I always think of London as a foodie's paradise. You can find any cuisine you look for. However, I do think there is a lack of good Greek restaurants. Maybe it's because I grew up with it which may make me more judgemental, maybe it's just because I am always after good food. My Greek friends agree, there is no quality Greek cuisine. Those of you who are familiar with Greek restaurants in London will be thinking that there are numerous ones of which there are some extremely well known. Believe me, these feel like imitations, not even worth it for starters.
There is however one notable exception that I know. As Greek As It Gets. It's a small place on Earl's Court Road. Walking in the decor is refreshingly modern. None of that old fashioned pantry look with tablecloths on the walls. Lines of wooden spoons decorate the staircase leading to the mezzanine level. Black and white portraits on the wall give this a very homely feeling. This is as laid back as it is homely. No need for extravagance.
The menu is extensive. There is a fantastic selection of starters, proper meze. These range from the prawn saganaki, dolmades, cheese pies, spinach pies and so on. The main courses are equally delectable. Choices vary from the moussaka to kleftiko. You can opt for a selection of meze to share or just a few as tasters and a main. The service is efficient, with the Greek waitors adding to the authentic experience.
From the meze I had, amongst others, the beef cooked in honey. As a main I had the Yiaourtlou, the home made beef burgers which come on yoghurt. Although they looked excellent, this time I had no space for dessert. Next time for sure though.
As Greek as it Gets is true to it's name. Look no further.
Cost of around £30pp with a glass of wine each
As Greek As It Gets, 233 Earl's Court Road, London, SW5 9AH, Tel 020 7244 7777 http://www.asgreekasitgets.co.uk/