When it comes to Greek food, home cooked is best. Preferably by my Greek Cypriot friend, Andrew Mao because between a handful of places in Brum, there’s not much on offer outside of Mao’s kitchen, let’s be real.
That is, until you venture to Sutton and visit Eleon. Tucked down Maney Corner, Eleon is a family run restaurant led by a husband and wife team who know how to put on a feast. Contemporary and comfortable, this restaurants pays no attention to look and feel, the food is the focus.
The menu relies on simple local produce and imported Greek ingredients all cooked with love and bursting with freshness. This is meze to share, fight over and eat the last bite over despite saying you’d split it.
We visit on a drizzly Sunday afternoon and the place is buzzing, with families, couples and friends sharing the final hours of the weekend. Its comfortable and these tables are in it for the long haul and that’s a sign of great food in my book.
The menu is extensive and it takes us a while to decide what to order and if I’m honest, I experience food envy throughout.
We start with grilled Halloumi that arrives with that soft and gooey consistency that rarely happens with halloumi. Delicious hummus and warm pita comes next with big juicy Greek olives. It’s a strong start.
Next comes Sifado- a generous portion of slow cooked beef in a rich, flavoursome mavrodaphne jus, rice and roasted Mediterranean vegetables. Its wholesome, comforting and just what I need on a Sunday.
Chargrilled Chicken Souvlaki skewers are tasty, accompanied by rice, salad and tzatziki. It’s a simple plate of food but delivers big on flavour and satisfaction. The only thing I would have liked, is pita bread on the side.
We make room for Baklava & Kataifi with honeycomb ice cream to finish and I’m so glad we do, its a buttery and syrupy texture.
I really enjoyed the food at Eleon; this is simple, authentic Greek cooking, bursting with flavour and love. The service is friendly and informed and the staff are lovely. Go check it out for yourself.
*Thanks to Eleon, I was invited to try the food but as always my opinions are my own because ain’t nobody got the time or energy to fabricate*