Having recently returned from a holiday in Thessaloniki we wanted to recapture a little of that holiday spirit by finding a Greek restaurant in Southampton. I was pleasantly surprised when I found that Blue Island was the 3rd rated restaurant in Southampton, definitely worth a try I thought. We booked a table on Friday night and arrived to a busy little restaurant. Lovely atmosphere, decor is plain but that really doesn't bother me and the staff were great. We were feeling greedy so ordered the Meze and maybe this was our mistake. The first few dishes were pitta bread and dips ; I suspect that the humous, tzatziki and taramasalata weren't homemade but hey they were tasty and just the first of many dishes. These were followed by stuffed vine leaves, meatballs, mushrooms in a red wine sauce, a Greek salad, halloumi, calamari and a couple of slices off smoked ham. I really wanted this food to be great but it wasn't I'm afraid, certainly not bad but just average. The mushrooms were lovely but the meatballs tasted like they were from a tin. We were getting really full now, which was a shame as there was still chicken souvlaki, pork souvlaki and an oven roasted lamb dish (kleftiko). These were definitely tastier but we ended up taking a lot of them home as we were so stuffed. So, the moral of this review is if you're going to have the meze don't fill up on the not so great dishes and wait for the meat dishes at the end. I wouldn't rule out going back to Blue Island but I will not have the meze again but will go for a main course from the normal menu.
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