The Real Greek

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Spitalfields
There’s no escaping the fact TRG is a chain. Now eight branches strong, its latest outposts are in Shepherd’s Bush’s Westfield shopping centre and at Spitalfields Market (whose identikit ‘makeover’ has rendered it a mall in all but name). Not that this deters punters, who come for reliable but far from earth-shattering food in glossy surrounds. The Spitalfields venue sports attractive raised banquettes in inky leather, rust-coloured ceramic plates, rustic touches (baskets for lampshades) and a long, reconstituted-granite bar ideal for City lunches. Sundays see shoppers replace local workers in the outside seating area. As well as souvláki, served in mainland Greek style – wrapped in pitta and paper – the meze picks from the islands and beyond. Santorinian fava dip was smooth, bland but surprisingly moreish; tabouleh was bulgar wheat-heavy with barely detectable herbage. The pittas, grill-blackened and glistening with olive oil, are finger-licking. Thyme-sprinkled lamb cutlets were lean; greasy whitebait came with unremarkable lemon mayo; fresh, batter-less, pleasantly chewy calamares was the tastiest dish. The dance-lite music is fit for purpose, if the aim is rapid customer turnover. TRG is fine for a quick, dependable refill but not somewhere to linger.
Venue name: The Real Greek
Contact:
Address: 6 Horner Square
London
E1 6EW
Cross street: Old Spitalfields Market
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-8pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Liverpool Street tube/rail
Price: Main courses £4.95-£6.25. Set menu £23.95-£27.95 8 courses

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Francesco

My Girlfriend and I went to this restaurant for lunch a couple of ago ago after strolling in Spitafield Market. I am not a fan of chains at all but I went for it. The food overall was pretty good. The Babaganoush was excellent served with some fried flat fresh bread (No idea how Greek that was) but was very tasty. The Salt Cod, Grilled Octopus, Grilled Kalamari and Loukaniko Country Sausage yummy. The salt cod melted in my mouth and the Kalamari were very BBQ. Although full of flavour the octopus was a bit Chevy and the Loukaniko was very gamy and it tasted more like mutton then pork but improved with the relish. The price was decent. Probably I will go back!