Anyone who enjoyed eating at the original Real Greek on Hoxton Market (now closed) can’t fail to be disappointed by the watered-down chain left in its wake, but this diminutive branch, a stone’s throw from the Hellenic Centre, seemed to be keeping its end up on our lunchtime visit. Inside, the stripped-back feel of the rest of the chain is very much in evidence: exposed brick, statement light fittings, scrubbed-up floorboards and multi-level banquettes.
While other diners were a bit thin on the ground, service was swift and friendly; staff encouraged us to linger. The menu lists a good selection of Greek wines (including the house red and white: both available by the carafe). Piled high on afternoon tea-style stands, our mezédes were more hit than miss, with perfectly tender grilled calamares and well-spiced lamb keftédes the best of the bunch. So-so tomatoes in a skimpily sized horiátiki failed to impress, but we happily mopped up a melitzanosaláta, despite an excess of herbs and spring onions masking any authentic smokiness.
There’s no escaping the chain factor, but for a glass or two after work or a swift weekday lunch, there’s life yet in this particular branch.
|Venue name:||The Real Greek||Contact:|
56 Paddington Street
|Opening hours:||Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun|
|Transport:||Tube: Baker Street or Regent's Park|
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Average User Rating
3.7 / 5
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Went there for lunch, food took 45 minutes to come as apparently there was a massive backlog, overall it took 1hr 40 mins eat there. Manager brought 2 mains and said "these are EXTRA because the food is late, EXTRA" and left the other 2 mains came and of course as you are guessing the other 2 never came because the 2 "EXTRA, EXTRA" mains we're not extra or free these were the actual mains we ordered. Because she said were EXTRA people in the part ate them. The EXTRA was a salad she brought after bringing the first two mains she referred to as EXTRA. I complained about that mistake any the time it took and she said something like I don't understand what you are saying and that will do something so I do no pay the main. I never ever asked for discount or said I didn't want to pay I clearly said I'll pay you all but avoid all this next time, and she started to behave rudely and condescending like I did want to pay. I only was expecting an apology for the late food and bad service. She made a discount and split the bill into 4 and say to me you "you pay less" you pay 10.26 and the others pay 10.28. This was extremely rude. Yet she didn't apologised and after a colleague said again that the food was late she said "it's fresh food" and didn't apologised. So If you think a chicken skewer is worth this then go there if not enjoy many of the other good places around Marybone.