A reader asked me why I rarely write about Greek food on the site. Frankly, it’s because I have to travel up North London for the good stuff. I’ve been in the Fitzrovia area for a couple months and have plenty of places to explore. I’m spoilt for choices, Honey & Co is down the road, Oxford Street is nearby. Besides The Real Greek everywhere in London, I haven’t seen much restaurants around. I found Vasis restaurant in Fitzrovia by mistake and made a mental note to try it for lunch one day.
The day came when I had a real craving for some moussaka. Vasis restaurant does a fantastic lunchtime deal for £13.95. When I visited at Vasis it was around mid-afternoon, the outside has big banners informing passerby that the venue is available for private hire, celebrations of all sorts, belly dancing etc.
Outside are tall white pillars holding up the neon signage lights, tables are covered in white and blue clothes. You instantly get the feeling of being transported into the Mediterranean with the foreign music and seaside deco.
The only negative was instead of being asked where I like to sit I was ushered into a corner, even though there was only one other table sitting throughout my visit.
You can tell the whole restaurant is family fun, the owner, partner and chef were present. Going back to the lunch menu you start off with freshly toasted up pita bread with 3 dips of houmus, tzatziki, taramosalata, with salad and sides of olives and pickled vegetables. Everything was tasty and fresh except for the olives, that seemed a bit shrivelled up and dry.
A plate of rice and roasted potatoes followed by my choice of mains. Roasted potatoes are cut up thick and chunky and the outer edges crunched biting into a soft potato. Rice is fluffy and fragrant.
The moussaka a la vasis was the show stealer, the thing I craved and didn’t disappoint. Layers of aubergines, courgettes, potatoes are baked in between pasta sheet layers covered in a luscious béchamel sauce. Vasis are not stringy with the filling, there’s plenty of everything. I couldn’t finish the meal.
Lastly, a platter of fruit chilled from fridge came and a filtered coffee (not pictured) was perfect for my set meal. I received a lot of food for the £13.95 and food was delightful.