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The Real Greek

Restaurants, Greek Soho
5 out of 5 stars
(3user reviews)

Time Out says

The Real Greek is a Greek restaurant brings Mediterranean classics to London. From salads to halloumi and houmus, the kitchen delivers colourful plates and arrangements, with flavours straight from Greece. 

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Address: 50 Berwick St
Soho
London
W1F 8SJ
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5 out of 5 stars

Average User Rating

4.7 / 5

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Tastemaker

Confession time; I have be known, on occasion, to be a bit of a chain restaurant snob. Not about all of them and not all of the time – Browns is always a safe bet for parents and sometimes only an Honest Burger will hit the spot – but I often feel that with so many exciting and different spots to eat at in London, trucking off to somewhere that doesn’t exactly seem to be bursting the borders of innovation is a bit of a wasted meal. Well, that’ll teach me then because I’ve now eaten twice at the Soho branch of The Real Greek in as many weeks and loved it both times!

Great location – centrally & accessibly located on Berwick St – and a lovely open airy vibe make for excellent first impressions as does the service which is friendly & polite. One of the best value dinner deals in the capital, the Athenian Mezze menu at £9.95 ticks the trifecta of what you want out of your meal, and actually probably your life – generous portions, excellent quality, reasonable prices. Food comes served on afternoon tea stands, a cute idea that also makes sense given that tables get full very quickly so, as with London’s skyline nowadays, going up seems to make more sense than spreading out. Flatbreads are skinny, chewy & plentiful, hummus is thick, creamy & topped with whole, slightly crushed chickpeas and if it’s on offer, make it your mission to order the spicy walnut & red pepper dip which is frankly, ridiculously delicious and will bring out your inner piglet.

The ‘Greek Way’ meat pies are soft but not soggy and packed full of spicy but not dangerously so flavour, lamb meatballs are juicy & very moreish and vegetarians need not fear being abandoned, the grilled aubergine is tender, tomato sauce smothered and full of enough garlic to guarantee you’ll be more than sweetly fragrant the following morning. Sides wise, the chickpeas, bulgar wheat & new potatoes are all well-cooked, well flavoured and perfect for sharing and if you’re tempted to go off piste, the halloumi fries are a safe bet, arriving chewy, salty and crinkle cut in a way that brings to mind your mum’s chips in the late 80’s.

I’m no expert on Greek food but I’ve eaten in a couple of other places recently boasting this cuisine where I’ve been underwhelmed by the food and the service – neither of those things can be said about The Real Greek where the healthy, vibrant flavours of a Mediterranean diet can be found alongside more indulgent dishes…the Greek filo custard pie has already been bookmarked for a future visit! If you find tumbleweeds in your wallet at the end of the month or just fancy a low-key night out with friends, the great value & brilliant food here will see you right on both counts.


On Sunday evening we went to The Real Greek and we had a fantastic evening! First of all, I must say, the staff, especially our waitress, were so friendly, smiling and helpful!

We started off with a typical Greek drink, which was really tasty. Making a decision for the food was quite difficult as everything looked delicious! Food comes in tapas and you have a lot of choices. Prices are very reasonable. We ended up taking the lamb cutlets, grilled octopus, grilled salmon/scampi, grilled aubergine/tomatoes and grilled chicken with lime. As extra sides we took the new potatoes and a large bowl of Greek Salad. The portion could have been larger from some of the dishes but after all it is tapas and most important the flavours were amazing and we absolutely enjoyed our food.

We treated ourselves on a dessert which I would recommend everyone (or if possible delivered to my home every day) cheesecake with pecan, almonds and caramel sauce, oh my! I'm still salvating thinking back on this amazing dish. We ended up getting drinks on the house, which was a pleasant suprise. We absolutely loved it!

tastemaker

The Greek Trio is a great deal for lunch - warm pita bread with 2 dips (taramasalata is my favorite), plus a main and a carb side for £8. Service can be a bit slow, it's best to visit when you don't have a meeting right after your lunch break. Great for vegetarians as well, they have the aubergine & halloumi stack and falafels as main options.

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