Tuesday, 9 April 2013

Scallop heaven and Mormon hell!

10 Greek St is a lovely, unassuming little restaurant in Soho. No neon signs shout its arrival, just a little 10 above the door- easy to walk by- but you definitely shouldn't! 

 I was lucky enough to rock up there on friday with a few friends and nab the last table in the pre theatre rush- there are no bookings taken here, so turn up early if you hate to wait!
 The rickety looking tables and unfussy decor give the place a cosy, shabby-chic feel, a bit like a posh communal dining room. The menus are neatly written on blackboards on the walls and the cutlery, napkins and olive oil tucked into little hidey holes on the table. 
 The menu is changed frequently which I love, always chance to try something new each time you visit!

 Orders were quickly taken, I opted for the scallops with celeriac and bacon, my friend for the octopus carpaccio. On the advice of the waitress we went for the pinot noir from Wild earth vineyards. It was a good choice! Light and fruity, but with enough depth to satisfy our red wine cravings. 

The scallops were cooked to perfection, my knife cut through them like butter- they seemed to have just turned from raw to cooked the second before they were lifted out of the pan- dreamy! The smooth celeriac puree and crispy bacon complemented them wonderfully in both texture and taste, giving rise to a lot of mmmm's and sighs during their consumption…
The sneaky bite I took of the octopus was very light and fresh, with the lemon and capers giving a unexpectedly subtle touch of flavour that didn't overpower the delicate octopus.

More wine followed, we plumped for something a little more robust this time. A nice rich Fontodi Chianti Classico was ordered to better complement the main courses. (Not mine I may add, I was a little outvoted!)
 The boys had ordered the Welsh black short rib, with wild mushrooms and new potatoes to share. Again, I only managed to sneak a mouthful from the huge but jealously guarded plate! The mushrooms were AMAZING! Rich and woody, and perfect with the meat, which was pink, soft and gloriously juicy!

 My main of goats cheese tortellini, broad beans, peas and mint was equally delicious. This is one of my favourite food combinations, like spring on a plate! The goats cheese gave this dish a rich lemony bite which married perfectly with the zingy mint and tender greens. I felt the presentation let the dish down a little- it looked a little tired! Luckily, this didn't affect the taste :) 
 The portion size was perfect too, enough to fill, but not to leave you lethargic as is wont to happen after a huge plate of pasta #carbcoma. All in all a great little place, a perfect stop off before our trip to the theatre! (We saw Book of Mormon, I was on the verge of wetting myself laughing the entire way through- highly recommended!) 

Restaurant details here
Theatre details here

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