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Costa's; Notting Hill: Sadly now gone a proper old school restaurant

Was out last night with the boys for a few cheekies in Notting Hill. We decided to eschew the obvious curry or pizza and head to Costa's grill for some hearty food and few bottles of Keo. The place was packed but the owner who usually runs their fish and chip shop next door found us a table and we settled down to some good greek cypriot fayre. We started with an Ouzo each and some Humus, tamarasalata, halloumi and squid. Portions were fair, the dips delicious and all washed down with some lovely Keo though it could have been a bit colder. For mains we went for Kleftiko (Big Matt) and soulvaki ( Boro Tim and myself). They were very good, Matt's kleftiko in particular looked impressive. We followed this with a shot of zivania (great for sending the food on it's way) and some great greek coffee.

The restaurant itself is very much stuck in a time warp but I like it that way. The wood panelling and formica tables give you a hint of yesteryear. Everyone is packed in close but that gives it an intimate clubby atmosphere. in fact when we started to discuss the plight of Tim's beloved Boro team the guy sat next to us pitched in. He turned out to be none other than former Boro legend Alan Ramage! The bill worked out at about £35 each which was good value for what we had eaten and drank. The boys were very impressed and were singing it's praises well into our nightcap at the Uxbridge Arms.

Friday, April 24, 2009
Overall rating
Food 7 | Service 7 | Atmosphere 8 | Value for money 8

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