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
Address: 60-62 Long Acre
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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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! 


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