Find out what we made of Sharrow Vale Road's finest...
Wherever you are, stop for a second. Can you hear that low hum? Feel that distant vibration? Do you know what it is? That is the buzz surrounding The Greedy Greek. Sitting on the corner of Sharrow Vale Road, the taverna-inspired eatery bills itself as a destination for Eastern Mediterranean cuisine, with a philosophy of serving traditional Greek dishes, as well as some experimental ones.
Withstanding the test of time for the past 15 years, its authentic dining experience promises an evening of escapism, aided by a menu that's well-rooted in the classics. There is no confounding of expectations here. Anyone who has ever visited Greece and enjoyed simply-cooked food on a warm summer’s evening, will know the vibe the Greedy Greek are going for. Nothing was too much to ask and the laidback mantra made us feel like we were dining in a restaurant on the Aegean coast – not just a stride from Endcliffe Park.
We jumped in with a plate of grilled Greek pitta (£5), smoky hummus, blush pink strofilla, earthy olive pâté and a high-octane tzatziki (£10.90) which accompanied the softness of the bread impeccably, each mouthful leading you through a deep sweetness into a mist of aromatic herbs.
Made from scratch, a teeming bowl of spanakorizo (£5.40): a nourishing mix of spinach, leek, spring onion and risotto, served with feta for some necessary sourness, soon joined the table, brimming with acidic sweetness and a wholesome kick. Delicately fried wedges of spanakotyropita (£1.10) followed – almost celestial and bursting from their casing, finished with lashings of olive oil.
The showstopper was the mixed plate (£15.50): an overflowing smorgasbord of refreshingly moist sliced pork and chicken, Greek meatballs, a simple salad and a generous dollop of tzatziki and strofilla – with a swathe of chips for good measure. A lot going on – all of it good.
Plates of fall-apart stuffed aubergine (£5.40) and pepper (£5.40) with finely spiced beef, rice and feta became a fight to the last forkful, while exquisitely perfumed and robust lemon artichokes (£5.40) came heavily spiked with olive oil, citrus, peas, carrots and leeks, bringing earthiness to a much-maligned vegetable.
Two desserts rounded off the meal – first up, a nest of baklava-inspired Kataifi (£4.30), made with delicately shredded filo pastry and topped with roughly chopped mixed nuts and honey syrup, followed by fluffy and baked to perfection Galaktoboureko: custard with semolina, encased in buttery filo pastry and honey syrup (£4.30).
For a proper home-cooked Greek experience that will leave you sporting a smile as wide as the Mediterranean, the Greedy Greek is the place to go. Trust us, you won’t regret it.
The Greedy Greek
418-420 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZP
Tel: 0114 266 7719