i'm Greek-Cypriot and the 4 Lanterns is my favourite place to go when I miss my yiayia's cooking. Avgolemoni Soupa is excellent and the Souvla was equally as great. I'll keep returning. Really friendly owner too
The Four Lanterns
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Full of Greek charm, The Four Lanterns has been a favourite of central London restaurant-goers for many, many years. In fact, since 1970 this unpretentious slice of Greece – named after a famous Cypriot bridge, Ta Tessera Phanaia in Limassol - has given Londoners a taste for the Ionian lifestyle with its warm, hospitable welcome, cosy, authentic surroundings and delicious, sunny food. Gourds and lamps hang from the beamed ceiling of The Four Lanterns, smiling waitresses dart between the tables and the smells of charcoal grilling waft from the kitchen. It’s an evocative experience made all the more sensuous with the arrival of your meal – traditional Greek dishes ranging from light, fresh salads to hearty, flavoursome kebabs.
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The waitress was very hostile from the very beginning when we presented her with our kgb voucher. She only allowed us to choose from set menus written with chalk on a tiny blackboard which of course had a very limited choice and when I asked about the choice of food I was entitled to that I found on the internet that I could choose from with our voucher, then she denied any knowledge of this and acted oblivious to this fact, and also spoke poor english and had a poor understanding of english which was not helpful. I asked for a decent menu and she said that they did not have such a thing (!). Then I asked about what was gluten free as I am allergic to gluten and did not want to get food poisoning. Once again the waitress did not understand me and to be honest did not quite care as because we had the kgb voucher she paid minimal attention to us as compared to other customers. After a short while we watched a few new customers being seated and each handed proper menus, after seeing that I requested the menus from her and she grudgingly handed them to us. Throughout the entire stay at the restaurant I felt mistreated, uncomfortable and unwelcome. If it wasn't for the fact that we already paid for the voucher I would have imminently left the restaurant as her cold, unfriendly and rushed service made the whole experience unpleasant and I couldn't enjoy the meal with my sister as we both felt so uncomfortable. Overall, an uncomfortable experience where we could not relax thoughout the whole meal. However, the food was quite good and the deal was a reasonable one. It was a shame the service and treatment had to bring the great experience the little restaurant could have potentially offered.