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Time Out says
Posted: Mon Jun 25 2012
This stylish addition to the capital’s Hellenic dining scene opened in 2012 in what used to be Costas Grill. Its food has more in common with the creations of leading Athens restaurants than anything you’d find in London – and the relief from the city’s Greeks is almost palpable. Purists might be troubled by the progressive presentation – mezédes are served in Kilner jars; tyrópitta is separated into filling and filo for DIY crumbling – but the flavours are reassuringly authentic. A jar of creamy white taramá hit just the right note of tangy, savoury deliciousness; another of fava (spilt-pea purée), accompanied by tender octopus, was so light it could have been whipped. Horiátiki contained top-quality oil and feta, properly ripe tomatoes, and (unexpectedly) Cretan-style rusk croûtons and salty capers. The hot dishes are better still. Keftédes were sublime and Mazi’s slabs of feta encased in black-sesame tempura with punchy lemon marmalade might well consign the humble saganáki to history. An all-Greek wine list showcases the region’s best bottles but on a Friday night, cocktails made with mastiha resin spirit were preferred by the gangs of young Greeks tightly packed either side of us in this fresh and contemporary dining room.
Mazi 12-14 Hillgate Street
- Venue phone:
020 7229 3794
- Venue website:
- Opening hours:
Lunch served noon-3.30pm daily. Dinner served 6.30-11pm Mon-Sat; 6.30-10pm Sun
Notting Hill Gate tube
Main courses £6-£25
- 12-14 Hillgate Street
- 020 7229 3794
- 12-14 Hillgate Street
Average User Rating
2.7 / 5
- 5 star:8
- 4 star:2
- 3 star:1
- 2 star:3
- 1 star:12
The biggest rip-off in town. Bad food overtly expensive with arrogant service....definitely a not-to-go.....dissapointing.
Mazi is a hidden little gem in Notting Hill with great food and atmosphere. The service is very friendly and helpful with all the Greek wines on offer. The food is very unusual but the taste is just great. I have never had Greek food like this. Make sure you book in advance, the place is small and it's packed every night!
Excellent modern Greek food.Fresh ingredients, original taste, interesting mastihal liqueur cocktails and the tempura feta cheese is actually worth all the raves. Everything was great but as the space is quite small it can get a bit too noisy on a Sat night...
Excellent food, great service and what a vibe! We celebrated my boyfriend's 30th last night and we couldn't have chosen a better place for it. Every dish was better than the one before! What an explosion of taste! The lobster with saffron, harissa and orzo pasta was my favourite! Definitely book here for birthdays, celebrations etc! We'll be back!
The food is nice and light and interesting but...If you are hungry you will still be afterwards. And it's too expensive for the portions. You will only need to move your spoon/fork twice into your mouth and your main is gone...I came back home after the dinner and enjoyed a nice ball of cereal before bed to calm down my unsatisfied stomach.
This is by far the best Greek food you can get in London and in Greece. Don't expect anything traditional though. Every dish comes as a surprise and they are being very creative with the usual lot. The waiters were very friendly as well. It was a shame the weather was not good...We would have loved dinner in the picturesque back yard. Highly recommended for a different take on Greek food and a fun night out!
On reading 'with the smell of chip-fat that once permeated this site now banished' to describe the former Costa's Grill, I felt compelled to respond. My husband and I were regular customers at Costa's for more than 40 years and NEVER once smelt chip fat. When Mazi took over from Costa's we hoped that it would prove a worthy successor. We have made two visits to Mazi, the second to try to convince ourselves that the first visit was only a 'one-off' unfortunate experience. Sadly, not so. Costa's Grill provided consistently good food and friendly service for over 50 years. Ingredients were fresh, the dishes full of flavour and very reasonably priced. These factors contributed to the loyal following which Costa's enjoyed in the local community and beyond. Mazi has attempted to create a Greek 'fine dining' restaurant in the premises occupied by Costa's. However, the new furnishings are in some ways inferior to those of Costa's: the replacement of the banquette seating with chairs has changed the acoustic quality of this small restaurant so that it is almost impossible to hold a comfortable conversation due to the jarring nature of the increased echo effect. While there are some interesting flavours to be found in the Mazi menu, portions are small and prices are high. Costa's - how we miss you!
