Maria Elia’s Top 5 Greek Restaurants In London

Greek-Cypriot chef and author Maria Elia shares her top 5 Greek restaurants in London.

Tsiakkos & Charcoal. Maria says, ‘One of the most authentic Greek Cypriot restaurants in London. Enter through the kitchen to the rustic dining room where you’ll be greeted like family! Help yourself to beer an wine from the fridge; you’ll feel like you’re in Cyprus. I can’t recommend this place enough, it’s like a home from home. Cooked over real charcoal the meats are divine; try the sheftalia, a traditional skewered pork and parsley sausage wrapped in caul fat, a Cypriot speciality!

Tsiakkos & Charcoal, 5a Maryland Road, W9 2DU

peckham bazaar

Peckham Bazaar. Maria says, ‘Specialising in food from across the Balkans this is my go-to restaurant in South London. The octopus (in any form) is always exceptional; John the fabulous chef takes great pride in changing the menu daily. Great Greek wine selection too.’

Peckham Bazaar, 119 Consort Road, SE15 3RU

Food Filosophy. Maria says, ‘Best place for lunch or takeaway. An abundance of fresh, divine and healthy home cooked choices line up on the counter. Genuine Greek at its best at this small cafe!’

Food Filosophy, 106 George Street, W1U 8PB

Meraki. Maria says, ‘An upmarket contemporary Greek restaurant with beautifully presented and refined Greek cuisine and a fantastic selection of Greek wines.’

Meraki, 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, W1W 7QT

Opso. Maria says, ‘Opso offers contemporary and innovative Greek cuisine in a fun and casual atmosphere. Graze at the bar (best seat in the house!) and enjoy a selection of meze whilst watching the mixologist create some of the most innovative Greek cocktails in London.’

Opso, 10 Paddington Street, W1U 5QL

Photo of Maria Elia by Niamh Shields