One of the capital’s more mature Greek restaurants, Elysée is currently in a state of limbo. Having had a much-needed facelift in late 2010, the surroundings certainly look the part: three floors of a handsome Georgian townhouse done out in classy, neutral tones. The food has improved, too, with the fresh flavours of modern Greece finding room among the popular holiday favourites. Mezze such as vine leaves or spanakopita vie for attention with a salad of watermelon, barrel-aged feta & mint, & there’s a short list of larger dishes from the grill: traditional skewers or lamb cutlets with a cracked wheat salad & pancetta-wrapped green beans, say. Sadly, unattractive prices & ’indifferent’ service can result in a shortage of customers – a shame, because it’s a fantastic site with great potential.
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