Mazi - Notting Hill, London
Nestled in and amongst candy coloured houses on pretty Hillgate Street, and just a 3 minute walk from busy Notting Hill tube station, you'll find Mazi - a modern Greek eating house. Classic, authentic ingredients and recipes are given a fresh contemporary twist, ensuring guests experience true Greek dining at its best. Sharing dishes are encouraged at Mazi, which will certainly appeal to those with an indecisive palette. The staff are as authentic as the food; passionate and proud of their Greek heritage. Expect a warm and friendly welcome in this busy, trendy joint.
I recommend kick starting things off with several of Mazi's popular 'cold jars,' all priced at just £6. Scott and I opted for 'Grandmama’s Meatballs from Smyrna with Handmade Crisps', 'Grilled Aubergine with Soy and Thyme Honey', and 'Fish Roe Mousse Tarama'. These cold bites were incredibly moreish and packed full of unusual flavour combinations.
Now this is where Mazi may just find a special place in your heart! The 'Feta Tempura with Lemon Marmalade and Caper Meringue' was absolutely delicious! Feta tempura can be spotted on most Greek menus, but at Mazi it has been given a modern twist. Sticky, sweet caper meringue cuts through the richness of the tempura batter and salty feta cheese. The globules of sharp lemon marmalade injects a zingy, refreshing acidity to your palette.
The succulent chunks of 'Black Truffle Chicken Hunkar Begendi' presents a welcoming comparison to the rich feta tempura dish.
Although the food was delicious, our service was a little slow throughout the meal (the restaurant was bursting at the seams!) so our waiter kindly offered us a complimentary dessert to share. The 'Loukoumades, Lavender Honey, Chocolate Sorbet' were super sweet but truly yummy! The doughnuts complimented the bitter chocolate sorbet well too.
If you're over in Notting Hill, I highly recommend a lunch or evening meal at Mazi, but book up in advance, as there are a limited number of tables.
Καλń óρεξη! (Enjoy your meal as the Greeks would say!)