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Part of a new wave of Greek restaurants to hit London, Opso has an airy, light-wood and marble interior that immediately suggests a contemporary approach. It badges itself a 'social food’ establishment, and a high central table encourages co-dining. Watch out for the three-legged stools – three toppled during our dinner. Food isn’t cheap, but the menu departs from the norm. Taramas cream, Opso’s take on taramasalata, is thick, fishy and well-matched with crisp olive crackers; Kalamata olives are moreish and smoky. The riff on Greek salad (dakos) was OK, but lumps of rusk sucked up the balsamic vinegar to become eye-wateringly acidic. To follow, beef cheek fricassee was fall-apart delicious yet its egg-lemon sauce was rather tart, as was the tomato marmalade and lemongrass orzo with the lamb shank – but both accompaniments cut through the fatty meat admirably. Wines come from Greece and are passable, though they too are pricey.

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10 Paddington Street ,London W1U 5QL

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Jul 2014

Certainly not for the introverts as the communal tables at this breakfast, brunch and dinner cafe/bistro are noisy and rather claustrophobic, although there are separate tables dotted around too, as well tables outside to enjoy the sunshine. Upon entering, the first thing you notice is the light in the place: splendid floor to ceiling windows give a wonderful impression of airy space and vibrancy as you pass the bar with stools where you can also eat or just grab a coffee and a Greek pastry. We came...

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  • Food & Drink: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Atmosphere: 10
  • Value: 8

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