Last Friday I was kindly invited down to review the menu at The Real Greek by the lovely people at Bh2 in Bournemouth*. For those of you who may not know, Bournemouth has a fairly new complex in the town centre called Bh2 which is home to a 10-screen Odeon cinema & many incredible restaurants, The Real Greek being one of them.
Oddly enough, I had never been to a Real Greek restaurant before, even though my fiancé is half Greek himself. However I had been told that halloumi fries were on the menu and that was enough to get my tastebuds watering!
Before I get onto the food, I would just like to take a moment to say a huge thank you to our waitress Hannah who went above and beyond with her service to us on the evening. She instantly made us all feel relaxed and welcome, offered her recommendations from the menu, made sure of any dietary requirements before taking our order and always had a friendly smile throughout. A true credit to The Real Greek in Bh2!
We ordered our first round of drinks and a small bowl of olives whilst we studied the menu. I have never actually tried olives and to my surprise they were pleasantly tasty.
For starters we went for the Greek Flatbread and a selection of dips. Fresh out of the oven, this flatbread was without a doubt, the nicest flatbread I have ever tasted! We had a selection of 4 dips which were Tzatziki – cool and tangy greek yoghurt with cucumber and garlic, Melitzanosalata – blend of smoked aubergine, garlic, tahini, coriander, lemon and pomegranate seeds, Taramasalata – rich, creamy with naturally undyed cod roe & Spicy Feta Dip – roasted pepper and cheese dip, finished with a touch of chilli. Each dip had been made fresh with care and they all had such an individual unique taste. My personal favourite was the Tzatziki by far, I couldn’t get enough and I definitely ate far too much flatbread before we’d even thought about mains!
The Real Greek menu is ‘meze’ style. Meze means taste and/or snack, it is fairly similar to tapas. This was so ideal for the four of us as after all the flatbread we were already feeling fairly full. The recommended amount of meze dishes per person was 3 or 4, so we ordered a huge selection for us all to pick and choose from. I was very interested in trying the grilled Octopus as I have never tried that before and I love trying new foods, however upon ordering, Hannah informed me that the restaurant has taken Octopus off the menu for 6 months to allow them time to reproduce fully.
We ordered 3 portions of the Halloumi fries, as I mentioned earlier, I was beyond excited to try these and they did not disappoint. I also ordered the Chicken Monastiraki which was shredded chicken on a bed of Tzatziki (the dip I loved earlier), topped with onion and tomato and generously seasoned with paprika and greek herbs. It was a close second for me against the Halloumi fries.
I am a huge fan of Kalamari, so when I saw they had grilled Kalamari on the menu, I had to order it. The sticky Greek honey and paprika marinade really made this dish for me. It was so different to any other Kalamari dish I had ever tasted and I would definitely recommend this one.
Another dish ordered was the Chicken Skewers, these were served with lemon mayonnaise. I was a bit taken aback by the thought of lemon mayonnaise however I love lemon flavouring and couldn’t wait to try it. It was slightly sweet but complimented the chicken, onion and peppers nicely.
We ordered another skewer dish which was Halloumi and Vegetable Skewers. I got this purely for my love of halloumi and I knew I would like these. The minty yoghurt sauce that these were served with was divine! I ended up taking a few of these skewers home with me as well.
Loukaniko – Beef & Pork Sausage was a dish I had never heard of before so I was curious. This dish was served with a smoked chilli relish and was very delicious. It reminded me slightly of chorizo, which I love.
I was just about ready to pop and then the dessert menus came out. I was going to bypass desserts but when I saw that sorbet was on the menu, I couldn’t say no. We ordered a Mango Sorbet and a Lemon Sorbet to share and also Emma ordered the Caramel and Pecan Cheesecake. Emma ended up eating the whole cheesecake as the rest of us were fighting over this one lemon sorbet. It was incredible. So refreshing and the perfect zest of lemon throughout, I would highly recommend this dessert and I am so pleased we did not pass up the chance to try this!
I included snippets of our evening in my Weekly Vlog (it starts at 10:26) if you wanted to check that out. The Real Greek is a lovely addition to Bournemouth and the balcony terrace with views of Bournemouth Gardens will be absolutely stunning in the summer!