Time your visit with dinner at the tail-end of the week and there’s plenty of buzz at this decade-old spot in Notting Hill; on our Friday lunch trip we experienced deathly silence and empty tables. Greek Affair reduced its midday openings to Fridays and weekends in early 2013, and perhaps Fridays will follow suit. Nevertheless, there’s lots to like about this relaxed and contemporary space.
The huge wooden dining table by the entrance is just right for a celebratory meal and there’s clearly plenty of skill in the kitchen. Greek rather than Cypriot food is the speciality. Expertly spiced soutzoukákia were faultless, while a piping hot portion of well-seasoned fried calamares was simple and delicious. Other dishes were disappointing: a humdrum aubergine and halloumi dish; a tower of beetroot and feta swimming in balsamic. And there’s no place in a horiátiki for iceberg lettuce, especially not piles of the stuff.
We’ve had much more success ordering from the main courses – the pastitsio (a baked pasta and meat dish) is a favourite – and we love the upstairs courtyard terrace. But there’s work to be done if Greek Affair is going to keep up with its new neighbour, Mazi.
The taste, style and presentation of our dishes represent the original ouzeri/mezedopolio type of establishment.
|Venue name:||Greek Affair||Contact:|
1 Hillgate Street
|Opening hours:||Mon - Thur 18.00 - 23.00 Frid - Sat 12.00 – 15.00 & 18.00 - 23.00 Sun 12.00 - 15.00 & 18.00 - 22.30|
|Transport:||Tube: Notting Hill Gate|
|Price:||Main courses £11.90-£14.50. Set meal (lunch 12-15pm, 6-7pm) £10.90 2 courses, £12.90 3 courses|
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Had dinner there last Thursday with a friend to remember our trip to Kalamata this summer, and we loved it!! Obviously no sea or sun, but the food was just gorgeous and the ambience was really nice and relaxed. We ate the mezze and loved it, found that amazing fried cheese again was so happy! Ended the meal with a bit of Metaxa, felt like the holidays again, really happy I found this place and will take my parents there when they come to visit as they are big fans of greek food but it is quite hard to find good restaurants in Caen in France where we are from.
We spend Sunday night at Greek Affair Restaurant with my wife and our 8 years old son and we did not regret it. Greeks we are known to be difficult customers, especially on food, but this time we were happy to see that there are still Greek Restaurants in London serving real Greek food. Fresh bread (the famous Greek "karveli") instead of the touristic arabic pita bread, fresh spinach pie and roasted lamp with potates were served. The Greek salad is a must, with feta cheese and plenty of tomates (not the touristic 80% lettuce crap). Even the "halva" desert was the one we usually make at home (the soft one) and not the hard one they sell at the super markets. We were also lucky to sit at the open-air terrace. If you visit the place, call in advance to book a table to the terrace. You feel like being into a Greek island. Despite the fact that the place was full, service was efficient and the toilets clean.
Completely over-rated; food preparation is poor - big chunks of food without any care. Taste of dishes is rough and - low cost super market wine, ambience pretentious and not cosy (square room with door directly on tables) and high-ish price complete the disappointment. Marcus
Visited this restaurant last night with my half-Greek boyfriend, who always complains that no Greek restaurant in London does good Greek food. We ate a selection of starters and shared a main. Every single dish was amazing - the flavours were incredible! We ate saganaki (fried cheese), Krasomezes (huge chunks of tender pork in tomato sauce), Prasokeftedes (leek croquettes - the only item I wouldn't try again, because they weren't outstanding), Gigantes (tasted fabulous), Melitzanosalata (Aubergine dip = THE most amazing dish, I could have eaten a whole bowl of crusty bread dipped in this for dinner it was so good) and vegetarian moussaka, which was the perfect balance of veg flavours, tomato ad bechamel sauces. If I seem like I am raving about this restaurant, it's because I am - will definitely be going back, can't wait for the next visit! Surpassed expectations in every way.
I think it is necessary to mention that the food here is very good. I am from Greece and stay in London during my University degree, and I always visit this restaurant during term time for real Greek food. There is of course no substitute for the Greek lifestyle experience when you are in Greece, but the food here reminds me of my home and I enjoy eating here very much. Also the management are Greek and this adds to my good experiences as I speak with them like they are my friends, as I do in many restaurants in Greece.
I loved the place. The portions are great because you can then try a variety of things. I love the food and the homely atmosphere. Having bland food in london is oen of the most depressing things about living here and greek affair made by day by offering flavourful food. Its not over the top expensive but the food is right up there ! Love it. will keep going back.
We picked up a lunchbox from this place today. It was cheap, but so was the food (we're Greek so we should know), the portion was unbelievably small and the lunchbox was supposed to contain a salad, which it didn't. In fact we overheard the owner discussing with a woman in the kitchen(the task wasn't that difficult as they were yelling to each other) that we were Greek and whether in this case they should include a salad. I wouldn't go back.