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The Real Greek (Restaurant)

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56 Paddington Street, Marylebone, London, W1U 4HY
Cuisine: Greek
Tel: 020 7486 0466 | Email to The Real Greek | Transport: Baker Street | Write review

The Real Greek Review

Best for: surprisingly delicious and abundant desserts.

Great: Mediterranean atmosphere after a day of hard work in grey weather.

The gods have spilled their milk and honey! They have invited me for a night of feasting, north of Mount Olympus (Marylebone, to precise), hosted by one of their most excellent representative demigods: the restaurant manager, as they call him in this far away land (where the sea is “North” not ”Mediterranean”).

I’m wearing my light toga and my hair up; the reason: the unusually hot weather, not for the pleasure of Zeus and his family.

Before Earth was created there was chaos - a confused and shapeless mass, nothing but dead weight - in which slumbered the seeds of all things. Earth, sea, and air were all mixed up together, but once Greek food was invented, order was established, as our host explains after greeting us with warmth and sapience.

Zeus appointed rivers, raised mountains, scooped out valleys, distributed woods, fountains, fertile fields. He also created this corner of Greece in the middle of London, so that all creatures could marvel at a real Greek meal.

We seat just in front of the sea, admiring the beauty of white elegantly shaped homes. Unfortunately, this is just a picture on the wall, rather than the real stuff.

The manager brings us a map of the great land of Greece and explains what we will eat and its provenance. He resembles a storyteller and we feel like he is threading a gigantic Penelope’s mantle through his never ending tales.

We welcome the food and the wine, which is plentiful and colourful. The music is foreign, of Celtic origins (English), although mixed with the Gods’ favourites hits (Greek contemporary music).

We are given flat bread, tzatziki, calamari and octopus, which provide a real taste of the sea to compliment the fake imagery in front of us.

The lamb meat, which comes served in the shape of little balls in a tomato sauce, is there to remind us of the Greek mountains. Aubergine, salad, feta cheese (we learn that the word “Feta” comes form the Italian “Fetta”, which means slice) is a touch of green country, not so common in the motherland.

We eat abundantly and eagerly: more to please our friendly attendant than the gods, since the food is not divine at all. Was the fish truly fished from the green/blue water of the Aegean Sea? Why aren’t the aubergines tender, as they should be for the palate of gods‘ guests? Does tzatziki really need mint? Weren’t we supposed to eat a roast of lamb rather than similar Swedish meatball?

Zeus, Aphrodite, magnificent Athena, are we among an elite of guests since we don’t see many other humans at this magnificent banquet?

Tales of mountains, exploration under the sea, Viking lovers, and travels to “barbaric lands” are delivered by our host, who has taken command from Zeus to entertain us. He tells us anecdotes and sits with us explaining why he left his village and where he is aiming, guided by his own beloved divinity, the lord of the sea: Poseidon.

There is another reason we are celebrating tonight: in this land of Celts and Picts (Great Britain), the most famous Greek Olympic Games are taking place. It is said that Zeus founded the so called “Olympiads” to commemorate his victory over his father, Kronos.

It is such a great honour and to grant an excellent result and true majesty - as these games truly deserve - the god Helios has even granted sunshine upon this otherwise wet and grey island. This makes us happy, in a competitive mood, absolutely delighted at the outburst of real summer.

We forgive the less than great meal these gods have provided and we forgive them because, in the end, it is in perfect harmony with the great victory ceremonies taking place all over town.

The manager brings us dessert and it is a real jaw dropping experience. This dessert deserves a crown of olive leaves cut from Zeus' sacred grove. It is on a par with the most incredible boxing, weightlifting, pentathlon, throwing, wrestling, running, and long jumping events.

We leave wanting to enjoy what is left of the night, in the great outdoors of this unusual London summer. We also feel a slight urge to escape from the “wordy” generosity of our host.
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Customer Reviews for The Real Greek

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“Desserts are really excellent. To try: Greek ice-cream Sunday (with caramelised nuts, honey, pistachio, vanilla) and Greek cheesecake.”
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Rita, London (6 years 25 days ago)

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The Real Greek Opening Hours

Monday: 11:30am - 11:00pm Friday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Tuesday: 11:30am - 11:00pm Saturday: 11:30am - 11:00pm
Wednesday: 11:30am - 11:00pm Sunday: 11:30am - 10:30pm
Thursday: 11:00am - 11:00pm    

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