They say, in their website, that "To stay authentic within MAZIs’ originality, we take pride in importing most of our ingredients from Greece" but they don't play Greek music in the restaurant. Instead, they they play loud, awful "pneumatic drill" style music. You eat as if you were in a club. Food was really good but I won't go back there.
I am afraid the owners of this restaurant didn't even give us the opportunity to try their food...such was unwelcoming and rude their 'welcome' in the restaurant. I am Greek and last Sunday was Greek Orthodox Easter so I had this fabulous idea to book for our Easter lunch a table to MAZI as I read so many nice reviews in the press...I called 3 weeks in advance to make sure I get a nice table for 5 as we had family visiting for the holiday and I really wanted them to enjoy. Upon arrival we had to wait a few minutes for the lady in charge to pay attention to us. When she showed us our table we thought there must be some sort of mistake as it was big enough only for 3!!! When we mentioned that she said that there was no other table available and that they warned us during the reservation that we will be squeezed....No way I would have booked a table for Easter lunch with family knowing that we will be squeezed like being in the northern line during rush hour...we proposed to add a second table which was empty next to ours but the response was that there was no more chairs...Seriously???? And to top this extremely unpleasant discussion she then called somebody else who came to tell us in a very rude and obnoxious manner that we should know about the squeezing situation and that he had 100 people on his waiting list for that day...Again…Seriously??? It’s worth mentioning that it is a very small and narrow restaurant….. Where was he planning to put all those people??? So we left wondering why would we care to go back there? Try the food when the service is so so bad from the moment you enter through the door....and in such a special day...If I was you I would wait to go to Greece to eat Greek food...Don't go there...Ever!!!
Really disappointed!! We hardly found a table as we didn't have any reservation however we were (un)lucky to get one. It's a matter of time for this restaurant to close as the food is overpriced and and the portions are extremely small. I will agree with a previous review from Notting Hill Local for the Cold Jars. They do not work as a concept or as tasty appetizers - better described as pricey and miniscule. Our main dishes were so small that we couldn't believe it. For an“Imam Baildi” we got a HALF aubergine which was delicious but still HALF costing £8! The Tiger Prawns “Saganaki” tremendously failed. The prawns were raw and when we asked for replacement we got another RAW-Tiger Prawns “Saganaki”. Two mistakes in the same dish in a restaurant with so many "good" reviews is unacceptable. "Saganaki" was removed from the bill...however I'd strongly not recommend this restaurant. It's not only locals that should avoid it but all that love the real Greek food.
Appalling experience: very noisy restaurant, ridiculously small portions (especially main dish), flavourless greek wine, staff and management who have not properly understood what is to attend customers in the food business. All of that for a significant amount of money for the diner we got. We will never go back.
I don't really understand the reviews of this place that are outstanding. The food as some of the reviews say is average at best. What is appalling is value for money. Small, very average plates served at disproportionate prices. As someone said, discerning locals should avoid.
Amazing modern greek food. Presentation is really nice, service very good. We had a wonderful experience and will return for sure!
One of the worst dining experiences ever. Terrible and slow service, small portions, ridiculously overpriced dishes, and cheap uncomfortable seating. The staff including the head waiter/ part owner need some serious training in front of house organization and customer service. Avoid unless you like leaving restaurants hungry, angry, and with an empty wallet. Total rip off.
