It's a good job this wasn't a special occasion visit. A table for two was booked at Yiannis in Beeston, to which we were seated immediately. Unfortunately they required the table back by a certain time, but this was fine by us...however, when the starter arrived faster than the speed of light it became clear they wanted us gone quickly. The table itself was rather intrusively neighbouring another for four; we were thankful it was empty for our stay or we might have received the impression it was a speed dating establishment rather than a restaurant. Upon the arrival of the mains, we noted that the lamb kleftiko had to be dug for by peeling back layers of foil...was the chef lazy or just concerned for the sustainability of heat on it's journey from oven to table? Either way, the presentation was less than favoured. Both portion sizes were on the small side and did not reflect their value well. There were hints towards digression from Greek authenticity in both meals: the moussaka sat upon a stream of tomato (salsa?) sauce whilst peas were integrated into the kleftiko - I wasn't aware Spanish and English cuisines were also to be expected. Dessert, however, was tasty.
The service we received might have saved the day were it amiable, but was in fact the icing on an already sour cake. Our main waiter delivered no communication, grunted at us, wore a face like a bee-stung pitbull and couldn't even face us directly when it came to payment. But friendly conversation with adjacent customers was no object, we noticed. He was also quick to present a Specials board to other tables; we had no idea this existed. Strangely, every other member of staff was lovely. Perhaps it was the fact that the two of us fell into a rather young age group (18-25)? Were we not expected to be familiar with proper restaurant decorum? Whatever the reason, we felt singled out, hungry upon departure and even somewhat judged.
So here is our judgement of Yiannis.
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