The Greeks have provided us with a lot of things to be grateful for: mythology, feta, masterpiece statues with artful teeny-weenies. But none are more delightful than the country’s cuisine itself. Boasting fresh, sunshine-packed flavours such as tzatziki, cucumber and plentiful halloumi, Greek food is the underdog of international cuisine – and one that’s certainly overdue a trendy renaissance now that newcomer The Real Greek has arrived. So close your eyes, grab a gyro, and imagine the sounds of the Aegean waves crashing as you take your first bite.
1. The Real Greek
Becoming a foodie hotspot after just a few months in the city, The Real Greek offers a modern take on Aegean cuisine – pairing gyros and mezze with refreshing Greek wine and cold beers. Found within the Corn Exchange, guests can enjoy a slice of paradise thanks to the bright and airy decor inspired by the country – souvlaki in one hand and wine in the other, obviously. The Real Greek, Corn Exchange, Exchange Sq, M4 3TR.
Starting life as a food truck on Boothstown marina just a matter of months ago, ThatZiki has become a local sensation – already seeking out their first bricks-and-mortar venue as a result of their fast success. The ideal spot for a delicious lunch, ThatZiki serves up packed gyros and vegan pitas, alongside Greek fries piled high with chicken, feta and deep-fried halloumi. ThatZiki, The Mooring Bridge Bridgewater Canal, M28 1LP.
A colourful taverna found by Beetham Tower, Deansgate, Dimitri’s offers a cosy, yet authentic experience – where guests can enjoy delicious classic meze and Greek tapas, both indoors in the restaurant and under the alleyway atrium outside. On the menu, expect a hefty flavour of Greece, with dishes including mousaka, grilled fish, and, of course, a number of delicious gyros to tuck into, too. It’s the perfect spot to share a few dishes with friends, with tons of tapas-style plates available to order. Dimitri’s, 1-3, Campfield Arcade Liverpool Rd, 322-326 Deansgate, M3 4FH.
Manchester’s most traditional-looking taverna – white and blue touches included – Rozafa is a truly underrated city centre gem. Oozing the authentic vibe, guests at Rozafa can expect well-seasoned plates of fish, meat and veggie mezze, octopus dishes, packed souvlaki, grilled lamb and traditional mousaka – all the makings of a proper Greek meal. Rozafa, 63 Princess St, M2 4EQ.
5. Bouzouki by Night
If there’s one word to describe Bouzouki, it’s fun. Hosting live entertainment, banquets, belly dancing and more every Friday and Saturday night, guests can unwind – dare I say Mamma Mia! style – to live music, while enjoying an excellent menu of stifado, mousaka, chicken skewers and tons more delicious mezze. After eating, guests are invited to get involved in some Greek dancing – a truly fun element to their Friday and Saturday events. Bouzouki by Night, 88 Princess St, M1 6NG.