Overall Rating – 4/5
Lovely, tasty authentic Greek food. Could be a hidden gem in the centre of Morley!
££ = £29 for 2 people; 1 starter to share, 2 main meals, 2 soft drinks.
Recently opened in January, this restaurant in the middle of Morley (South Leeds) serves traditional Mediterranean cuisine. Various Turkish and Greek dishes are available on the menu such as; Hummus, Halloumi and Falafel for starters and Lamb Kofte, Kebab and Moussaka for mains.
Run by a small team (on a Monday there was only a waitress and 1 chef, but I believe on busier days there are 2 chefs), the restaurant has already received a lot of excellent reviews via their Facebook page, and I believe this is definitely down to the great tasting, fresh food that is served.
The appearance of the restaurant is clean, smart and fairly modern, although I wouldn’t class the venue as coming across as having a Mediterranean feel to it. I felt there could have been more of an inviting and lively atmosphere, however as I say I did dine here on a Monday, typically a quiet night maybe, although there were several parties dining there that night. The kitchen is open plan and diners are able to see their food being freshly made which is great.
We decided to share a starter between 2 of us, which was a good idea in the end as the main meals are very filling portions. We went for the Halloumi, which comes served with homemade tzatziki, ezme, and fresh Turkish bread. We really enjoyed this starter, the homemade dips were really good. Didn’t see much point to the after-thought bit of salad on the side… There is a wide range of cold and hot starters to select from ranging between £5 – £7 each and sharing platters priced £14.50 – £17.90.
We experienced a 30 – 40 minute wait after eating our starters to our main meal being served. I understand there was only one Chef working and this was a Monday evening, however quite a few tables had been booked so maybe this is something they could address in the future, as we did feel we had been waiting a long time for food.
The food however made up for the wait! Between us we chose the Lamb Saute; Marinated lamb pieces roasted in a sauce with onions peppers, coriander and spinach. This was served in a hot clay pan/pot, with a side plate of rice, dips and Turkish bread (oh and the after-though salad made an appearance). My advice would be to empty the lamb onto the side plate (careful it’s hot!) and mix it with everything! Super tasty! And there was LOADS of lamb.
The second main we had was the Pollo Vito; Grilled chicken breast layered with aubergine and courgettes (I only seem to have got the aubergine) topped with goats cheese and a rich tomato sauce. I thoroughly enjoyed this as I LOVE goats cheese and the flavours went really well together. The only thing I would say is it didn’t say on the menu that I would get chips instead of the rice, which I actually would have preferred. Main meals will cost you between £11.50 – £16.50.
We were well and truly stuffed after the starters and mains, so we didn’t get the chance to take a look at the desserts unfortunately.
In summary this little restaurant has some fantastic potential that for me, was all down to how good the food was cooked and tasted. I would like to return again to see what a the atmosphere would be like on a weekend, and to also try some more amazing food.
For more info; check out their Facebook page here.