What do Roka, Zuma and The Arts Club all have in common? Apart from all being in London, they’re all part of the Waney family and this month they’re going to get a new sibling in the form of a contemporary Greek restaurant in Fitzrovia.
Opening at the end of the month, Meraki will serve the finest Mediterranean ingredients, that the team have scoured the length and breadth of Greece for. You’ll find bottarga from Mesologgi, graviera cheese from Naxos and galotiri cheese from Crete. Heading up the kitchen will be Greek chef Dimitrios Siamanis and dishes will include slow-cooked ox cheek with hilopites from Trikala with artichokes and graviera; baked cod wrapped in vine leaves with artichokes and broad beans in a mussel broth and changing mezze dishes, chargrilled meats and whole fish dishes.
Naturally the wine list will feature a strong list of Greek wines from independent growers, but they’ll also be showcasing the growing Greek craft beer industry. There’ll be a dedicated cocktail bar which will make use of authentic Greek herbs including kritamo, mastic and marjoram.
With two entrances, one on Great Titchfield Street and one on Foley Street (that leads directly to the bar), Meraki will have space for a hundred covers in the restaurant, thirty drinkers at the bar and a further twenty covers on the two terraces.
Let’s finish on an educational note, why not, Meraki is a Greek term referring to the love and soul that someone puts into their work. New knowledge on a Friday.
Meraki: Opens 22nd June, 80-82 Great Titchfield Street, Fitzrovia, W1W 7QT, www.meraki-restaurant.com