Just north of King’s Cross station in London, the founder of the famous Real Greek has created another successful concept, Greek Larder.
For Theodore Kyriakou, it all started with Livebait back in 1995 — yet in this latest venture which he established in partnership with Greek produce importer Panos Manuelides of Odysea, the entrepreneur seems to have outdone himself.
The roll-out style lofty interior has brought the barren industrial site around the corner from Granary Square and The Guardian offices back to life. Its warehouse look is the perfect fit for the upbeat and hipster area and demographic, while preserving strong elements of Hellenic heritage. Just like the food it serves, cooked with love and meraki according to recipes passed down generations, the interior design has been meticulously thought of.
Some might say it looks like a bakaliko featuring bottles, packets, sacks, jars, tins and piles of bread on green painted wooden shelves decorated with old-school signs that say ‘Zito I Ellas‘.
The tables and chairs evoke memories of the village Greek kafeneio and even though their staff comes from many different backgrounds, they still manage to make guests feel like they’ve sat down to eat in a Greek home.
The seasonal menu offers a variety of meze dishes and little share plates. As expected, saganaki, gigantes, souvlaki, soutzouki and staple dips like htipiti (spicy cheese and pepper sauce), scordalia and tzatziki are a hit.
Of the mains, one should definitely go for the venison with chestnut and quince pilaf, while the lamb’s tongue, and the fried rabbit legs served with a parsnip version of skordalia.
Larder’s desserts are not to be frowned upon either. Apart from the kydonopasto (quince preserve) and the classic baklava paired with mountain tea ice cream, a Greek version of affogato will titillate your tastebuds: strained Greek coffee is poured over mastic-flavoured ice cream. Need we say more?
Even though there is a wide selection of Greek wines available the likes of Santorini Assyrtiko, Moschofilero, Agiorgitiko, Thema and Thalassitis, Greek Larder offers beakers of house wine or as they say in Greece, ‘krasi varelisio‘ (barrel wine) not to mention the authentic ouzo Teteris (sic) from Chios among others.
If you find yourselves in London make sure you pay The Greek Larder a visit. A three-course meal for two with wine, comes to about £100.
For more head to www.thegreeklarder.co.uk