Opso: Modern Greek Food Comes to MaryleboneBy Malika Dalamal
July 2, 2014
The Gist: This all-day modern Greek restaurant set over two floors in Marylebone serves breakfast, brunch, lunch and dinner with a focus on what they call 'social dining' — a communal table that seats 18 and a menu of sharing plates and desserts.
The Vibe: A Laid-back, light-filled space with charming Mediterranean touches like mosaic flooring and terra-cotta serving dishes and platters.
Eat This: For breakfast, try Greek-style eggs: poached (£8) with toasted koulouri (a sesame-covered bread ring similar to a bagel), bacon and Greek-yoghurt hollandaise; or scrambled (£9) with cherry tomatoes, confit, feta and fresh oregano. From the all-day menu, the fish burger (£12) is served in a black squid-ink bun with tomato jam and square chips, snail 'n' chips (£13.50) is a Greek take on the British classic or opt for the lamb shank — slow-cooked for 16 hours with orzo, tomato marmalade and lemongrass.
Drink This: Cocktails made with traditional Greek liqueurs including the South Negroni (£8) made with Mastiha, rosso vermouth and Campari bitter, or Perfect Thyme (£8) with thyme liqueur, violet liqueur, fresh lemon juice and basil leaves.
Skip This: Plate-smashing. It's not that kind of place.
The Damage: £30-£40 per head.
The Verdict: Compared to other Mediterranean cuisines, London lacks good Greek food, so we are excited for this new addition.
Opso, 10 Paddington St., W1U 5QL; 020 7935 0551