The Life Goddess on Store Street is a great restaurant. It has successfully moved away from the traditional Greek taverna, despite serving wholesome and hearty food. Pop in any time before midday for a coffee, cake or pastry or merely to peruse the shop. A pleasant and warming atmosphere, created in part by sparkling fairy lights and blues music, it is a lovely environment to while away the morning. However, the main event occurs at midday when enormous platters appear from the kitchen, piled high with super-fresh salads, meats and stuffed peppers.
29 Store Street, Bloomsbury, London W1B 5PW, 020 7637 2401
The only Greek restaurant in London to be part of a chain, The Real Greek is a popular choice for novices. As with most chains, there is a slight inconsistency in the quality of their food and service depending on which venue you visit, but it is likely your overall experience will be good whichever one you choose. There is an excellent choice of meze and deliciously marinated meats on their main menu with arguably the best souvlaki in London.
54 St. Martin’s Lane, London WC2N 4EA, 020 7240 8531
Tucked away in North London, sits Nissi. In contrast to Yialousa, Nissi has a much more modern feel, which is reflected in their interior design and menus. They have an extensive and exciting meze menu, so sharing dishes are definitely the way to go here. Why not ring the changes with some louvi (black-eyed beans), pourgouri (bulgur wheat) or even a Dutch veal T-bone! Trust us, you won’t regret it.
62 Aldermans Hill, Southgate, London N13 4PP, 020 8882 3170