10 greek street
Soho is home to some of my favourite haunts in London, and it seems that every week another restaurant pops up to join the varied and diverse array that line the streets wedged between Oxford Street, Regent Street and Charing Cross Road. 10 Greek Street, like many of the newer additions, is a casual walk-in number (reservations only taken at lunch) with an airy laid-back dining space and buzzier bar seating at the open kitchen down the back. I arrived from my first lunch (yes, you read right) to find SB already at the bar tucking into a luscious mound of burrata.
Having already eaten plenty of pulled pig and pickles at Pitt Cue Co., I wasn’t exactly starving but everything the kitchen (headed by Cameron Emirali, formerly of Wapping Project) sent out looked so enticing that I couldn’t resist a bite or two. A bar plate of Silver Mullet was perfectly executed – soft, flaky, crisped skin – and generously portioned at £6.
Parsley-specked clams were equally tasty and served with a nicely charred slice of bread to mop up the briny juices. It was a pleasing match for the Albariño I chose from the sizeable (and reasonably-priced) list of wines by the glass.
Potato Gnocchi were light and soft as pillows, served with a heady mix of woodsy wild mushrooms, aged parmesan and truffle oil. Comfort on a plate.
Roast Pheasant Breast served with a rich jus was paired well with earthy jerusalem artichokes and curly kale.
SB added a side of roasted potatoes which were as they should be – golden crusty shells encasing fluffy centres.
Sitting at the bar right near the pass meant we spent the best part of our meal coveting the food of others. A sunny plate of Crab and Saffron Orzo, Chilli and Basil proved so tempting that we ordered one for ourselves. It was a wise decision – the dish was just as vibrant on the palate and easily the best of the day.
A close second was the desert of moist spongy Polenta and Marsala Cake with tender Poached Pear. An immensely enjoyable experience and one which I’ll need to repeat soon, on an emptier stomach.
10 Greek Street
London W1D 4DH
t. 020 7734 4677