When a foodie friend (@food_feels) organised a dinner and invited me to Estiatorio Milos one Friday in early November I got pretty excited. I hadn’t heard of the restaurant before despite it being located at 1 Regent Street in a grand, characterful building just south of Piccadilly and north of Pall Mall, but after doing some research it looked like it was going to be a real treat. Milos is a fine dining Greek restaurant that specialises in excellent fresh fish and high end traditional Greek dishes.
We entered the huge door and were met by friendly staff who showed us to the bar where I had a very refreshing cucumber gin martini to start. The restaurant is large, seating up to 180 people over 2 floors. One of the first things you notice is the vast fish market where Milos fly some of the best fish from Greece over daily (sometimes twice a day). The restaurant has a number of classic Greek dishes but generally the fish is the star of the show!
We started with a chef’s selected of raw fish sashimi style – sea bream, langoustines and grey mullet all with a citrus garnish and the mullet had the warmth of de-seeded red chillies. The quality and freshness of the fish made the dish really enjoyable. This was paired with a house speciality Greek wine which was fresh and fruity.
The next course was a stack of aubergine and courgette with tzatziki. The crisp texture of the vegetables with the dip made this a great in between course and a nice centrepiece at the table for sharing.
We then went on to more fish – lightly fried calamari, grilled octopus with fava bean puree (similar to hummus in taste) and a classic Greek salad. These all went well and I imagined that this would be an ideal beach lunch if you on holiday on a Greek island!
The main event was salt baked fish with greens, lobster spaghetti, lamb chops with large chips and a mix of grilled Mediterranean vegetables. The lamb chops were tender and succulent. My last visit to Crete I remember eating a lot of lamb and so this brought back good memories. The lobster spaghetti was full of flavour as was the moist white fish that had been baked and served at the table.
We finished with a selection of desserts – homemade yoghurt and honey, baklava and karidopita (a walnut cake scented with orange and spices).
The meal was a real feast in a fantastic restaurant. One for a special occasion or celebration. The restaurant was packed by 8pm and was still buzzing when we left at 10.30pm. The staff and chefs felt like they outnumbered the guests at a ratio of 2:1 and therefore the service and attention to detail was second to none. A very enjoyable evening.
Milos, 1 Regent Street, London – 0207 8392080