding the good ones amongst the mediocre and plain awful. Not as simple or pleasant an experience as one might think. For me a good quality is a must, especially when I go out for Greek food (I am Greek Cypriot in origin).
There is no shortage of Greek restaurants in London but I tracked one down that all the Greeks and locals to that area rave about and visit often. This restaurant now gets so busy that you have to fit into two hour time slots on certain evenings and times.
Along I popped for a meal with my husband and mini ones to find out what all the fuss was about. The menu had a good range of food that was not excessive. The only item missing was sheftalia which is skinless sausages that are normally served with salad and chips and are very popular because they are yummy! We ordered the meze which of course is the most popular item on the menu and contains numerous dishes including hot and cold starters, a Greek salad, seafood and then a platter of meat. We ordered meze for 2 and a portion of chips and it was enough to feed my husband and I, both my daughters and Mr Squisy.
I love this part with the small dishes and a basket of warm pitta bread because you get a great variety of textures and flavours that really bring the taste of the Mediterranean to life. The salad is always served with the starters and as you can clearly see the ingredients are fresh. No half dead wilting leaves in this bowl.
One of Mr Squishy’s favourite dishes. We all love the squid rings. Just a little tip make sure you squeeze a generous amount of lemon and sprinkle over a little salt and your tastebuds will be over the moon.
The Swordfish and octopus were served on the same dish. I personally find the swordfish a little boring but lucky for me hubby didn’t even realise there were two items on the dish and he ate my portion too. I know quite a few people that really do like the monkfish so it just comes down to a matter of taste with that particular dish. The octopus though is another story. OMG!!! This tastes fabulous. The soft tender flesh combined with the smoky flavour from the charcoal make this taste divine and I plan to have their main dish of octopus as a meal one day soon. I am extremely excited about that I must admit.
Having eaten so many prawns before I have become a master at cleaning these with a knife and fork. These were a bit overcooked making them harder to peel but the garlic butter accompanying them was a nice touch. Don’t forget the squeeze of lemon to help break up the fat in the butter and to create a great flavour combination too.
Just when you think you can’t eat any more food the skewers with chicken and pork arrives. Can someone order us some wheelbarrows to take us home please.
I must admit this isn’t my favourite part of the meal as these normally come out a bit dry for my liking although the solution for this would of course be in the cooking time and in the marinating process.
Either way the children and my husband polished it all off and somehow still miraculously had space for the complimentary Greek sweets and ice cream. As you can see Mr Squishy was straight in there waiting for no one to assist.
This is one of the best Greek restaurants that I have been to in London. The staff are always friendly, polite and accommodating even if you do turn up 15 to 20 minutes early. and they are great with children and like most Greeks love babies! A word of advice do not fill up on bread or you will have no chance of finishing this. On the plus side if you can’t finish they will always pop the remaining food in a takeaway container for you to take home.
A winner with the children and with us, we will be going back again soon and I plan to work my way through the menu.