If there is one cusine that I am a massive fan of it is Greek. I could eat it all day every day – and in fact very much wish I could! So when I heard that there was a new Greek restaurant opening in London, round the corner from my office, I couldn’t wait to give it a try!
Based on the infamous Petticoat Lane, not far from Liverpool Street station, this restaurant is hugely unlike its old fashion surroundings. The place has been entirely refit and is full of bright colours and metal; but whilst it is hugely modern the colours still say Greece and it all flows wonderfully together.
The Hungry Donkey‘s menu is fairly small but perfectly formed – I really don’t think you need anything more on there. What I loved too was that there were dishes I had never tried on the menu, which was really nice as it gets a bit tiresome trying the same thing all the time.
On arrival, and throughout our meal, the staff at the Hungry Donkey were polite and ever willing to provide suggestions and explanations. We actually let our waitress decide upon most of our meal for us as neither of us are fussy and it gave us the opportunity to try a few different things.
Alongside our Greek wine and beer we proceeded with some starters – suggested by our waitress of course. They arrived and they looked great – but they tasted even better! We sampled the Dakos Barley Rusks, Zucchini Fritters, Pan Fried Saganaki Cheese, Feta Dip and Tzatziki – plus pita bread, of course.
I cannot being to tell you how delicious each dish was, although the cheese was my personal favourite! The barley rusks were a little like an Italian bruschetta but with a harder base – they were lovely – and the saganaki cheese was hot and crispy like the cheese melted on top of cheese on toast. It was incredible.
To be fair, after these delicious dishes to start we were becoming to feel a little full. However with the dishes on offer for main course sounded ever tempting we decided to power through and made our choices: a Greek Sausage Souvlaki Pitta and a Mushroom and Halloumi Pitta Burger. Both were full with ingredients and the chips that were served with the burger were absolutely delicious – salty, handcooked and tasty.
Every dish we tried was packed full of flavour, tasted healthy but delicious and left you feeling comfortably full.
To finish what had been an entirely impressive meal we had a slide of Manouri Cheesecake – apparently the healthiest cheesecake you can have, which made me feel much happier after all I had eaten before desert!
I cannot praise the food at the Hungry Donkey more; it was fantastic and with prices from just £2.50 for a main dish it is not overpriced either, particularly for the location.
The manager of the restaurant was keen to talk to all the customers, explaining the ethos behind the restaurant and its food, but was not intrusive. It is a rarity to be introduced to the manager and owner of an establishment, so this was a welcome treat.
So if you are in East London, or travelling near or around, be sure to pop in and try out the Hungry Donkey.0