Greece has been a frequent holiday destination for me over the years. I fell in love with the friendly locals and beautiful beaches with turquoise water. The food is also a firm favourite of mine which you may find surprising as they’re known for their feta and souvlaki. However there are a number of vegan friendly dishes that you can ask for – stuffed vine leaves being one of them.
Despite my love of Greek food I had never considered trying The Real Greek until it opened in my hometown and I’m so glad that I gave it a go.
About The Real Greek
As you’d expect The Real Greek serves Mediterranean food meant for sharing over conversation with friends and family. They’re constantly innovating and despite being a chain they aim to be as authentic as possible with their dishes. Each year they take their managers on a trip to a different part of Greece to connect with the culture, taste the food and become inspired. You can find out more on their blog but what a fantastic way to get your employees engaged.
As for decor it’s simple and modern with blue and white seating inside (very Greek chic). In the Reading branch you’ll find seating outside by the river with greenery surrounding you. It’s great for people watching and very family friendly.
What I ate at The Real Greek
Now for the important stuff…the food! The Real Greek is unique in the way that they present their dishes. Your food will arrive on a tiered stand (a bit like how you’d expect afternoon tea to arrive) making it easy to share dishes. It also gives you that well needed space for your glass of wine or beer in my friends case.
We ordered some dishes to share which included hummus, stuffed vine leaves (how I love these), melitzanosalata and flat bread with olive oil and dukkah. Melitzanosalta is a light and fragrant blend of smoked aubergine, garlic, shallots and lemon. I’m a big fan of aubergine so it’s no surprise that it was to my taste. Dukkah is a spicy mix of ground, dry roasted nuts and seeds and added something unusual to an ordinary pitta bread and hummus scenario. For the few pennies extra it’s worth asking for.
Was it easy to know which dishes were vegan?
The answer is yes. All vegan dishes are clearly labelled on the menu. There was more on offer than what I had above, so if what I’ve mentioned is not to your liking then take a look at the rest of their menu here.
My only disappointment was that there were no vegan desserts. This was a shame as many restaurants now offer at least one option.
Despite the lack of vegan desserts I’ll be retuning the The Real Greek. The food is tasty and well priced given the portion sizes and having been to many a greek island the food will almost transport you to the Mediterranean. That might be stretching it slightly…but use your imagination.
If you’d like to try The Real Greek then you can find them in Covent Garden, Marylebone, Westfield, Soho, Bournemouth, Reading and Southampton amongst other locations.
Like Greek food? Then give it a go.