Angelica Malin writes... The location of The Real Greek couldn’t be more handy; located on the lively Muswell Hill Broadway, surrounded by boutiques and health food shops. It has a real neighbourhood feel. Perfect for long, lazy weekend lunches, or trips out with the family (note: it’s very family-friendly, with a special kids menu), the restaurant is relaxed, informal and perfect for a quick bite, too.
They’ve got an all-day menu to see you through, including a hot drink and cake deal, party menu, Greek wraps, lunch and dinner. The vibe is fun, friendly and lively – perfect for a big group at Christmas, too.
It’s a really communal vibe at The Real Greek, so the best way to order is lots of little bits and pieces to share. The presentation is lovely – they serve all the mezze on an afternoon tea style display, so everyone can dive in.
We nibbled the delicious Greek olives as we decided what to order – which are plump and tasty – and enjoyed their selection of crunchy crudités. We shared a range of mezze delights; their houmous was delicious, a daily homemade blend of chickpeas, rich in tahini and delicately spiced with cumin and fresh chilli, it’s really the star of the show here.
We also enjoyed the dolmades, stuffed with rice, tomato and fresh herbs, and the Gigandes Plaki, hearty giant beans in a slow-cooked tomato sauce, served warm. Both dishes could do with being a little hotter, but generally, they were lovely.
For something more substantial, we tried the halloumi and vegetable skewer, which is fresh and tasty, served with a minted yogurt, and the grilled aubergine with garlic tomato sauce. Both dishes were a little heavy on the salt, but perhaps that’s just Greek food for you!