After reading some good reviews on Retsina, we decided to give it a go, and we were not disappointed.

The food was very satisfying. Our mixed meze starter included a variety of dips with warm pitta¬†and a very tasty grilled halloumi that set us off well. A main of beef stifado (beef and onion stew) was excellent, and the chicken and lamb mixed grilled and huge salmon steak pleased as well, although the pork kebab came out a bit dry. These were accompanied by a brilliant Hatzimihalis Cabernet Sauvignon. Although we didn’t have room for deserts, a plate of fresh summer fruit rounded off the meal nicely, as did the Greek coffee and loukoumia offered at the end.

However, the biggest selling point is possibly the service rather than the food. It was friendly and efficient, but it seems almost an insult to leave it at that: it was hospitable, we felt like guests rather than customers. This was amplified by the fact that the majority of the clientele seemed to know the (Greek-Cypriot) owners quite well, creating a more homey atmosphere. The complementary digestif after we had paid the bill went down well too. And with the service not included in the bill, you are free to add the amount you see fit, and we were more than happy to offer the customary 12.5%.

I am always a bit apprehensive about recommending Greek restaurants, as I know that it carries more weight than suggesting any other type of restaurant. I can safely say however that Retsina is as authentic a Greek restaurant as one can possibly find in London, and I would definitely recommend it. I will no doubt be going back.