Food Review: Kellari Greek Restaurant

Words: Julia Head
Photos: Julia Head
Thursday 04 January 2024
reading time: min, words

We can’t get enough of Beeston, and with the addition of yet another fantastic eatery, we pay a visit to Kellari Greek Restaurant to fulfil all our Greek cuisine cravings…

You may have driven past this restaurant situated on Wollaton Road, home to the old Yiannis. Kellari has put their own stamp on the business and given it a facelift inside: you'll step into patterned tiles and archetypal pictures of Santorini on white walls; it's a no-frills restaurant but let me tell you, the food speaks for itself.

You'll find all your classics on the menu from gyros to moussaka. Of course, I couldn't say no to starting with a slice of spanakopita and a plate of fried calamari. I must note, the starters took a while to arrive. "They must be making the spanakopita from scratch," I cried into my wine. Was it worth the wait? Yes. Did it taste freshly baked? Also, yes. It was one of the best I’ve had in some time, with lots of crunchy, flaky layers. 

Our mains arrived shortly after that; a swinging chicken souvlaki skewer accompanied by triangles of soft pita, creamy tzatziki, crispy fries, and a fresh, Greek salad. The chicken easily slid off the skewer and was juicy and tender. We also ordered something a little different to our usual Greek fare; a steaming plate of traditional beef stifado: slow cooked beef casserole in red wine, shallots, and allspice, served with the creamiest of mashed potatoes. This was a delightfully warming dish: the meat was deliciously tender, and the sauce was rich. I would 100% have both dishes again.

We didn't feel that we had room for dessert, but we decided to share one anyway. Again, we ordered something other than our usual dessert of baklava. Galaktoboureko: a delicate Greek filo pastry stuffed with homemade vanilla custard and soaked in honey syrup, served with a zesty citrus ice-cream. It was straight from the fridge, but I imagine it could be lovely served warm or at room temperature too.

It won't be long until we are back in Kellari to try one of the mezze sharing platters, and I wholeheartedly recommend adding them to your list sooner rather than later.

132 Wollaton Rd, Beeston, Nottingham NG9 2PE

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