Greek cuisine harks back to its roots founded on the “Mediterranean Triad” from ancient times: wheat, olives and grapes i.e. wine. 🍇
Greek food features aromas like oregano, mint, garlic, onion, dill and laurel leaves (aka bay leaves) that flavour a range of vegetarian, fish and meat dishes like moussaka and lamb kleftiko.
And let’s not forget feta cheese, featuring in the iconic Greek salad and phyllo (or, filo) pastries, and lemon and yoghurt flavours.
If you love Greece as much as I do, you can keep the spirit of your last visit alive with my tried and tested favourite Greek hospitality venues around London.
Coffee and brunch
From freddo capuccino to crispy spanakopita, get your brunch and caffeine fix at these stylish cafes. If you’re after something sweet, order a bougatsa or a galaktoboureko to go with your Greek coffee! ☕🥐
- Briki in Exmouth Market. We ordered spanakopita, tiropita and bougatsa.
- Ergon Deli + Cafe in Mayfair and Westfield Stratford. We ordered koulouri with poached eggs, Greek yoghurt and spicy oil, and galaktoboureko.
- The Life Goddess in Bloomsbury and Carnaby Street. We ordered spanakopita, kataifi and baklava.
If you’ve visited Greece you’ve undoubtedly snacked on delicious pork gyros, but Greek street food is more than just your favourite pitta wrap with chips! 😋
- Holy Pitta in Angel. We ordered bifteki with feta filling and karditsa (sausage) and ravani.
- Kalamaki Street in Covent Garden. We ordered the Spartan Box with pork souvlaki, Greek salad, feta sauce, spanakopita and bougatsa.
- Yamas in Camden. We ordered kolokithokeftedes (courgette balls) and pork gyros portion.
Depending on where you’ve visited in Greece, chances are you’ve enjoyed the warm hospitality of a fish or meat taverna. These are our favourite spots in London to enjoy a hearty feast with fresh Greek salad and ouzo or tsipouro. 🍋
- Andy’s Taverna in Camden. We ordered the mixed grill, halloumi and pastourma.
- Hungry Donkey in Aldgate. We ordered feta chips, htipiti (cheese dip), avgolemono (chicken lemon soup), soutzoukakia (lamb) and kormos.
- Tony’s Pita in South Hampstead. We ordered tyrokafteri (spicy feta dip), kokoretsi (intestines) and mixed skewers.
Greek restaurants don’t differ a whole lot from tavernas in terms of menu items, but keep these spots in mind for a special occasion and for a modern twist on traditional flavours. 🥂
- Lemonia in Primrose Hill. We ordered saganaki (fried feta), soutzoukakia (meat balls) and pagidakia (lamb cutlets).
- Opso in Marylebone. We ordered feta kataifi, metsovone croquette, giouvarlakia dumplings and roasted potatoes.
- Retsina in Belsize Park. We ordered taramasalata, falafel, lounza (pork), loukanika (sausage), mixed grill and kataifi.
Do your tastebuds agree with this list? Share your thoughts and recommendations in the comments below! 👇
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