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The folks behind Roka are going Greek next (huh?)

Tom Howells

Having launched Roka and Zuma, you’d imagine the Waney family to head further down the super-duper high-end Japanese route with their newest opening. But – clunky curveball alert – you’d be wrong!

Meraki is a contemporary Greek restaurant, launching in Fitzrovia this month. It’s set to take ‘filoxenia’ as its key directive: a Greek term that roughly translates as mega-hospitality. Its name, meanwhile, refers to the ‘the love and soul someone puts into their work’. Lovely sentiments all round, then. 

The menu will include a host of regional Greek ingredients (think avgotaraho – that’s bottarga to you and me – from Mesologgi, cheeses from Naxos and Crete, and so on) and dishes (vine-leaf-wrapped baked cod, ox cheek with hilopites – a Greek pasta – and artichokes, seasonal mezzo, etc etc ad infinitum); as well as Greek craft beers and cocktails featuring herbs like kritamo (samphire), mastic and marjoram. No, we can’t imagine what those’ll taste like either. But we’re looking forward to finding out.

Meraki will open later this month at 80-82 Great Titchfield St, W1W 7QT. Reservations will be available from Monday June 12 at the Meraki website (which will be open soon).

All Greek to you? Then check out our list of London’s best Greek restaurants.

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