Ampéli | Charlotte Street Greek & Eastern Mediterranean restaurant
In terms of reputation, Greek wine doesn’t have nearly the same clout as Greek food. Which is a pita.
Because the fact is that, reputation aside, a great deal of Greek wine is actually very, very good. And Ampéli is coming to try and help demonstrate in the most delicious way possible.
Hitting the restaurant nucleus that is Charlotte Street this January, it’ll take its lead from the modern wine-focused restaurants of Athens, with a menu of both Greek and Eastern Mediterranean dishes paired with a list of indigenous wines from across the Greek mainland and its many islands. It promises to place a strong emphasis on the innovative, young producers who are leading the charge in the country’s burgeoning craft wine scene.
The kitchen’s being headed up by Head Chef Oren Goldfeld (previously at Nopi), and he’ll be putting together dishes like braised cuttlefish with orzo and Moroccan red pepper sauce; short rib stew with quince & date molasses; and some sweet poppy seed loukoumades (they’re like doughnuts made with Greek mountain tea syrup).
Sound worth toasting to.
NOTE: Ampéli is due to open on 15th January. We’ll be back then with the full scoop. In the meantime, you can find out more, and their website right HERE.
Ampéli | 18 Charlotte Street, W1T 2LZ
There’s already a little competition, it seems… Meraki is basically right next door.