A lovely, authentic Greek spot in the heart of Fitzrovia, Andreas is a little slice of Hellenic heaven on Charlotte Street. If you’re after Mediterranean cuisine for a decent price, look no further.
Named after its owner, Andreas is perfectly located right in the middle of Charlotte Street; an area known for its array of tempting eateries. Andreas' outside space is great for those who find the bright green interior a little too harsh on the eye, and in the warmer weather it’s a real hit for fans of al fresco dining. Aside from the questionable walls, the rest of the interior is pleasant, with wooden flooring and a small bar. A flight of stars leads you down to the additional basement bar, which is perfect for private parties.
Family owned and run, it’s evident that both Andreas and his son are incredibly proud of the restaurant – and quite rightly so. The cosy family atmosphere certainly rubs off on the customers, and ensures that everyone feels warmly welcome.
All the Mediterranean classics you would expect sit at the top of the appetisers menu: houmous; tzatziki; taramosalata dips; stuffed vine leaves; feta; halloumi; pita bread - all of which are deliciously authentic. The lountza (smoked fillet of pork) is mouth-wateringly charred and salted, as is the halloumi, so be sure to have plenty of drink at the ready. With every appetiser coming in at under £6, the starters are seriously good value for money.
Mains are divided into a variety of traditional Mediterranean meat dishes, as well as fresh seafood and vegetarian options. The moussaka is a must-try, though it is very rich and generously portioned. The lamb dishes are the real specialities at Andreas; succulent, tender and cooked medium rare. The lamb chops with rice, baked slowly with tomatoes and roast potatoes impress, as do the meatballs stuffed into vine leaves with rice and mint. For those after fish dishes, the char-grilled salmon, the tuna steak or the grilled octopus served with a feta salad are all well worth sampling.
For dessert, the obvious choice is the baklava. Again, it's authentic so there's plenty of nuance to what can be just a sickly saccharine abomination of one of the world's best sweets.
Andreas has a reasonable sized wine list with about a dozen whitesand a dozen reds, all of which are picked to complement the Mediterranean flavours (many come from Greece and Cyprus, too). The house white starts at just £4.25 a small glass (or £14.75 for a bottle) and is crisp, dry and drinkable. For those after a finer, floral wine, the Sancerre Pascal Joviet from France comes in at £29 and is worth doubling the budget for. A couple of champagnes and champagne cocktails are also available, as well as a small selection of spirits.
The Last Word
Andreas serves delicious homemade Greek cuisine at reasonable prices – just make sure you order lots of water to counterbalance the liberal seasoning. With a strong focus on quality and a passionate owner who takes pride in his business, this restaurant is the real Mediterranean deal.