The Real Greek

Restaurants , Greek Covent Garden
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With the original Hoxton Market restaurant of this Hellenic chain now closed, the Real Greek seems past its best. There’s still life left at the Covent Garden branch, though.

On a Monday night, the air buzzed with the intercontinental chatter of tourists, as slick, friendly staff served dishes speedily. Within 30 seconds of ordering, an aggressively garlicky bowl of melitzanosaláta was on the table. Ten minutes later, it was joined by the cinnamon aromatics of three tart, creamy tyrópitta; five minutes after that, a curiously bitter lamb souvláki arrived.

The seating arrangement doesn’t encourage lingering, with punters perched on bar stool-like seats and at high tables of varnished dark wood. Add the metal bucket of Mythos beer bottles that sits atop a cabinet, plus a prominent spirits display, and you have a venue that feels half-bar, half-restaurant.

Typical decorative Greek touches are provided by big bunches of dried red chillies and net bags of garlic hanging in the window, a mini olive tree on the sill, and bottles of Cretan Latzimas olive oil joining the salt and pepper on tables. A perfectly pleasant place, but not somewhere for a leisurely repast.

Venue name: The Real Greek
Contact:
Address: 60-62 Long Acre
London
WC2E 9JE
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden tube
Price: Main courses £2.50-£7.25. Set mezédes £26-£28 (minimum 2)
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Kirsty S
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When you are queuing out the door for a table you know you are in for a treat and the Real Greek in Covent Garden absolutely did not disappoint.


On a girls day out in Covent Garden and looking for a lovely lunch, I recommended the Real Greek as I've been to the South bank restaurant in the past. 


The Covent Garden branch offers far superior service, we were wined and dined and the waiter gave us his full attention, hard to do on a busy Saturday lunch service .


The food was outstanding, fresh and beautiful, we opted for a platter to share between 3 and a few extra side and at the end of the meal, we were stuffed. 


It was such a cheap meal out when we split the bill it came to around £15 each not bad considered we have dines like goddesses for the day and the service left us so happy, we were even given some complimentary dessert wine!


Great job would recommend this for any occasion!

Emma S

This place is great and I’d happily recommend it to anyone looking for a decent, reasonably priced lunch-time meal! For just £5 you can get one of their souvlaki wraps and a bowl of chips or a plate of salad – what’s not to like? I’ve tried both the chicken and lamb wraps and they are quite delicious – tasty enough for me to return three times in two weeks. The staff are friendly, it’s not too busy and has a nice relaxed atmosphere, a solid 4 starts – next stop, sampling the mains for a delightful Greek-style dinner – can’t wait! 

bowertron

good safe bet for a quick bite - great food but doesn't feel very Greek. Just a bit "chainy" now.