If you wanted authentic taste of Greece, you’d not be expecting to head to Lanchester in County Durham. With the owners and staff holding on to their Greek roots, Yannis brings a dash of the Med without damaging your purse strings.
With a compact but mostly traditional menu, Yannis offers you an introduction to the Greek cuisine or a gentle reminder of summer holidays from yesteryear. This is a quick + simple review.
We ventured down to try out their incredibly good value 3 course meal for £6.95. With prices so low, I was sceptical about quality but needn’t have worried. The restaurant has a homely cosy vibe. Half of the seating has views to the kebab spit and open grill area. The food is served simply and honestly, there’s no airs and graces. You can even take your own wine with you!
Starting with a Horiatiki, the Greek Salad was packed full to bursting with the fresh flavours. Cucumber, tomatoes, peppers, olives and salty feta were marinated and garnished with herbs. It was a solid starter. There are 4 starters in total to choose from so you aren’t limited to a salad! The ables around us were ordering the cheese balls so we will definitely have to try them next!
Next up, I opted for the Chicken Souvlaki and it was a really great simple offering. 2 chicken skewers came served up with golden brown crisp chips, salad and a pitta bread with tzatziki. Basic, yes but delicious and just the right size for a mid week dinner after a hectic day at work!
The staff were only too willing to oblige when my guest wanted to swap 1 chicken skewer for a small portion of Gyros. The combination of the chicken and Gyros made a mini sampler plate which I think was a great idea to try more than 1 thing. The meat was flavourful and definitely attracted a double thumbs up.
With a simple choice of ice cream or coffee for dessert, the meal was rounded off quickly.
The full menu at Yannis will not break the bank and features dishes you’re both familiar with and may not have heard of.