[dropcap]A[/dropcap]s an early birthday day treat on Friday, Ismay took me to Mazi, a Greek restaurant in Notting Hill. She did warn me that it was seriously delicious; but I was still blown away! This place is a gem. Everything on the menu is designed to be shared amongst the table- my favourite way to dine out! You can find it just around the corner from Notting Hill Gate station. I prefer a low key birthday nowadays- the curse of a December birthday is always having to battle the chaos of Christmas! So, just me, Ismay and Nina sat in a cosy candlelit corner of the restaurant, downing our welcome shots of passionfruit grappa before picking our dishes. A small dinner with my fellow Brunei buddies, just what I wanted!
The food comes as and when it’s ready, leaving everyone to tuck straight into it; our first dish was grilled aubergine with soy and thyme honey in a jar. There was a little metal pail of bread on the table that I tore chunks from to scoop the tasty aubergine into my mouth…and to also mop my plate.
Next to arrive was also another Jar dish- oak smoked mackerel with a very lemony quinoa. When it arrived, the waiter flipped the top off and a stream of smoke filtered through the air. Mixed into the quinoa were some cranberries (I think). The contrast of the sweetness from the berries with the zingy tang from the lemon was delicious.
We skipped the salads and went straight to the hot food to share. These are the souvlaki with pork wrapped in rice rolls…
…and this was the calamari with rocket pesto riceless risotto. Yes, those little pieces of ‘rice’ are in fact tiny pieces of delicate chopped up calamari. It came with a side of salsa and I loved every bit of it.
We finished off our meal with the shredded Rabbit Stifado with pearl onion cream and the Black Truffle Chicken. The rabbit was juicy, tender and sweet thanks to the sauce it was served with. If you are a fan of pulled pork, you will love this too! The Black Truffle Chicken was also tender and juicy, and the mushrooms served on the side were buttery and rich. I couldn’t pick which dish I preferred- but if you try this place you must get them both!
Ta da! Our amazing meal was topped off with these lovely doughnut bites drizzled in warm honey and lavender. Ismay had asked the restaurant to swap the side to chocolate sorbet since me and lactose aren’t exactly the best of friends. I love the little golden candle sitting on top of the sorbet scoop! It was just the sweetest thing ever. Here I am sniffing a stick of cinnamon, because why not.
It was a lovely way to start the weekend; a small intimate dinner with friends over amazing food. It’s a small restaurant, and we had to book in advance- it is so worth it- and everyone was just so nice! You can find Mazi on Hillgate Street, literally a stone’s throw away from Notting Hill station.
12-14 Hillgate Street
020 7229 3794