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Nottingham's Greek Restaurants: Reviews of Yiannis, Eviva and Yammas

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by Jenny Scott (subscribe)
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Published September 1st 2012
Nottingham's Greek restaurants are just one delicious morsel amid the banquet of international cuisine offered by the city.

Greek restaurants in Nottingham

Whether you're looking for high-profile home-grown fare (such as that of Michelin-starred TV regular Sat Bains), reliable chain cuisine (Jamie Oliver's, Carluccio's and Marco Pierre White have all opened over the past year) or cosy little places unique to the city, Nottingham has a whole host of different eateries on offer.

Greek restaurants in Nottingham

Nottingham's Greek restaurants probably fall into this last category. Eating Greek tends to be a bit more the norm in the South East but, over the years, those of us north of Watford Gap have also started to stumble across tempting little Hellenic-themed bistros that amount to something much more special than a kebab hut.

Find Greek restaurants in Nottingham

If the last time you graced a taverna was somewhere on the Balkan coast, perhaps you need to rekindle your affinity with hummus and halloumi. So if it's all Greek to you, read this feature to find out more.

Yiannis Greek restaurant in Nottingham, 67 Haydn Road, Sherwood

1). Yiannis Greek Restaurant

This is one of the best bistros in Nottingham. It's lovely in summer time but it's also nice and cosy in winter.

Baklava
Try delicious baklava at Yiannis
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The portion sizes can be a bit knock-out but, with food this good, who cares? Don't miss the starters with their keyboard-boggling names like tirokeftedes and spanokopita all freshly prepared from family recipes.

For mains, you can choose from a host of kebabs and casseroles, made with melt-in-your-mouth meat, seafood platters or fragrant veggie tucker. There's also a tempting specials board suggestions like scallops with bacon and halloumi with a honey and balsamic dressing caught my eye.

For dessert, I have one instruction try the baklava. It's an oozing, honey-drizzled delight. Yiannis is slightly more expensive than the other two restaurants here but still comfortably mid-budget. Eat here and you will never want to buy your hummus from Tesco again.

Yiannis Greek Restaurant in Nottingham
Yiannis Greek Restaurant in Nottingham


Eviva Taverna Greek restaurant in Nottingham, Barker Gate, Lace Market

2). Eviva Taverna

While Yiannis is out in the suburbs, this is a city centre Greek eatery that couldn't be more traditional if it tried. Eviva also has a tasty array of food, ranging from home-made hummus, kalamari and, of course, kebabs choose from chicken, lamb and steak. It's really handy if you're catching a tram or driving into the city centre, being mere footsteps away from Fletchergate.

Price-wise, it's fairly reasonable for a city centre restaurant, with main courses around the 12 mark. The atmosphere is exuberant the staff occasionally offer to put on some Greek dancing great if you like that sort of thing.

Yammas Greek Restaurant in Nottingham

3). Yammas, Thurland Street, Nottingham

This is the budget Greek eatery option in Nottingham. It's a very friendly little place, and they've made a lot of a building that used to look a bit sorry for itself under previous owners. As Yammas offers a kind of Greek tapas, the prices are cheaper than the other two restaurants. You're encouraged to mix and match your dishes I'd advise around two per person is about right (three if you've got an appetite). There are little meaty casseroles, crispy seafood and veg dishes and plenty of sliced pitta and hummus-style dips on offer. The staff are efficient and welcome you with convivial good humour. If you're on a budget or seeking something a bit partyish with a big group, it's a good choice.
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