Last week I was kindly invited to The Real Greek in Bournemouth along with a few other bloggers from Bournemouth to review their menu. I had never been to the restaurant before so I was more than excited to attend. Let me tell you, I was not disappointed.
From the moment I walked in, I knew it was going to be a good evening. From the decor, to the atmosphere and all the way down the gorgeous view of the Bh2 Leisure complex and the gardens of Bournemouth. Sat waiting for me were Emma & Louise who are incredible bloggers from Bournemouth and on the way was another Emma, who again is a lovely blogger from Bournemouth.
To kick things off we grabbed ourselves a few drinks, browsed the menus and ordered the first of many dishes from the menu. First up was olives and flatbread with some incredible dip. Honestly, I could live off their flat bread. It was quite entertaining watching the others try olives for the first time.
Then we head into main courses and oh my god, did we over order?! So the menu is set out in a ‘meze’ style. The Real Greek’s tagline is ‘Eat. Together.’ and that’s exactly what meze is all about. Ordering several different dishes, sharing them all and enjoying the food together. The menu suggests to have 3-4 dishes each and share them all.
Coming highly recommended was the Halloumi fries. I sh*t you not these were the best things I’ve tried. We ordered 3 portions and I think there was a total of 3 fries left by the end.
A few other dishes included shredded chicken, calamari, chicken wraps and sausage of all things. Honestly, there was nothing on the menu I didn’t like. We definitely had our favourites and I think that was echoed around the whole table. What was really nice is one of the other bloggers was vegetarian and they had almost as much option as everyone else. They really did cater to everyone.
We then head into the final leg of the visit… dessert. By this point of the evening, we were all sat there bloated, not really being able to move and regretting our choice of eating quite as much as we did. As soon as the dessert menu turned up, we soon changed our tune.
We ordered the mango & the lemon sorbet and the caramel & pecan cheesecake. First of all I went in with the mango sorbet and fell in love, then went in for the cheesecake and fell in love again but nothing could quite prepare me for that lemon sorbet. Holy sh*t. It was incredible. The flavour was so intense, so refreshing and so bloody moorish. With every mouthful, we were all left completely speechless. Without a shadow of a doubt, the best sorbet I’ve ever had.
When it came to ordering mains, Louise was going to try the octopus but they didn’t have it in stock. Why? Well because with every order they were processing, they were getting smaller and smaller. So to persevere the oceans & the octopus’, they’ve stopped offering it to allow time for the octopus to reproduce fully.
The same goes for straws. They stopped stocking straws to reduce the amount of plastics they’re using. Both of these points are great ways to preserve the planet & it’s really nice to see such a big chain of restaurants, proactively doing their bit for the planet.
Overall it was such a great experience with The Real Greek. The food was amazing, the company was great & our waitress, Hannah was impeccable. I really couldn’t have wished for a better night.
I was invited to The Real Greek for free, in exchange for this blog post. All views are my own.
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