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Posted: Fri Jan 10 2014
In Greece, the Ergon chain of deli-restaurants are spacious, airy affairs, with vast communal tables, sumptuous displays of olives and streaming sunshine. This is something that doesn’t quite translate to London – not even this petite prime location next to Selfridges. Put up with the squeeze, though, and there’s lots to like: sleek industrial-chic design, a basement deli full of beautifully packaged Greek artisan products, and a kitchen overseen by Athenian celeb-chef Dimitris Skarmoutsos.
It has been a lightning-fast hit with the capital’s homesick Greeks: there was a full (and almost entirely Hellenic) house for lunch on our visit. There’s an all-Greek wine list, mojitos made with chios mastiha liqueur, and a modern mezédes menu (all of which is designed to be shared) that’ll banish memories of day-glo meze dips forever.
Squid was grilled until perfectly tender, while a dish of fava (yellow split pea) purée topped with cured pork was satisfyingly smooth and smoky. A modern take on the classic saganáki (oat-rolled naxos gravièra cheese with rose petal syrup) looked great but was served far too cold. The flavoursome crunch of a simple Cretan-style barley rusk salad went some way towards making amends.
The Athenian café-culture vibe here lends itself more to an informal lunch or post-splurge evening snack than a long, leisurely dinner, but either way Ergon is another bold step forward for Greek cuisine in the capital.
Reviewed by Emma Howarth
Ergon 16 Picton Place
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Ergon has the absolute combination: great food in great prices. We go there almost every Friday night, the food is always tasty and soothing with great flavors. Advice to the people that want to go to Ergon: don't choose only the meze to share, try also the mains like the lamb that is absolutely amazing! Also, make a reservation if you are more than 2-3 people :)
Brilliant food made for sharing. We followed the advice of our brilliant and energetic Greek waitress who helped us navigate and shortlist dishes from a simple yet inspiring menu. All of the dishes were impeccably presented; save for the jeans and trainers most of the staff wear each plate could very much feel at home in a Michelin starred cuisine. The fava dish to share was divine and so was the greek salad which was chopped to perfection. We had a hard time choosing our main and opted for the gyro with a portion of fresh hand-cut fries on the side and the slow cooked lamp. Both were cooked to perfection and were enough to share between 3. The greek coffee cheesecake was a firm favourite amongst the group and is highly recommended. Before you leave, make sure you pop into the deli downstairs to stock up on feta spread, cheese, handmade jam and a series of other Greek goodies. Will definitely go back soon to continue exploring the menu!!!