Fantasia Palace – Praed Street, London
We have long enjoyed Greek food – Mediterranean cooking, fresh, healthy – and usually good value. So, the Fantasia Palace, a small restaurant a few minutes’ walk along Praed Street from Edgware Road tube station had been recommended to us.
Crisp white tablecloths
We hadn’t expected crisp white tablecloths and napkins, but very much approved. We also approved of the splendid welcome and service from the delightful Nicole and we also approved of our freshly cooked and tasty meal.
Once a corner pub, thie building was refurbished in 2012 and has since become a popular Greek restaurant. Nicole apologised for the smell of paint and begged us to be careful and not touch anything as we made our way downstairs to the Ladies toilet – Fantasia Palace was having a mini refurb and doors were being varnished and walls repainted.
At lunch time it was quiet – a couple of friends gossiping over a leisurely lunch and a few office workers – but in the evening we were told it comes alive with singing, dancing and from time to time belly dancing.
Freshly cooked and tasty dishes
Under Nicole’s guidance we tucked into a generous and tasty platter of hot and cold meze; individual dishes from £3. The freshly cooked chicken and lamb kebabs were especially good – a good flavour and the meat soft and tender: main course prices from £8.50 – with a Greek salad (£5) as a side. Wine by the glass from £4; a bottle from £13.95.
There is a small dessert menu, but we were too full so instead opted, with great delight, for a Greek coffee each (£1.50), made to exactly how we like them. Incidentally the restaurant offers an extremely good value lunch menu – a choice of one starter and one main course for £6.95.
Next time, we agreed, we are Paddington way and wanting a good value, tasty meal, you’ll find us in the Fantasia Palace. www.fantasiapalace.co.uk