The Real Greek
54 St.Martins Lane, London, WC2N 4EA
Sometimes there is nothing nicer than a good catch-up with a good friend over good food and wine. It relaxes us, relieves stress and personally it just makes me feel Fab. And this exactly how I felt on Thursday when I headed to The Real Greek on St.Martins Lane in London with my friend Kate. Bar eating Lazy Hummus and munching on Olives, I can’t really say I’ve eaten a lot of Greek food, so I was really looking forward to trying something new and enjoying a bit of a Mediterranean dining experience*
After ordering our drinks – a Greek beer for Kate and a glass of Ellinas white wine for me – we looked over the menu, our mouths drooling over the sound of these exotic dishes, and decided the best way to do this was to just order lots of different things for the both of us to share. Technically this is called a Mezze, and for our Thursday night Mezze we ordered the following:
Greek Flat Bread
Tzatziki – Cool and tangy Greek yoghurt with cucumber and garlic
Dolmades – Vine leaves stuffed with rice, tomato and fresh herbs
Tiropitakia – Three filo pastry parcels with creamy leek, spinach and feta filling
Bifteki – Succulent British beef handmade burger patties with spring onion, served with minted yoghurt.
Grilled Halloumi – Served with a garnish of charred red peppers.
Grilled Asparagus – Dressed with olive oil, Greek honey and Kozanis saffron
Lamb Meatballs – Handmade British lamb patties grilled and topped with Greek yoghurt, tomato sauce, onions and sprinkled with paprika.
Greek Salad – Classic, hearty and rustic, with tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, Greek olives, red onion, feta and olive oil, finished with sprinkled oregano
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I have to say I was impressed with how quick our first round of dishes came – Flat bread, Tzatziki and Dolmades – we must have been waiting no longer than 5 minutes. And they were presented beautifully; at The Real Greek, all your food is served on a tier, much like you would see at Afternoon Tea. It makes so much sense as you can order as much food as you like without knocking it off the table.
I’m not a fan of tough bread but fortunately the flat bread was incredibly soft and we ate every crumb as we mopped up the Tzatziki that had my taste buds tingling. I love Tzatziki, it’s one of my favourite dipping sauces and perfect for summer with it being so cool and refreshing. The Dolmades were delicious, I didn’t think I would be a fan of the actual vine leaves, but they certainly won me over and were so beautifully presented.
Next up we were served our main dishes. Asparagus and Halloumi are two foods I absolutely love, so I knew what to expect and I was not dissapointed! Both dishes were incredible. But the Tiropitakia’s were brand new to me, so I had no idea what to expect but I have to say I was so impressed with them. They are like little parcels of heaven and I highly recommend. However, they are quite rich so I found three was just the right amount between the two of us. The two meat dishes we ordered, Bifteki and Lamb meatballs, were also delicious, in fact they were the first plates that we completely cleared.
I honestly think this was one of the best meals I’ve had in London recently – I was so impressed. I think The Real Greek is such a perfect place to catch up with friends over a Mediterranean mezze – it’s a lovely restaurant, with such friendly service and above all the food is incredible. It’s tasty yet surprisingly not very carby or fatty, not to mention it’s relatively cheap. Kate and I ordered nine dishes between us, plus one beer, one wine and a coffee and the total would have been £53.65 (excluding service). Basically – Amazing!