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Akropolis greek restaurant review, Southend-on-sea, Essex

Akropolis beef strogonoff

Akropolis beef strogonoff

I had been meaning to go to this Greek style restaurant for a few years, and finally we visited this week which will probably be the last time. The menu is very extensive and they offer a wide variety of starters and main dishes, including some non-Greek choices. On arrival, the waitress was very pleasant and the surroundings a comfortable greek style, with dark blue walls with vibrant pictures. A guitar playing singer sat in the corner playing various songs, which was a real bonus, so we were very impressed, but unfortunately it stopped there.

Since we were late dining, we just shared a taramasalata and pitta bread starter and that was very tasty and light. Michael then ordered the Kleftico lamb, with roast potatoes, salad and rice and I had the filet beef stroganoff with rice and salad.

I have to say I didn’t even like the smell of my stroganoff, and I cannot explain exactly what was wrong with it, but it was just unpleasant – rich and creamy as it should be, but really very sickly. I managed only three mouthfuls before leaving the rest. The rice was similar to something you might get out of a packet and microwave, and the salad bland. It certainly wasn’t worth the £18.95 price tag.

However, I had a little of Michaels lamb, but it had an overly strong flavour and didn’t seem very fresh and the roast potatoes were also not freshly roasted, so the dish had the edge of microwave written all over it, which is not good for a dish of £12.95.

Overall, we didn’t eat much at all, and they did ask us why, so I told the waitress that I didn’t like it. She did offer to get me something else, but by this time I had a horrible strong taste left in my mouth from what I had eaten, so I didn’t fancy trying anything else, so she charged us for everything, making it the lowest value for money meal I have eaten.

It is such a shame, because the ambience and music (which is lovely because he has a list of many songs that you can request from) were so lovely, but I couldn’t return personally. It must be doing something right, however, since it has been there for as many years as I can remember.

Date of visit – March 2011

How many dined? 2

Average price per person for 3 course meal (excluding drinks) – Moderate (£20 – £30)

Service charge included? no

Food – 2

Service – 6

Ambience – 7

Value for money – 3 (should be 2 but higher only because we liked the musician)



01702 437 963


120 Station Road, Westcliff-On-Sea, Essex

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