In town to purchase Mr Silver's wedding suit, we decided to have lunch in nearby Soho. 10 Greek Street has a very unobtrusive presence on the major Soho road, but stop by and you're in for a treat.
The restaurant is tiny and the decor is simple, with an open kitchen and the menu rustically etched on a blackboard over head. The little place has a huge energy and as it was packed with people it felt buzzy and alive.
Cuisine is modern European with mostly Spanish and Italian influence.
We started with a glass of Chapel Down English sparkling wine. I'm not to keen on the pink stuff, often overly sweet, but this one was crisp and dry.
Water in old milk bottle added to the rustic feel.
The bread selection was utterly delicious and the helpful waiter told us it was freshly baked every morning.
We decided to share a couple of starters
Bisque, prawns, mussels, clams and orzo was a perfect heart-warming choice for a cold day! For a bisque, it was light with only a touch of cream and plenty of beautifully cooked seafood.
Also seared scallops, fennel puree, green olives and blood orange. The scallops were cooked to perfection and the fennel puree a lovely and slightly unusual accompaniment. The portion was a little small though and sharing it meant only one scallop each. We savoured what we had though!
Next to the main courses
Veal chop with spinach, jerusalem artichokes and wild mushrooms. A huge portion to satisfy the always hungry, Mr Silver! Both of us love mushrooms and artichokes so we chomped happily on these. The veal chop itself was tender and delicious.
I chose another starter for my main course as we also had dinner plans in the evening and I've got a wedding dress to fit into! Mine was squid, n'duja. baby spinach and peperonata. N'duja is an ingredient I'd never tried before and I was informed its an Italian spicy sausage. I'm not a big meat eater but I was interested to try it and I love squid! The dish was beautifully executed, spicy with a smoky piquant oil running through it. Light, but perfectly balanced and filling.
We loved the food and the atmosphere at 10 Greek Street and agreed it was a perfect little gem in the heart of Soho. I will be keen to try the sister restaurant, 8 Hoxton Square, when it opens later in the month.
Next up a little walk round Soho and feeling chilly we nipped into the Soho Hotel for a coffee.
The Soho Hotel is one of the seven Firmdale Hotels in London (and one in New York).
I loved the boutique chain owned by Tim and Kit Kemp; each hotel has gorgeous, original interiors designed by Kit Kemp herself. All are totally unique with a modern, cool decoration and plenty of interesting and unsual touches.
Located down Richmond Mews, the hotel is also a little off the beaten track.
Here's just one example of the interesting design elements that Kit uses to decorate the hotel.
The Refuel Bar and restaurant is plush and comfortable making it ideal for afternoon tea or pre-drinks before a big night out!
It's was the perfect place to escape the cold and they do serve a good coffee!!
There are so many lanes and byways in Soho that you never know what you're going to find. Its just a matter of knowing where to look!