restaurant review: OPSO the new Greek in town

So the plan for Opso had been to turn up a little unannounced.  Simply because the PR had said that the restaurant wasn’t quite ready for reviewers.OPSO RESTAURANT

Which is… exactly… red rag to a (blogger) bull.

OPSO restaurant MaryleboneEspecially as rumour had it that Greek-English entrepreneur Andreas Labridis’ c0-venture kept being delayed over this and that…OPSO restaurant

Anyway, the wait is finally over and the Greek-inspired eatery is now finally open  (as of 3 days ago) for breakfast and lunch – with dinner to follow next week.

At which point they might allow reviewers in.

Either way, I had 30 minutes between the end of my meeting and school pick-up –  just about enough time to force open the door and try at least 4 dishes.


all sorts of snacks on the bar as you walk in...

all sorts of snacks on the bar as you walk in…

P1150375But first the interior is worth a mention.  Light floods into this corner location (DARK horrid Ping Pong was here previously), with ridged oak cladding along the walls and a central communal table which seats 18. My guest and I sat by the window and immediately speed-ordered before I got the camera out.

Taramas cream £5.50

Taramas cream with olive crackers £5.50

Spinach Pie £3.95

Spinach Pie £3.95

The snapping was the give-away.  Immediately the Greeks smelt a …

What is going on?’ they cried.  ‘What are you doing?  Who are you writing for?’

Barrel-matured creamy feta with sourdough bread £6

Barrel-matured creamy feta with sourdough bread £6

I feared a little plate smashing as I came clean but instead they just ordered us ANOTHER 4 plates to taste/photograph/write-up.

Fish Burger £12 With tomato jam and chips

Fish Burger with chips and squid ink aioli £12 

Now faced with a serious amount of food but still the same time-frame, we were in partial heaven and partial deep (creamy) feta.

I love these bar stools...

I love these bar stools…

The clock ticked and we ploughed on.  The food is good, really good here.  Intense flavours in each dish but without being rich or dramatically heavy.

Andreas Labridis, Opso co-founder, popped out to hi

Andreas Labridis, Opso co-founder, popped out to say hi

For those readers who may have forgotten their extensive knowledge of ancient Greek, Opso means delicacy.  But don’t let this mislead you into thinking that this place is overly fancy or too traditional.  It’s relaxed, sociable and very Mediterranean in its theme, style and taste.

So next time I’ll plan my time better so that I can leisurely  re-order my favourites, perhaps drop by for dinner and even learn to conjugate a couple of greek words for the fun of it.

OPSO 10 Paddington Street W1 




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