Following our recent visit to visit to Westfield Stratford City where we had some Family Fun Bowling at All Star Lanes, we returned to Westfield for a family meal. There are over 70 places to eat and drink, and you can find the full directory of restaurants at http://uk.westfield.com/stratfordcity/food-and-drink/ including recipes info, video and a downloadable recipe book.
We had a family meal at The Real Greek Restaurant at Westfield Stratford City. Hubby is Greek, we have been to several Greek restaurants in UK, Greece and Cyprus, so we were looking forward to our meal. When we arrived at the restaurant, we noticed the lovely decoration with gorgeous Greek ceramics on the wall.
We were greeted by the friendly staff which took our drinks order, I had a glass of white wine while hubby asked for a Greek beer. Little man then had the Kids’ Menu, which comes with a soft drink and choice of sorbet or ice cream for £6.75. You can either have a main course of skewers with salad or chip, or kids’ meze selection.
Little man went for a kids’ meze selection and his asked for haloumi skewer, burger patties and chips. I liked the selection available at the kids menu and also the size of the dish. Little man enjoyed his meal and his pistachio ice cream afterwards.
We started our meal with Greek Flatbread (£2.50) and Htipiti (£4.50), real Greek feta dip with roasted peppers and finished with a touch of chilli. We had several Greek dips before, but it was our first time trying Htipiti and we both loved it, it is very tasty, spicy but not overpowering.
The Real Greek has a large selection of dishes on their menu, divided into cold and hot meze, souvlaki, sharing platters and desserts. We love going to Greek restaurants and having a meze, small savoury Greek dishes similar to tapas in a Spanish restaurant, although we always end up with several plates crammed on the table. We were pleased to see the meze dishes served in a stand at the Real Greek, so the plates didn’t take much space on the table and we could easily help ourselves to the dishes.
We had a selection of meze, we tried Tonia’s Praws with Feta (£6.75), one of Tonia Buxton’s creations, tiger prawns served in tomato sauce and feta cheese, it was very tasty and hubby’s favourite dish.
We ordered two different skewers, Haloumi and Vegetable served with mint yogurt (£5.25) and Lamb Skewers (£5.50), grilled succulent Farm Assured British meat, skewered with onions and peppers, marinated and served on a bed of leaves with preserved lemon mayonnaise. The lamb and the haloumi were perfectly grilled.
We also tried Pork Belly (£6.25), slow roasted pork belly prepared in Greek-style like pork gyros, with oregano, paprika and topped with red onion. The pork belly was my favourite dish, the meat was very tender and full of flavour.
We tried Niko’s Meatballs (£6.00), handmade British lamb patties grilled and topped with Greek yogurt, tomato sauce, onions and sprinkled paprika. I’ve never tried meatballs with yogurt and tomato sauce, both worked really well together on the dish.
We had our meal with a side of chips and Greek Salad (£4.25), classic, hearty and rustic salad with tomatoes, cucumber, peppers, Greek olives, red onions and feta, dressed with olive oil and finished with sprinkled oregano. The salad was very tasty!
We both had the same dessert, Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake (£5.00), creamy real Greek vanilla cheesecake, topped with delicious caramel and toasted pecan nuts from the Aegean, all on a pecan and biscuit base. The cheesecake was rich and creamy, crunchy and sweet, a perfect ending to our meal.
Overall, we thoroughly enjoyed our family meal at the Real Greek, the staff was friendly, the atmosphere was relaxed and the food was very tasty. We will be coming back soon to try other dishes from their menu!
We visited The Real Greek for review purposes. However the opinions expressed in this review are honest and my own.