Inside Fitzrovia's Greek Restaurant With Elegant Interiors And Upmarket Eats

Let’s be honest - we've had a pretty miserable start to spring. Yes, the days are a little longer, but the weather? It's been incredibly... soggy. So, all I've wanted for the last couple of months was to hop on a plane to somewhere sunny, but instead, I settled for the next best thing - Meraki in Fitzrovia. I'd heard about this elegant Greek restaurant on the grapevine, and I couldn't wait to head along and be transported to the Mediterranean for the evening.

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For special occasions, you can also pop by Meraki for private dining.

Funnily enough, when I visited Meraki it was actually one of the wettest, windiest, most miserable days yet - but that just made walking into the warm, cosy restaurant even more inviting. Brolly shaken, sopping coat off, I headed inside to an eatery that echoed the laid-back charm of a classic Greek taverna, although this was Fitzrovia don’t you know, so of course the place had a bit of a fancy spin to it. Rustic-chic, bare-brick walls met with muted-tone furniture, including the very snazzy rounded booth my pal and I were seated in. There was a warm, bustling ambience, with flickering candlelight at each table and an open kitchen where you can see the chefs at work.

We kicked off with a round of cocktails from the signature list. I went for the incredibly tropical tasting What Happens Stays Here (£18). Inspired by the Aya Irini beach, it was a heady mix of vodka, Aperol, pineapple juice, lime, passion fruit and Greek sparkling wine. My friend decided on the Thunderbolt (£20); a blend of Whistle Pig Piggyback whisky, Metaxa, Cocchi di Torino, fig leaf and orange liqueur; it was strong, tart and would have made Zeus proud.

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While we went for cocktails, Meraki's wine list also looked fabulous.

Everything on the menu was designed for sharing, which is great for me because I get serious food envy. We dipped our pita bread (£3.50) into an incredibly rich and creamy bowl of hummus (£6) and a thick, almost cheesy take on tzatziki (£6). Alongside this, we scoffed a Mykonian salad (£15), made up of cucumber, multicoloured tomatoes, chunks of goat's cheese, slices of green pepper, olives and kritamo.

We then dove into the tuna ceviche (£16), a serving of high-grade fish swimming in a delectable pool of black truffle, with an added crunch courtesy of a few barks of crispy filo pastry. Between mouthfuls of that, I savoured the beef carpaccio (£17), which came paired with subtle flecks of black truffle, walnuts and metsovone cheese. It was undeniably delish, although there was something sweet on top that disrupted the balance a little - it felt like there was just a bit too much going on. And the redefine ‘lamb’ keftedes (£14), a vegan kebab that, I’m not joking, actually had the flavour and texture of lamb, plus was juicy and seasoned to perfection.

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I'll be honest, Meraki's Greek food was absolutely delicious.

If you can believe it, we managed to cram in even more... The roasted seabass (£28) was soft and juicy with a delightful tang from the lemon, complemented by a bed of wilted spring greens and courgette. I couldn't help but also try the grilled ribeye (£36), a beautiful cut of meat accompanied by florina pepper chimichurri and padron peppers. On the side, we had Greek rock potatoes (£7), smashed and sprinkled in herbs, which we dipped in the kopanisti sauce. And, of course, we need a little veg alongside our meaty feast, so ordered a serving of hispi cabbage (£9) with garlic chips and harissa.

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I wasn't sure what to expect from an upmarket Greek restaurant - until my visit to Meraki, my only experience of the cuisine was cheap tavernas or street food spots. But from the moment I walked through the venue's doors, it felt warm and cosy, yet oh-so-elegant. The food was top-notch - although I would definitely recommend ordering less than we did, as we went a bit overboard and had to waddle home - and the cocktails were fun and creative. If you're looking for a unique date night spot, I would highly recommend this Fitzrovia gem.

  💰 The damage: Around £200, plus service, but we did overindulge.

  📍  The location: 80-82 Great Titchfield St., London W1W 7QT.

  👌 Perfect for: Elegant date nights.

 ⭐ Need to know: It has a little fish market at the front where you can choose a catch of the day.


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