My boyfriend is Greek and is always taking me to Greek restaurants which is not a bad thing :) So when we went to Hellas Taverna for a standard meze meal I knew what to expect but I was really pleasantly surprised.
The restaurant has got the requisite Greek chintz and blue and white colour scheme but it also has a modern edge. The staff welcomed us warmly and we were offered water before ordering food or drinks. We fancied the meat meze but I really wanted Spanokopita which weren't on that set menu - not a problem - even my fussy little requests like that were dealt with easily with a smile.
The dips and pitta bread arrived quickly, the hummous was good, the tzatiki was a bit overly garlicky for me but the feta and red pepper dip was the best I've ever tasted by a country mile!
We then have a series of meze courses each tasty, fresh and well cooked. Easily competing with any Greek restaurant I've been to before. I was feeling happy and enjoying a good meal and then the pork Souvlaki arrived - OMG - I've never tasted anything like it. Its just a pork kebab it had no right tasting that good. The seasoning was amazing the meat was juicy and the fat content was just perfect. Even as full as I was I never wanted to stop eating it :)
Despite being so full my boyfriend insisted on ordering the Baclava for desert to share. I don't like Baclava so this 'to share' nonsense was just a ploy. I don't like Baclava, I don't like honey, I don't like nuts. I LOVED the Baclava!! Rich and sweet without being cloying. My exact words when I tried it were 'Wow - they aren't playing are they'
Overall I was really super impressed; the food was amazing, the atmosphere great (completely full on a Tuesday night), the staff warm and welcoming. Can't wait to go back and order double pork souvlaki this time.
Oh and on a side note the house white wine was really nice which I don't tend to expect from a Greek place, the wine can be a little suspect to say the best at some Greek restaurants.
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