Went here a few Friday's ago after seeing it on trip advisor, was pleasantly surprised that a Greek restaurant was number 3 for places to eat in Southampton. We booked ahead for a table of 4. Glad we did as we saw many couples get turned away on the door due to no space, the place seemed very busy and popular.
We chose the meze for 4 people, wow SO much food. Think it was far too much for 4 people, it’s a shame so much of it went to waste. We were staying in a hotel so unfortunately could not take it back with us.
At £17 a head the place is decently priced for the amount you get, but they need to have much smaller portions. When it came time for the meat, they gave us 4 pork souvlaki and 4 chicken souvlakia –far too much!! After a massive meze of about 18 different portions there is no way each person can eat 2 kebabs each. This is probably the nice owners being Greeks, they love to feed people. Then the lamb kleftiko arrived, again 4 massive bits in tinfoil. All the meat tasted really lovely and was probably the best part of the meze, the kleftiko was amazing and cooked so well, but again far too much and SUCH a shame it had to go in the bin. Was a bit let down with the Calamari, I am sure it was frozen (the rings were massive) which is my pet hate. The only think we didn’t like was these meatballs on rice in a red sauce, never eaten them before and had no idea what they were. Greek people rarely eat rice…
The food is good, but as a Greek I am used to my Grandma’s amazing home cooking and village style food. The food is good for a Greek restaurant, I have been to many that serves dishes I’ve never even heard of. I will visit again for sure but will probably get an individual dish rather than the meze. Coming from London where there are many authentic small family run Greek restaurants like this, I rate the food well but would have liked to see more real Greek food on the menu like Afelia. After all, Greek food is not just a kebab and chips.
I am unsure about this whole debate going on here of whether the dips are home-made or not. I think the houmous is home-made as it was very garlicky, however all of the dips arrived with a skin on them so had obviously been sitting in a fridge and bought straight out. This was a bit off-putting. The pitta bread was from a supermarket, not the real big pitta breads that you get in Greek shops.
Overall very nice and would recommend, but need smaller meze portions. If you choose the meze make sure you don't have lunch.
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