Ergon Restaurant and Deli Tasting – It’s All Greek In London

Ergon – Greek Deli and Cuisine – a Restaurant Tasting and More:

There are two kinds of people – Greeks, and everyone else who wish they was Greek.

Gus Portokalos – My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Ergon-Restaurant-Marylebone

About a year and a half ago I was invited to a preview of a Greek Restaurant in Notting Hill called Mazi.  While I’m not Greek, like many students at the time, in my teens and twenties I spent summer holidays happily lurking on Greek beaches.  I remember the food;  A lot of very fresh, excellent vegetables and fruit, olive oil (which at the time you bought from the Chemist in the UK), fantastic black Kalamata olives and pistachios.  Freshly grilled fish and pizza.  And, trays of food arriving daily at the flat we were staying in, courtesy of my partner’s aunts – moussaka, stuffed peppers and various meat stews.  That’s about it.  Mazi seemed a million miles from there.  I wrote my review.  It resulted in  a flurry of negative comments on various social networks from Greeks, upset that their food was being changed into something unrecognisably modern.  But, I still loved the place.

Ergon - Fennel spread

Now, the vanguard seems to be followed up with two great new contenders.  Carpo, the stunningly laid out coffee shop and speciality food shop on Picadilly caters admirably for those of us with a sweet tooth, while Ergon, a new restaurant-come-deli in Marylebone showcases the best of Greek food with plenty of things to buy for your own kitchen in addition to a buzzing restaurant serving a whole range of sharing plates.  Our tasting evening, in true Mediterranean style was meant to finish by 8pm.  It was after 10pm when we staggered from the restaurant having tried more dishes than I had imagined possible, for all the world wishing I was Greek.

We started the evening with a shot glass of rouzo – ouzo sweetened and softened with hibiscus.  It was delicious, fragrant and refreshing.  Actually I think most of us had two, which perhaps explains why I don’t have a tidy list of all the dishes we went on to enjoy.  Or that might simply have been that we went on to enjoy a seemingly endless selection of dishes starting with excellent bread, taramasalata, a feta cheese spread and roasted aubergine salad.

There was a platter of smoked fish, some wonderful homemade sausages cooked in a rich tomato paste and the lightest puffs of deep fried pastry filled with cheese

I avoided eating the fried eggs with staka cream from chania and because of an aversion to eggs, couldn’t even bring myself to take a photograph!  But those hardcore egg-lovers raved about this rich, molten dish.  That is of course, the best thing about this way of eating – there’s something for everyone and you can afford to order a wide selection of dishes to share with each of the small plates prices between £5 and £8.

Ergon - Naxos Gruyere

Meanwhile I had a chance to steal more of the Naxos gruyere and grilled squid, both of which were wonderful.  It is testament indeed to Ergon that’d I’d already heard all about the gruyere from some passionate diners using  twitter!   The squid was notable for an amazing, soft texture – no rubber bands to be found anywhere on this plate of tender fish.

Ergon - Squid

We had the chance to try a few of the chef’s specials too – my personal favourite, the meltingly tender lamb shank which came with a large pot of orzo pasta.

Ergon - Lamb Shank and Orzo

There was of course a Moussaka, rich with tomato and aubergine but somehow not overly heavy.

ERgon Moussaka crop

Then, just when we started to think it was all over, a bowl of creamy Greek yoghurt arrived

ERgon - yoghurt

And finally two wickedly sweet and naughty desserts for those who really hadn’t eaten enough already or those, like me, who would have tried anyway!

Ergon - Dessert

Because yes, of course, by the time I finished eating I fell firmly into the ‘wish I was Greek’ camp, and left the restaurant with the definite impression that if I stayed any longer I’d find myself reenacting this moment

‘are you hungry?’

‘ Uh no, I already ate.’

‘Okay, I make you something’

Ian and Maria from My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Don’t eat before you go – do take some friends and enjoy!

Ergon
15 Picton Place
Marylebone London W1U 1BP

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5 / 5 stars     
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Comments

  1. mmm this all looks so good! x

  2. I found you via the UBC! Wow that food looks amazing and I am sad to say that I have never had Greek food (or at least not to my knowledge). There just isn’t many Greek restaurant options here in the southern part of Missouri!

  3. What a wonderful blog! My favorite would be the lamb shank. Everything sounds so mouth watering, delicious.

  4. Oh wow, I can’t even imagine not being able to readily walk into Tesco and just buy olive oil, was it really only avaliable at the chemists? I’d be lost :’) This food looks so nice! I’ve not had a chance to properly explore London, short of a few days last year, and Notting Hill is definitely on the list I think, any other reccomendations for cute, non ‘big-name’ places to eat around London? The Mousakka & the second dessert looks so nice! x

    • yes it was really only for sale in chemists…and you got very strange looks if you went in and asked for it in any quantity! But, my mum used to cook with beef dripping and goose fat – both every bit as tasty though probably not that good for us!

      Re: quirky places to eat, there are a lot on London-Unattached, but if you let me know what area of london you will be in, I’ll try to help. In Notting Hill I’d definitely visit The Shed and in Marylebone Zoilo as well as the Greek places I’ve mentioned in the article (Ergon, Mazi and Carpo!)

  5. Oh god. Your photo’s are always to die for. I am so hungry now lol.

    Louise x

    Confessions of a Secret Shopper

  6. What a concise review.

  7. This looks so delish!! lovin this!

  8. All of these dishes look delicious! I would love to try some, or all, of these! Thanks for sharing!

  9. Pamela Morse says:

    One of the most exotic combinations you have done lately..these do all look fancy. I never heard of hibiscus and uzzo..pretty interesting.

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