What I would do to own a restaurant, that is also a store full of artisan produce! But… as I can’t have my own, I like to visit as many of these types of eateries as I can. Food Hall cafes, rustic lunchrooms and clean eating organic shops, London is full of foodie stops to sit, eat and shop all in one place!
Situated in Kings Cross The Greek Larder is a Greek restaurant and food store run by chef Theodore Kyriakou (best known for being co-founder of ‘The Real Greek’ chain of restaurants) and partner founder Panos Manuelides. It offers a novel and fresh approach and has a distinctive menu that promises to capture the tastes, flavours and very essence of Greece and the Aegean – This places really celebrates Greece and it’s food and drink; even the sparkling water is Greek!
At The Greek Larder you can enjoy breakfast and morning coffees (robust Greek coffee is a specialty), an all-day à la Carte menu in the week and also brunch at the weekends.
As for the store foodies can taste and buy a wonderful selection of Greek foods sourced from independent, little-known, regional producers from Greece and its islands. Cheeses, specially cured Pastourma, charcuterie, olives, Cycladic honey, pulses, beans, traditional sweets and delicacies, to name a few.
I was invited along to The Greek Larder yesterday, to try a selection of their menu offerings. (And some Greek wine!) My plus one this time, my cousin Callum! Who’s a foodie and wine snob so I knew I could count on his honest opinion!
When we arrived at the Larder I was taken aback by the rustic charm of the decor and set up. The walls are full of wooden crates filled with Greek produce and the benches and chairs are reminiscent of the Greek tavernas you might remember from past holidays. I LOVED it! It was warm, welcoming and laid back, perfect for the informal style of dining that comes with sharing Greek meze!
The staff were just as welcoming and I couldn’t wait to hear their recommendations on what to eat!
We decided to try a selection of small plates so we could taste a little of everything! We picked Crevette Saganaki (prawns with feta and tomato sauce), Octopus with chickpeas, Tzatziki, Kefalotiri Saganaki (Grilled cheese with Greek honey), htipiti (a chunky feta, tomato and red pepper dip) and a Greek cabbage and lemon salad which lightened the whole meal up! All of that was topped off with a portion of traditional rhodes flat breads. (Little piggys!)
The food was to say the least, amazing! The squid was tender, the prawns perfectly cooked and all the flavour pairings were traditional and bold and I was grateful for the suggestions from our waiter, who seemed to know exactly what would work well together! My favourite dish, and excuse me for being simple here, was the Tzatziki! It was the best I have ever eaten, so fresh and moreish and a perfect side dish for the whole of our lunch.
We washed everything down with a house red wine (Greek of course!) It was another recommendation from out waiter, light and fruity but dry in finish to compliment all the rich dishes we were eating.
What came as a shock to me (and I’m not sure why) was the vast selection of desserts that were on offer. Perhaps I’m showing my ignorance and unawareness to other cultures but I sort of just expected there to be baklava and baklava only! Well I couldn’t have been more wrong. Semolina custard slices, almond cakes and chocolate mousse were just a few on the menu. I went for the custard slice with pomegranate molasses and orange syrup and Callum chose the traditional baklava, which was served with ice-cream and extra honey! Well, what a great end to an awesome lunch! Talk about leaving with a food baby and a big smile!
I will be making a point of going back the The Greek Larder as I have my eye on their Moussaka and the Greek sangria. But if you want to take a trip you can find out more here!