Decent Greek grub is few and far between on the London food scene, so when a good one comes along, we want to shout about it…
The Greek in question? If you want to be regionally specific, The Athenian.
We visited The Artworks in Elephant & Castle last week, a food market built out of shipping containers – a popular use of space at many street food haunts these days – where one of their six London spots resides. For anyone t’up North, they’ve also got a Bristol outpost.
Founded by Efthymios and Neofytos, The Athenian first launched as a small street food venture in 2014. Since then they’ve grown to become one of few true Greek offerings within London’s thriving street food scene.
The chefs at this joint use fresh, authentic, healthy ingredients and age old recipes to make their delicious eats, inspired by the urban stalls of metropolitan Athens.
They serve freshly made healthy souvlaki – pillowy flatbreads filled with skewered meat, cheese or veg. There’s chicken, pork or ground lamb and beef skewers, and the meat free options include halloumi, vegan tomato croquettes and grilled mushrooms.
Newly added to the menu is another traditional Greek eat, Gyros. They’re made with the same pillowy flatbreads, this time filled with shavings of meat or veg marinated in herbs, lemon juice and olive oil. Meat eaters can choose from chicken or pork and the vegan option is filled with delicious seitan, vegan mayo and aubergine dip.
All willingly stuffed with oregano flecked fries.
Other dips on the menu include the Athenian sauce (secret recipe), Tzatziki and a spicy feta dip all served with warm pitta.
Sides to try are the courgette and feta fritters and the halloumi fries, both deep fried excellence. You can level up the halloumi fries with classic, fiery and cool flavourings.
A small selection of Greek wine and beers are on offer too.
The Athenian’s current locations include Elephant & Castle, Shoreditch, Southbank market, Victoria and White City with the latest instalment opening in Tooting market.
To find out more, visit www.theathenian.co.uk