Once again I find myself in Westfields Stratford. As an East Londoner, the thought of trekking into Oxford treat or any area west of Liverpool Street station in general is a mission. So if I fancy topping up on some clothes, toiletries, or some recently discovered lovely home ware from H&M, then Westfield is my spot.
Of course when visiting, whilst you may plan for it to be an in/out affair, it seldom is the case. All of the big windows with enticing items on display beckon your attention. Don’t get me wrong I am not an impulsive shopper, I buy only what I need, but having a browse is something I am comfortable with. I guess it also makes it bearable because the place is not mad busy. You can move around with reasonable ease.
For this particular recent trip, it was time to try our The Real Greek outside on the terrace. I have run out of options here having done Busaba Eathai and Bumpkin. The Real Greek is a simple food concept. Sharing stuff on tiered plate racks. Yep, mostly that’s it. I don’t mean to sound dismissive, in fact, I like the simplicity of how you select what you want and how its delivered.
You have the option of choosing lots of plates to share from the cold, hot and grilled meze or they cut down the process of choosing in half by offering you the “Perfect for Sharing” options for two. We opted for this at £35. 25 with 8 meze items. All good groups are covered with your carbs, meats, fish and veg. A great selection. We opted for Greek flatbread, houmous, green bean fava, Prawns with feta, Lamb kofte, dukkah Chicken wings, falafel and saffron rice. The alternatives you could choose were just as good.
On arrival we were kindly given a booth for four (there were only two of us). This is normally a no no for restaurants, but they were so friendly and accommodating. Great service. My reasoning for this table was because it was at the end of the room so I could get a better view and pics for the blog without elbowing or disturbing fellow diners.
The “Perfect for Sharing” selection was curated by Tonia Buxton, the face of Greek Food in the UK, who is now apparently an ambassador for The Real Greek. I was pleasantly surprised by my experience following a less than satisfactory visit to the Covent Garden spot. I guess sometimes things need a second chance. I am delighted I was so forgiving, as this is quick, easy and tasting food.
The Real Greek
R1005 Westfield Stratford City
2 Montfichet Road
London E20 1GL
T. 020 8503 1844