October 28, 2017 Greek, Leith 2 Comments

Greco Pi

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.

Exterior

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.

Spanakopita

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.

The menu is informal Greek food dishes like souvlaki and spanakopita. It’s along similar lines to Mr Nick’s and Ola Kala.

Souvlaki

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.

Scores
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

Written by BKR