The Real Greek

The Real Greek – with a Real Greek!

Having already learnt how to make a few of the dishes on the menu, I was delighted to be asked to go along and review one of The Real Greek restaurants.  Like so many small restaurant groups The Real Greek has changed ownership a couple of times and the quality of the food has at times been questionable.  But, what we tried on the moussaka making event was fabulous – and I was keen to share this particular experience with my part Greek dining companion.  This particular group of restaurants has taken the concept of small plates and used it to present a range of greek Meze.  Each dish is marked up on the menu with the calorie count – which can at times be a slightly scarey concept.  But, very useful if you are trying to manage your weight, especially as you COULD easily pick a low calorie meal with the range of sea-food on offer.

I left my Real Greek companion to order.  I did sneak in a Lamb Kofta, but the rest of the order was his suggestion of what would let us see how authentic the food was.  Of course, in some ways it’s irrelevant because what really matters is does it taste good.  However, with a name like ‘The Real Greek’, I think there’s perhaps more significance in ‘getting it right’ than if you pick a softer naming option.

The Real Greek - Taramasalata

Our Taramasalata was fabulous – nothing like the mouthwash pink slurry you get from the supermarket.  It’s one of the dishes we learnt how to make and I will include the recipe at the end of this post.  Having said that, it was scarily calorific – the small plate is listed on the menu as having over 900 calories. But we did have some healthier options too, the Melitzanosalata,  a smokey aubergine salad is a much more respectable 236 calories and most of the other dishes are grilled rather than fried.

The Real Greek - Aubergine

We had three seafood dishes – Grilled Octopus, Calamari and Tiger Prawns with Garlic and Chilli.  I enjoyed all three, though found the octopus a bit chewy (I’ve yet to have octopus that isn’t!).  And, of the seafood dishes I think the prawns were my favourite – big juicy chargrilled things, with a light chilli and garlic taste.

The Real Greek Calamari

 

The Real Greek Garlic Chilli Prawns

Dolmades were perhaps the star of the show, wonderfully tender  vine leaves wrapped around  rice, herbs and toasted pine nuts.

The Real Greek - Dolmades

The Greek Salad came with a large chunk of feta on top, which my dining companion complained wasn’t salty enough – with the caveat that perhaps it was for the UK palate.  But other than the mild feta, he was really quite impressed by the food.

My lamb kofta was spot on, a nice English lamb pattie, well seasoned and charcoal grilled.

The Real Greek - Lamb Kofta

For dessert, my dining companion tried the kaimaki  icecream  while I was served a pretty and delicious (and low calorie) plate of oranges, pistachios and greek yoghurt.  Definitely something I shall try making at home because it was a lovely refreshing  dish on a hot summer

 

The Real Greek - Orange and Pistachio

 

Now, here’s the recipe for Taramasalata which would make a great addition to a celebratory buffet

Home Made Greek Taramasalata

Serves 7-8
Prep time 10 minutes
Allergy Fish, Wheat
Meal type Appetizer, Side Dish, Snack, Starter
Misc Serve Cold
Region Greek
By author The Real Greek
This is an authentic and very easy to make greek starter. Be warned though, it is quite calorific!

Ingredients

  • 153g Tarama Paste ((undyed smoked cods roe))
  • 70g Fine white breadcrumbs
  • 75ml Lemon Juice
  • 610ml Vegetable/rapeseed oil
  • 300ml Water

Directions

Step 1 Mix the breadcrumbs with lemon juice and water and soak for at least 45 minutes
Step 2 Mix in the tarama past and blitz to a rough paste using an electric hand mixer or wand mixer
Step 3 Pour in the oil, blitzing the mixture continuously till it is all incorporated
Step 4 Check the consistency and add extra water if necessary.

 

Prices are reasonable and what you might expect for a small group of central London restaurants.  Expect to pay between £3.50 and £8.00 for the small plates.

Disclaimer: We ate at The Real Greek by invitation of the Restaurant

 

The Real Greek – Marylebone
Tel: 020 7486 0466
56 Paddington Street
London
W1U 4HY

 
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Comments

  1. I’m going back to the Real Greek tonight! Excited to try the Moussaka again! :)

    • ENJOY! I was so amused – I took a (part greek) friend and he really reminded me of Sophia with all his ‘that’s authentic/my mother doesn’t do it like that’ comments:)

  2. Great location for a pre theatre meal before the Globe. This was our first visit to this restaurant – and we love Greek food – we were not diss appointed. Great food and excellent service. We will definitely be going back and hopefully a branch will open near to us soon

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