When recently trawling the takeaway menus, I noticed a new place called Greco Pi had opened on Great Junction Street. Although this is nearby my abode, I took the lazy man route and ordered it to be delivered.
It was my second use of a service called Deliveroo which I don’t care for one bit. On my first try the takeaway food from the Boozy Cow arrived in dreadful shape and was truly awful. I had a repeat performance here.
While Boozy Cow has plenty of fans to sustain it, I figured I should get off my fat ass and visit Greco Pi in person to see whether the fault lay solely in the delivery method. I’m pleased to report that it did.
A compact little spot on the main thoroughfare, the place has been bedecked in simple and charming Greek detailing with fresh herbs on the tables and counter.
The owner is a friendly chap named Nick. He introduced himself as I was leaving after we’d chatted a bit about the struggles of getting the business up and running.
I opted for the spanakopita to start then followed with the pork souvlaki.
The spanakopita had been prepared in advance and served at ambient temperature so I tucked into that while the other dish was cooked the order.
It was elegantly layered and deeply satisfying. I can’t think of a better version I’ve had in the city.
The souvlaki was light years better than what I’d sampled via Deliveroo’s cack-handedness. The chips were golden and the pitta of really good quality. I enjoyed it.
So overall, sitting-in at Greco Pi was a really enjoyable experience. It’s rare for a place to live up to its tagline, but I did feel that I ‘arrived as a guest, left as a friend’. If you do opt for delivery and it reaches you in better order than in my experience, be assured that it’s even better first hand.
Blythe scores Greco Pi
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: spanakopita, pork souvlaki
I drank water
I wore: blue
Total bill: £8.90
Address: 191 Great Junction Street, Edinburgh, EH6 5LQ