The Real Greek

Restaurants, Greek Marylebone

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.

 

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Venue name: The Real Greek
Contact:
Address: 56 Paddington Street
London
W1U 4HY
Opening hours: Meals served noon-11pm Mon-Sat; noon-10.30pm Sun
Transport: Tube: Baker Street or Regent's Park
Price: Dishes £4.75-£7.25
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Tastemaker

I went here with a friend on a Saturday night and we ordered a whole tower of fun stuff and a glass of prosecco. Didn't realise it was a chain until I read these reviews but it seemed cute and quaint to me. It also has a couple of tables outside so you can sit and watch the world go by in Marylebone :-)


The Real greek @ Paddington Street has been refurbished and managed by a Greek manageress with a very warm and unique personality. The food is excellent and the customer service feels Greek city. All locals are back enjoying this small Greek gem.


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.

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I went here with a MASSIVE group of work friends and they were so accommodating considering how admittedly cheery we were being. Food was presented in good time, with delightful portions and such a wonderful variety of flavours. I've begun to follow them on Twitter and I enjoy their updates and having a bit of a conversation with them too :-D