I've visited Glasgow a lot in the past with work but had no idea this place existed until I looked up at the windows of a nice old building as I walked through George Square on my last night after I'd already eaten elsewhere. I love Greek food so I vowed to return on my next visit.
The restaurant is centrally located on the western side of George Square, close to the train station (Queen Street, not Central) and the entrance is down a small passageway of sorts. Despite arriving just after 7PM the restaurant was very quiet, only a few tables occupied, and as I was dining alone I was seated in a corner.
I chose a starter and a main course from the menu, and moments later I was given a basket of bread, a dish of olive oil, and a few olives. If I'd known this was provided I wouldn't have ordered a starter as I only wanted something to nibble before the main course arrived. Before my main was brought the waitress collected my starter plate and asked if I'd finished with the bread. I replied that I had, but she persisted, asking if I wanted to keep it, and when I said that I didn't she asked if there was anything wrong with it or if I hadn't liked it. I just wanted to save room for my main course!
My lamb kleftiko arrived and was nicely presented, a lamb shank covered with a tomato sauce, a few strips of onion beneath, and some potatoes to the side. The menu stated that the dish was served with vegetables but none were provided. The kleftiko was nice but did seem a little bland, lacking the herb-infused flavour the dish usually has, the tomato a little overpowering, but I still enjoyed it. When I finished I was full so didn't order a dessert, but had a Greek coffee which finished things off nicely. The overall bill came to just over £21, which I felt was reasonable.
All in all it was a pleasant meal, not quite as sensational as I'd been led to believe it would be by colleagues at work, and some of the staff did seem a little grumpy or subdued.
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