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Review: The Real Greek

I’ve heard a lot of good things about The Real Greek, one of the many restaurants situated at the BH2 leisure complex, so my wife and I were delighted to get the opportunity to sample their brand new vegan menu.

IMG_8944I feel like I should start by saying that we’re not vegan. I’ve been guilty in the past of dismissing vegan menus/restaurants/products because I thought ‘they weren’t for me’ or were in some way second-rate substitutes. The Real Greek’s new vegan menu is a great example of why I couldn’t have been more wrong.

The first thing that struck us about the menu was how much choice there was. Some 30 dishes have been created in collaboration with celebrated Greek cook Tonia Buxton, utilising vegan-friendly produce traditional to Greece. We also learnt that Greece has rich heritage of vegan cooking (so it says on the menu), which we hadn’t realised.

We started with a number of Cold Meze dishes. Greek flatbread, green pea fava, houmous and a beetroot and lentil salad were all presented on the type of stand used to serve afternoon tea. Everything was delicious, but we particularly enjoyed the beetroot and lentil. Next up, we selected several hot dishes with some recommendations from manager, Dan.

We watched with delight as our chickpea filo triangles, falafel, moussaka, grilled aubergine with garlic tomato sauce and jackfruit stifado were all prepared in the open kitchen before us. It was a veritable vegan feast, and we ate until we were stuffed. Our favourite dish by far was the jackfruit, which was Dan’s recommendation – the balance of flavours made it a taste sensation.

As the meal drew to a close, we didn’t feel like we’d ‘gone vegan’ for the night. We just felt like we’d had a delicious meal in a vibrant restaurant with great service and a fabulous atmosphere. But having vegan friends who struggle to find restaurants where they’re not treated as an afterthought, I can thoroughly recommend The Real Greek – their vegan menu is the real deal!

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Dominic Brancaleone

Dominic Brancaleone

Dom completed a BA (Hons) degree in Arts & Media and gained a number of professional credits working on film and TV productions before heading to Bournemouth to complete a screenwriting Masters degree. Now he spends most of his time rowing and producing video content for national and international brands.

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