I was recently invited to review the menu at Greek Restaurant, Fantastia Palace in the heart of West London as their guest and couldn’t wait to sample its delights. It’s not often that I get the chance to eat Greek food, growing up in East London I am more used to eating Turkish food which is similar but of course different! Located just a stone’s throw away from Edgeware Road and Paddington, Fantastia Palace is really easy to get to and very easy to spot. The building used to be an old English Pub, so it is full of quirky character and charm. Upon entering the restaurant, my friend commented that it felt like we were on holiday, in Greece. Whilst I have not yet been to Greece I could definitely see what my friend meant, it had the feel of somewhere near a holiday resort. The space is not huge and so diners are packed in, not quite like sardines but it’s not a wide space so I would recommend booking as the restaurant was busy and full throughout the evening.
To start, I selected the Hot Mixed Starter which consisted of Haloumi, Pastourma, a type of beef sausage and dolmades, stuffed vine leaves. Every thing on my plate was delicious and I especially enjoyed the dolmades which were fresh and moreish. The Pastourma was a great savoury and slightly spicy sausage which I enjoyed with the haloumi cheese. My friend went for feta cheese which we both agreed was absolutely divine, smooth and rich in flavour. If there’s one thing that the restaurant ever decided to sell as a stand alone product under their brand it should be that cheese because it was superb.
For my main course I went for the grilled lamb cutlets served with rice and salad. It was as good as I expected, fresh ingredients without too much fuss, the type of meal you would expect from an authentic Greek restaurant. Good quality meat and the portion size was generous for the cost of the meal.
My friend opted for grilled seabass which was served with chips, although the bones sometimes got in the way my friend really enjoyed this, so much so that I didn’t even get a chance to taste it.
We ended our meal with some greek coffee which is strong and given the fact that I’m not normally a coffee drinker I am surprised I managed to finish drinking it.
Overall I had a lovely time at Fantasia Palace, the food was lovely and the service was prompt and attentive. I would love the restaurant to get an interior decoration makeover though, it just needs a bit of an uplift inside to bring out the best that I know it can be. I would recommend you wander down on summer’s afternoon (if we ever get one here in the UK) for some authentic food in London. Visit: http://www.fantasiapalace.co.uk/ to book a table!
Fantasia Palace, 28 Praed Street, London, W2 1NH