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89 Regent's Park Road
Occupying its corner spot for more than 30 years, Lemonia must surely qualify for the ‘institution’ moniker by now. The place is run by Greek-Cypriots who do their best to offer a slice of Mediterranean sunshine, even when the weather isn’t playing ball. Cosy booths and hanging baskets help recreate the taverna feel inside, and when the sky is blue the terrace garden with its plentiful foliage comes into its own. The food consists of unreconstructed Hellenic staples – what you might hope for, really, and probably what most people would expect: tarama, hummus, grilled halloumi and suchlike to get going, but there’s octopus salad, too. Main courses have the same familiar ring: it’s like being on holiday on your favourite Greek island. Moussaka, stifado, grilled fish and hearty charcoal-flamed meats rarely disappoint, and Greek bottles star on the wine list. Want a set meal? The meze awaits.
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89 Regent's Park Road
Chalk Farm Tube Station 323m
Kentish Town West Station 960m
Primrose Hill 382m
Mon-Sat 12N-3pm 6-11pm Sun 12N-3.30pm
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Food + drink: 4
We had mixed feelings about going to Lemonia as we had read some mixed reviews. Being from Cyprus ourselves we had high expectations. Lemonia has a very classic greek restaurant feel about it and is in a lovely location.The service was impeccable and the food taisted good . My only complaint is that they do not have high chairs for children,which seemed strange to us.. Otherwise I thoroughly recommend .
Food + drink: 3
We'd walked past Lemonia before and it always looks inviting, very busy so it's obviously popular, so thought we'd try it. I booked for 8.45 pm on a Saturday and we had to queue to get in but they cleared the crowd pretty quickly, some people being turned away.
It's pretty noisy with several parties, birthdays and family events all through the dining rooms. Decor is traditional, the tables and chairs look as if they've been in place for the 30 years it's been open, and we were seated next to an old fireplace. Service functions well, with mature staff who know what they're doing and have seen it all.
It was a good evening and we enjoyed it, but had to think why it's so very popular. It's an institution, people have been coming here for years, it's family friendly, and the meze – which most people seemed to be having – is great for sharing and at just under £20 per head has to be one of the the best deals in Primrose Hill.
We didn't go for meze as it's often too much food. Specials of the day included several grilled fish which sounded good but we opted for the main menu. We had hummus, grilled halloumi and spanakopitta to start with warm pitta bread, all very good and appeared rapidly. The main course of slow cooked lamb with tomatoes and herbs was generous and very good, the grilled quail less so, not the juicy succulent little birds I'd hoped for but a bit dry, probably overcooked or kept hot a bit too long. Side orders of rice, mixed salad and grilled courgettes were fine. For dessert we shared a baklava and a yogurt with honey and nuts, lovely floral honey and crispy pastry offset by the creamy yogurt worked for us.
It's a casual place, relaxed but efficient. Food is good and there are no surprises. Next time we fancy sharing meze with friends we may well come here.
I have been here twice now – service is very slow due to it always being really busy, plus you tend to get the feeling you are often forgotten about. That said, the waiters are always very friendly in the end. Foodwise, its a pretty standard Greek menu – pricey in parts (£5 for humous starter?). We opted for the set meal which has a huge selection of cold/hot starters plus a mixed grill. We really couldnt finish it all and were full after the starters!
The downside – i think this place caters towards a much older crowd of people. Its in an extremely good location though, hence it always seems to be full. Good for taking the in laws out rather than a younger buzzy place to go. Foodwise, good but not amazing so ill be trying other options in the area next time.
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