Having read numerous reviews about this supposedly wonderful new Greek restaurant, my partner and I travelled to London with two guests to dine at Mazi with great anticipation, as we have not found a decent Greek restaurant in London since the wonderful 'Real Greek'. Sadly our experience at Mazi will go down as one of our worst ever .The restaurant is tiny and crammed full with unstable tables and cheap metal chairs and so noisy you could not even conduct a conversation. The food itself -very mediocre and disappointing to say the least :- Spanakopita served in a plastic jar with cold spinach and feta cheese in a lump at the bottom of the jar, and a few filo layers peculiarly poking out the top of the jar. Grilled Aubergine - bitter and inedible - we left it all Fried courgettes - considerable dough after taste and also inedible The main courses, when they finally arrived after a very lengthy wait, were similarly lack lustre and disappointing.The real issue arose with the three awful tsoureki souffles. Our guests' souffles were completely liquid in the centre and tasted of raw dough . We called the waiter. At this point Adrien Carre, whom we since found out is a co-owner attended . I politely explained our concerns about the souffles and he began a debate with me. Rather than making any apology or offer to replace the dessert, he continued to try to insist that there was nothing further to be done. At that point my partner who was astounded at Adrien's wholly inappropriate manner in dealing with the complaint, asked him what he was intending to do about these desserts as clearly they were inedible. Adrien's response was to very aggressively state ' I will get your bill!' and to storm off leaving us all incredulous as my partner was still eating He brought the bill within 15 seconds [ having removed the two desserts that had not been eaten] , placed it on the table and stormed off once again without any sign of an apology but with complete arrogance and anger which we have never before seen in the hospitality sector. We all left the table and made our way to the till to settle the bill. Adrien was standing outside saw my partner settling the bill and went back inside to try and lecture him ! Adrien began to challenge him infront of all the guests and even began to do a dance around my partner as he was leaving after having settled the bill. He followed my partner outside and was actually shouting at him before I went to recommend to him in Greek that he was totally out of order and should refrain from such completely unprofessional conduct, to which he advised me that he was not Greek and did not speak Greek. Evening ruined - awful and insulting experience from a man who does not deserve to be in business. My advice to all who read this- stay away from this terrible restaurant- your business not welcome and the food , service and ambience totally overrated and to be avoided.
Very disappointing. We ordered several dishes all of which were absolutely terrible. Spanakopita, Beet Root and Goats cheese and Summer Rolls served in "Cold Jars" do not work as a concept or as tasty appetizers - better descriptions to suit would be pricey and miniscule. Our main dishes of Lobster Orzo had 3 miniscule pieces of lobster in a muddy brown sauce and pasta topped with 'grape foam' was as offensive in taste as it was to the eye. The Rabbit Ragu was actually charred minced rabbit rolled and sliced in threes on top of wide slimy noodles in another brown sauce topped with feta cheese, all of which was served on a slate board. We each took one fork full of both entrees and left the dishes uneaten. The bill was nearly £150 - we left hungry and angry. Informed locals will avoid.
The food was definatelly well prepared,, but i think the have lost the character or vision for this restaurant. They can not suggest that the dishes are for sharing and the portions to be so small. It is unacceptable to bring 4 meatballs on a table with 6 guests! Also quite expensive, but not up to standard for the prices that they charge. The service was not bad, but it could definatelly improve! The managment should decide if they have a fine dinning restaurant or a sharing, more relax restaurant!
Great boutique restaurant, amazing food and ambiance! Top service and the owners are so warm and welcoming!
We are already regular to this new institution in Notting Hill where we love the food & the atmosphere. We've been there alone or with friends, always a success. The owner Adrien & Kristina are very arranging, the waiter Antoine is fast & remembers what you like, the food is blow minding & the concept of the jars is really fun & convivial - we love to share everything & talk about the revisited new Greek cuisine, the Greek wine list is also impressive - appreciate the comment coming from frogs. I hope you will like it as much as we do... & if ever the time allows it... I said if ever we have a few sunny days in London... run to the beautiful patio in the back under the olive arch: a real treat!
After reading some great reviews in various high end publications i had to visit this new restaurant in Notting Hill. Located less than 5 minutes walk away from the tube it turned out to be everything I had hoped for and more. The food was simply stunning and the service impeccable. The Greek wine was also a great accompaniment to the meal which started with a shot of local liquor. I have been back a couple of times since and will continue to do so. Top marks for a restaurant that has redefined my thoughts of Greek food.
terrible experience. terrible. we went there very excited about the prospects. Lets start: the food was delayed for about an hour and a half. they cancelled about 2/3s of the mains menu as they run out (by 8:45 on a friday). the chef and head waiter argued and both walked out. couldnt get the food out in time! they served: water down soup, a dish with prawns that has all in 3 prawns in them (yes 3!!), charging about 7 pounds for the dish (really...). even though the setting was great, nice garden, this is unfortunately very much an amateur operation. way too expensive for ill-prepared food, lack in service, and miniscule portions. definitely not recommended