Harden's survey result
“Lovely…”, “fun…”, “affordable…”, “…a delight!” – this “cramped” modern wine bar in Soho is “a place to go back again and again” with its “stunning and original”, “locally sourced” food and its “handwritten Wine Journal with interesting entries and very reasonable mark ups”. “Love sitting by the bar to watch the chefs, but does get a little smokey at times!”
“No pretensions, just a pure celebration of real food” is the vibe at this simple modern wine bar in the heart of Soho, which provides “wonderful, brilliantly executed dishes, full of big flavours on every visit”, plus “a dozen or so house wines available by the glass at very modest markups”. “Tables are squashed in, so you have to talk to your neighbours, but it works!”
“The rough ’n’ ready appearance of this small joint belies the highly competent kitchen which is open at the far end of this converted Soho shop”. Yes it’s “a bit cramped” and “too noisy”, but staff are “laid back and friendly”, and its “no-frills but faultless quality” dishes are packed with “lovely, simple flavours”. “Naturally they don’t accept reservations, but you can’t have it all…”
“No flim-flam – just pure class!” – this Soho three-year-old may be “simple and basic” (and “a bit cramped” too), but it dishes up “brilliant”, “sensitive” seasonal cuisine, and Luke’s hand-written list provides “smashing wines at decent prices”; “book at lunch, to avoid the inevitable evening queue”.
10 Greek Street Restaurant Diner Reviews
"Came in on spec and a small table was found towards the rear of the restaurant. All the reviews read favourably so we felt a little disappointed by the quality of everything. It started well with a nice spicy olive oil to dribble onto our sourdough bread. After this service started going backwards. Wine was slow to come. This is the first thing that should arrive to keep the thirsty punters happy. A main of onglet was fine but got a little dreary towards the end and it wasn't that large either."
|Wine per bottle||£18.00|
10 Greek Street W1
A plain and simple - and noisy and tightly-packed - Soho bistro, offering simple and generally decent food, plus cracking wines, at reasonable prices.
We happened to have booked for lunch at this Soho newcomer on the day it received a bit of a 'rave' in the Evening Standard, so expectations were high. We arrived to find what looked very like a plain and simple bistro, and further inspection confirmed it was precisely that.
Any lingering doubts were laid to rest by the blackboard menu, which can only be described as, well, bistro-like - full of good, and relatively straightforward, dishes. As a guest commented, he could have eaten his way right through it.
The wine list, however, was not really bistro-like: it was much better than that. Well, what's not to like with a list that kicks off with champagne at £6 a glass? There's a very respectable range, but prices are consistently modest, with many options available by the half-bottle-size carafe.
On the evidence of our visit, though, the wines far outshine the food. The bread, focaccia, was decent enough, but the starter du jour we'd opted for was simply a disaster. A dish of crab, chilli and pasta, and saffron too, it looked good, but it tasted of nothing at all, and certainly not chilli. Not a good start. A plump pheasant breast, however, was a simple pleasure, accompanied by some similarly plain but satisfying kale and Jerusalem artichokes.
Wondering if we'd been unlucky, we interrogated our guests (two) as to whether they'd sensed the magic that had impressed the earlier visiting scribe. No, even as guests, and having sampled a starter and a main course apiece, they could not perjure themselves to say that they had sensed anything resembling magic.
Prices, however, are reasonable: a two-course lunch for three, with a bottle of Gruner Veltliner, and a cup of coffee apiece, squeaked in just under the magic ton mark. Plus tip, which was well deserved.
10 Greek St, London, W1D 4DH
|Monday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Tuesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10 pm|
|Wednesday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Thursday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Friday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Saturday||12 pm-2:30 pm, 5:30 pm-10:30 pm|
|Sunday||12 pm-8:30 pm|