I have wanted to try 10 Greek Street for a long time but the fact that they don’t take reservations delayed the visit. Delayed also was getting together with my friend Sophie from work. We have been meaning to catch up for ages and it kept being rescheduled again and again (mostly my fault…).
We left work (Green Park) and walked to Soho with the plan of trying to find a table at Duck Soup or 10 Greek Street with a backup of waiting and drinking somewhere if no tables were available (always a good excuse).
We luckily went around 7pm and got the last table at 10 Greek Street. To be fair, throughout our 3 hour dinner, there always seemed to be one or two table available, but it could be because of the Tube strike. We lucked out.
They changed their menu often and all dishes are written on a blackboard. We talked for ages until the waiter came for the 5th or so time to ask if we were ready to order, once he mentioned that he had one lamb dish left (our table neighbours professed their love for it as they cleaned the last bite on their plates), we suddenly felt compelled to order.
What we ate:
Scallops with chorizo, courgette and monks beard (a very British veggie that looks like a dark green long beard): the waiter said it was one of his favourites and we were both eyeing it. We ordered the small serving and it was plenty for the two of us. The scallops were a bit too soft but the chorizo was extremely tasty and worked very well with the courgettes and the scallops.
Baked polenta with burrata, asparagus, morrels and truffle: when our waiter described how the burrata was baked in the polenta we couldn’t help it. It was a hearty wintery dish and very good. It claimed to have truffles but didn’t taste like it did. But the earthiness from the morrels was delicious and we didn’t even miss the truffles. The greens on top were hiding all the goodness but added some lightness and freshness to the otherwise very rich polenta cheesy concoction.
Braised lamb shank with roast garlic mash and varied wild mushrooms: We felt bad for every table around us when they tried to order it and we were the ones who claimed the last one. But I am happy we did. In typical English fashion, the lamb was amazingly flavourful, without being gamey, and this one was braised to perfection, falling from the bone.
Dark chocolate fondant, cherries and milk sorbet: because I have serious food envy and the girls next to us were eating this, and it smelled delicious, we had to order it. Despite my chocolate obsession, I am tired of molten chocolate cakes and should have gone for gelato at Gelupo (http://www.gelupo.com/) or Scoops (http://www.scoopgelato.com/) instead. Don’t take me wrong, it was a good one, perfectly molten and oozing a rich dark chocolate but I just think someone needs to come up with a new must eat chocolate dessert instead. Molten chocolate (petit gateau or any other cute names) fad has lasted forever, lets move on! And it you are going to serve a molten cake, maybe a more unique ice cream would help?
In sum: cute place, tasty food and good service. Our check was around £65 (including a bottle of white wine) and even though we shared several things, the portions were generous and we were full.
10 Greek Street www.10greekstreet.com
10 Greek St, London W1D 4DH
+4420 7734 4677
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