10 Greek Street
10 Greek Street, W1D 4DH
WLC Rank : 88
Glass from : £ 4.25 (125 ml)
Co-owner, Luke Wilson is always keen to rise to the challenge to satisfy guests seeking “anything new and interesting,” with sips of far-reaching finds including the Zivania brandy which recently promoted bar manager, George Symillides (formerly of Heist Bank) brought back from his native Cyprus. He also showcases an expanding range of lagers bottled at the Braybrooke Beer Co, Market Harborough which he is closely involved with. Brewed in a former grain drying store to what Wilson terms, “exacting German principles,” renditions may include Keller Lager, Session Lager, New Zealand Pils, a Cold Brew Coffee lager, and smoked lager, which he says works exceptionally well with food such as Herefordshire rib eye with cardoncelli mushrooms, kale and horseradish from the kitchen of 10 Greek Street’s co-owner and chef, Cameron Emirali.
Other dishes by Emirali (previously of The Wapping Project) may include lamb tartare and anchovy, then trout, blood orange, puntarelle, chilli and squid ink aioli, and the final icy kiss that is the pear sorbet and vodka.
A graduate in Biological Sciences, with previous hospitality roles including The Zetter and The Ambassador, as well as experience serving the City via importer, Liberty Wines, Wilson recently enjoyed a behind-the-scenes tour of Nyetimber during harvest, “and had an amazing lunch sitting in the vineyards!”
Wines must be delicious to earn a place on Wilson’s main list, with choices driven by purity of fruit and a sense of freshness. He also implores guests to ask to see his Little Black Book, where, neatly scribed in pencil along with the remaining tally of bottles, labels might include Liquid Farm, Four Chardonnay from Santa Rita Hills, Felsina, mature Fontalloro from Tuscany, and Clos des Papes Châteauneuf-du-Pape. “These wines are sourced from private cellars, auctions, and fine wine lists,” Wilson reveals.
When not at 10 Greek Street or boiling beer in Leicestershire, you may find Wilson on vinous reconnaissance at Albertine, Shepherds Bush. He is also contemplating a book about 10 Greek Street.
By Douglas Blyde.