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El Greco Greek Restaurant Bray

El greco

73 Main Street, Bray, Co.Wicklow.

(01) 272 3733 / Mob: (086) 604 9099

Hours: Open for dinner every evening from 5pm, except Tuesday

Review

El Greco is a very friendly Greek restaurant on the first floor on Main Street Bray. Greek music plays and the decor brings us back to our holidays in Skiathos and Athens. We went along after a day of shed clearing and had worked up quite an appetite.

We were seated at a lovely table by the window, and settled in with some water and a Coke. There was a choice of menus; the a la carte or the set menu, which offered a great choice of classic Greek dishes for the brilliant price of €14.95 for two courses or €16,95 for three. We really couldn't get past this, and all found what we wanted in the options here.

My wife Deirdre got a chance to show off a half forgotten talent: she is something of an authority on Greek food having spent a summer waitressing in Boston during her college days . By her own admission she wasn't the best waitress in the world, but came to love the food and the kindness of the people during her time there.

We started with Greek salad, calamari and spanakopita spinach and feta cheese. My salad was crispy and very fresh, with plenty of olives and feta cheese. Abigail had the calamari with a spicy dip, and they were tender with a nice crunchy coating. Deirdre had the spanakopita, which are little parcels of feta and spinach wrapped in filo pastry. This little parcels were the star starter, and we all ended up helping Dee finish them off.

Main courses brought Abi the Moussaka, Deirdre the kleftika and chicken with taziki and home cut chips for myself. Abigail's Moussaka came with crunchy salad and we very tasty, fresh and moist. Deirdre's kleftika came wrapped in a tin foil parcel and when opend the aroma of Rosemary and lamb was fabulous. I have never tasted such a Rosemary infusion of flavour in lamb before, and this slow cooked meat stew fell off the bone and was delicious. I had the chicken skewers with taziki, and home cut chips, and the dish was simple and very good.

We managed to find some room in the special dessert tummy for some baklava, the little honey soaked pastries which can be found all over Greece and throughout the Middle East and North Africa. We happily munched our way through these with good coffee.

We really liked El Greco, the cooking is honest and authentic, the prices are more than reasonable and the welcome friendly and warm. Memories of hot summer days on the Aegean, along with summers in Boston were re played on the way home. Excellent neighbourhood restaurant.

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