After decades of hit-or-miss mezze, London’s Greek food scene has had a much-needed shake-up. The old-school tavernas that satisfy our post-holiday cravings have been joined by a new wave of restaurants giving classic dishes a modern makeover. If you fancy a taste of the Mediterranean without leaving London, here are ten restaurants to try.
Hungry Donkey – Sitting firmly in the ‘modern’ camp is Hungry Donkey, a light and airy restaurant just off Petticoat Lane. With dishes available to eat-in or take-away, you can pop in for a lunchtime souvlaki wrap or go for dinner and assemble a meze feast. Try their fava – a yellow split pea dip that’s perfect for scooping up with hot pita.
Andy’s Taverna – Serving home-cooked Greek food in Camden since the ’60s, this family-run taverna continues to impress. Expect friendly staff, closely-packed tables, and food that is simple, fresh and delicious. Locals rave about their kleftiko.
Milos – At the London outpost of the Estiatorio Milos group, fish and seafood arrives daily from Cornwall and the Mediterranean. Choose a selection – grilled, fried, raw – for the table to share, plus fresh salads and some of their lightly fried courgette flowers.
Meraki – This upscale but unpretentious restaurant serves chargrilled meats, whole fish dishes, and meze dishes that change with the seasons. Let the clued-up staff recommend a Greek wine to go with signature dishes like lobster ‘giouvetsi’ or chargrilled lamb chops with aubergine and hummus.
Alexander The Great – With its creeping vines and classical statues, this rustic taverna ticks all the boxes for a light lunch or dinner with friends. If you’re not sure what to order, try the mixed meze – a traditional Cypriot feast of hot and cold meze dishes, followed by fish and grilled meats. Bring your appetite!
Hovarda – If you’re looking for big flavours in stylish surroundings, try this Aegean-inspired restaurant from the team behind Yosma. With its shimmering green tiles, open kitchen, and upstairs cocktail bar, it’s a top spot for date night.
Suvlaki – With restaurants in Shoreditch and Soho, Suvlaki specialises in – you guessed it – grilled meat skewers cooked on a robata-style grill. Pair your chosen skewers with small plates like Greek salad, courgette fritters, and prawn saganaki.
The Life Goddess – Part deli, part restaurant, this Bloomsbury gem is always worth a visit. You can pop in for lunch, start your day with coffee and cake, or pick up some Greek products and wine to take home. In the evenings, they serve home-style dishes like moussaka and stifado, alongside fresh dips and salads.
Mazi – With its refined Greek menu and impressive wine list, Mazi is an elegant spot for date night and celebratory dinners. Start with dinky jars of tarama and tzatziki before sampling signature dishes like lamb shoulder stifado and grilled octopus with lentils and yuzu lemon oil.
OPSO – OPSO serves modern Greek tapas dishes – ideal for sharing with family and friends. At the weekend, you can book for brunch and start your day with spanakopita, feta saganaki, and their twist on eggs Benedict, served with koulouri milk bread with Greek yogurt hollandaise.
London also has some great Greek street food traders – look out for Kalimera, The Grilling Greek, and Souvlaki Street. We’re big fans of The Athenian’s souvlaki wraps and What The Pitta’s vegan doner.
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